The Kisharon Further Education College have been busy on a joint project for Chanukah with the Kisharon Print & Design team as a social enterprise initiative. This is the largest Social Enterprise project Kisharon have ever conducted to date post the success of the Rosh Hashanah personalised honey. Synagogues were able to place Chanukah gift set orders for members of their community and Kisharon were thrilled so many orders were placed by a number of Synagogues reaching over 10,000 people1. As a result, donations have also been gratefully received which is appreciated as the project was not sold as a revenue driver, but as a social enterprise initiative.

Community members who received have been able to celebrate Chanukah with candles, matches and a Bracha card with all the blessings on – an astonishing 85,000 candles were distributed. College students helped label over 4,500 individual items for adults and children all with different labels which resulted in over 1,200 children receiving a craft kit to paint their own Chanukiah for the festival. Students have enjoyed seeing participants finished painted Chanukiah’s that have been shared across social media. The Kisharon Noé School also took part so every child received a pack too.

Aviva Braunold, Manager of Kisharon Further Education College says, “It has been absolutely wonderful to see the students so engaged in this meaningful task, see them follow the sequenced instructions and complete these large orders and have a sense of achievement once completed. When people place orders it’s not just about someone receiving a nice package, it helps Kisharon develop additional opportunities for vocational training which you cannot put a price on.”

The students at the College in their Covid secure bubble with their support workers were thrilled to be able to help, commenting it made them feel happy and good and even when they had completed the vast amount of orders, they wanted to continue!

A Synagogue commented, “We’ve had such warm and appreciative responses. And I do hope people will have turned to learn more about Kisharon. Thank you to all involved”. Sharon Mullish from Kisharon Noé School says, “The gift parcels are absolutely fabulous and will definitely bring Chanukah light and hope into everyone’s homes.