A unique event run by ‘Light Up A Life’, enabled 70 residents from Kisharon College and Norwood to make colourful flower centerpieces. These beautiful works of art were put up in United Synagogues in honour of Shavuos.

Light Up A Life, part of ‘Better World Charity’ based in Finchley and directed by Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt, distributed art packs and ran online sessions. London artist Celine Mazal Fitoussi together with project lead Esther Radnor led the sessions during which residents safely created the crepe paper flowers from their own care homes.

Rabbi Akiva Rosenblatt, of Hadley Wood United Synagogue remarked: ‘The flowers in shul remind us of Mount Sinai, and how we the Jewish people stood united with a genuine love and respect for one another. What better way to illustrate this than with flowers from organisations who exemplify these values’.

Aviva Braunold from Kisharon commented: ‘It was a privilege for Kisharon college to work together with Esther from “Light up a Life” and artist Celine Fitoussi to create beautiful flowers to decorate Hadley wood shul for shavuos. A great community project. Students said they enjoyed making the flowers and were happy they were going to be seen by people in shul’.

“Residents from 10 Norwood homes in London and Essex had a fantastic artistic session with Light Up a Life and the flowers were then collected by them to distribute to Bushey US and Hadley Wood US for them to put up as decorations in the synagogues over Shavuot. Not only do events like this bring people virtually together despite social distancing and help get us all in to the Shavuot spirit, they also create provide vital interaction across all parts of our community, which has been a lifeline to so many during the pandemic.”

Dov Richman, Jewish Cultural Adviser, Norwood Schools

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