Chanukah gift-wrapping for Jewish Care residents. Credit: Jewish Care
Various members of the community connected with one another to mark Mitzvah Day across Barnet.
It is the UK’s largest faith-led day of social action and took place this year on November 21.
Jewish Care’s Michael Sobell Jewish Community Centre members packed snack bags for The Joely Bear blood drive for Camp Simcha and residents at Otto Schiff care home made Chanukah cards for Camp Simcha to give to seriously ill children in hospital.
Families and young volunteers from BBYO, Bnei Akiva and Woodside Park Shul guides made personalised Chanukah cards and wrapped gifts for Jewish Care residents, tenants and community centre members.
Dozens of children from 20 schools also spent time making the cards to bring warmth and joy to older people at Jewish Care.
Chipping Barnet Conservative MP Theresa visited the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet to plant 1,000 crocus bulbs.
She was joined by members of the Rotary Club and Woodside Park Shul Scouts.
Inside, residents planted spring bulbs, with Akiva Primary School donating plant pots.
Theresa Villiers MP was among those who attended the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre. Credit: Jewish Care
Adam Overlander-Kaye, who is Jewish Care’s director of fundraising and community engagement, said: “Mitzvah Day is a great opportunity for the community to support Jewish Care and for Jewish Care residents, retirement living tenants and community centre members to give back to others in the community.
“We are so pleased that the day allows us to connect and work closely with other organisations, supporting young and old to give to one another. ”
He added: “The bulb planting at Jewish Care’s Betty and Asher Loftus Centre was very special and we’d like to thank Theresa Villiers for her support.
“We would also like to thank The Rotary Club for donating so many bulbs that will bring the residents and visitors much enjoyment from the bursts of colour as they come up.
“It was also lovely to have young people wrapping the Chanukah gifts generously donated by Jewish Care families, ready to bring joy this Chanukah.
“Thank you so much to everyone who chose to support Jewish Care this Mitzvah Day.”