Jewish Care home residents and community centre members enjoyed the festival of lights this Chanukah together with volunteers and staff, welcoming children from nurseries, schools and cheders to celebrate over the eight days of the festival.
Members of Jewish Care’s Edgware & Harrow Community Centre and children from Nagila Nursery who share a building, enjoyed a joint Chanukah Party at the Centre with traditional doughnuts and dreidels (spinning tops made for the festival), dancing and singing. At Redbridge Jewish Community Centre members of the Centre enjoyed tea and entertainment from a Klezmer band, as did residents, relatives and staff at The Princess Alexandra Home at their Chanukah party, which was kindly sponsored by the Hebrew Order of David.
Year 6 children from Hertsmere Jewish Primary School sang and played to members of Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Community Centre who enjoyed singing and playing along with musical instruments to Chanukah favourites. Afterwards they chatted and enjoyed doughnuts together. Children from Wolfson Hillel Primary School Choir in Southgate sang Chanukah songs and chatted to members at Connect@ in Southgate, where independent older members of the community enjoy socialising and stimulating activities.
Brondesbury Park Synagogue took their usual after school classes to Jewish Care’s Clore Manor home with Rabbi Levine leading candle lighting and singing on the accordian whilst parents and children brought donuts for everyone and enjoyed singing Chanukah songs and chatting together.
After the visit, Devorie Nyman, Head Teacher of the Brondesbury Park Cheder, said, “We were delighted to come back to Clore Manor to visit again. Festivals are all about giving and sharing with one another. What could be a better way to celebrate the joyous festival of Chanukah than bringing joy and giving to the older people in our community.”
Richard Shone, Jewish Care’s Community Engagement Manager, added, “In addition to the entertainment and activities our residents and members enjoy all year round and on festivals, these visits from schools and cheders really do light up our homes and community centres even more on Chanukah. Children learn a lot from talking to the older generation about their experiences and it helps to connect older people back to celebrations from their own childhood. It creates an even more meaningful way for everyone to celebrate the Jewish festivals together.”