Purim Zumbathon is now in its third year as more than 750 children from three schools danced their way through Purim, whilst raising funds for Jewish Care. Zumba participants included rainbow unicorns and a giant inflatable panda. At Kerem, Rosh Pinah and Moriah Jewish Primary Schools, children’s costumes were equally creative and colourful. The sponsored Zumba sessions were led by Jo Martin and Dancing with Louise Zumba instructors and raised money for Jewish Care to help support older people in the community.
A group of Year 6 Kerem pupils added, “We’ve loved doing the Purim Zumba, it’s great because we can dressed up and all zumba together and have fun. We’re like one big family and it’s good we’re doing something to help older people at Jewish Care. It’s good to know that they can celebrate the festivals too.”
Daniel Carmel-Brown, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Jewish Care adds, “Giving to those in need is one of the obligations of Purim. The Purim Zumbathon’s both enable young people to have a great festival and fun Purim whilst fulfilling this important Mitzvah and learning about what it means to be an active member of our Jewish Community”.
Over Purim, schools and synagogue groups including Hampstead Garden Suburb youth and Hasmonean School have been visiting Jewish Care homes to celebrate with residents. The Jewish Care B’nei Mitzvah programme volunteered at Reuben’s House and making hamantashan with the residents and members of Jewish Care’s community centres.