Hundreds of children from seven primary schools are dancing their way through Purim whilst raising funds for Jewish Care to support older people in the community. They are taking part in Jewish Care’s seventh Purim Zumba this week in sponsored Zumba sessions led by Dancing with Louise. The schools taking part are Yavneh Primary School, Nancy Reuben Primary School, Akiva School, Kerem School, Sacks Morasha Jewish Primary School, Naima Jewish Preparatory School and Sinai Jewish Primary School.

Meanwhile, students at Kantor King Solomon High School are connecting with older people locally and have made and sent Mishloach Manot to residents at Jewish Care’s Vi & John Rubens House in Redbridge.

Older people across Jewish Care homes and Retirement Living apartments will receive Mishloach Manot and will celebrate Purim with parties and plays. Members across Jewish Care’s community centres and centres for people living with dementia are also enjoying hamantaschen, entertainment and live Megillah readings again too. Last year, the Purim Zumba, parties, entertainment and Megillah readings all took place virtually.

Adam Overlander-Kaye, Jewish Care’s Director of Fundraising and Community Engagement said, “ “We are so pleased that we are able to celebrate Purim together in-person again as a community for the first time in two years and so I’d like to thank all the young people who’ve had fun participating in the Purim Zumba whilst also fulfilling the mitzvah of giving to those in need and learning about what it means to be an active member of our community”.