Ann Coyle retired from JCS on Friday 5th January. Ann had worked with JCS since 2007 and will be greatly missed! She was presented with gifts, flowers and bubbly on her last day. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavours.
The ever-popular Jewish Care Scotland Chanukah party was a resounding success. One of our Thistle club members described it as: “the best Chanukah party so far!”
JLGB and other young volunteers from the Jewish Community had kindly made an array of beautiful decorations, including hand print menorahs, 3D dreidel bunting and paperchains. As well as these decorations JCS volunteers had dressed the room with fresh, festive flowers. Kosher Kitchens provided a traditional Chanukah lunch with latkes and doughnuts.
This year was particularly special as Freda Barnett, a regular JCS club member, was celebrating her 95th birthday. Her family joined the Chanukah party and all enjoyed a slice of birthday cake!
The afternoon finished with all the guests receiving a fruit basket that had been prepared by our volunteers.
Our Chanukah party gives everyone the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah. For a variety of different reasons not everyone can celebrate Chanukah, so our annual party gives them the opportunity to enjoy the festivities in a warm and welcoming environment.
Jewish Care Scotland held their first ever Murder Mystery on Saturday 25th November at Maccabi, Giffnock. The new fundraising event attracted 95 people and raised vital funds for JCS.
Maccabi had been transformed with a striking red and black colour scheme; the décor included gothic, black candelabras entwined with ivy, flickering red pillar candles and black velvet decorated the windowsills. After a welcome drink the night’s thrilling entertainment, provided by It’s a Complete Mystery, a Scottish based theatrical company specialising in murder mysteries, began.
Guests enjoyed a buffet supper of chicken tagine and savoury rice, followed by a winter berry crumble which was catered by Kosher Kitchens. After supper an exciting raffle took place. The evening continued with audience members asking the characters questions and finished with the murderer being revealed.
Richard Groden, Chairman of JCS, thanked everyone who attended the events and the generosity of sponsors and supporters: Anonymous, Lorraine Bennett, Paul Bunis, Constance Care, Cowans Law, Sam & Yvonne Groundland, Kosher Kitchens, Lapworth Opticians, Leslie Wolfson Solicitors, Lux Beauty, Phil’s Boutique, Larry & Felicia Sellyn, Slaters, Lady Stone, Jennifer Watson, Watt Brothers, Whitecraigs Complementary Therapy & Beauty Room.
We’ve had great feedback from the guests, who really enjoyed the gripping entertainment and the opportunity to socialise with friends and family, as well as supporting Jewish Care Scotland. The Fundraising Team will be organising lots of exciting events for 2018.
The Fundraising Team setting up the Murder Mystery at Maccabi, Giffnock.
Francis Samuels, Jewish Care Scotland volunteer, placed 56 Magen David poppies in the Glasgow Memorial Garden, George Square on Sunday 5th November 2017. It raised a fantastic £84 for Royal British Legion.
Francis wanted to find a way for all at JCS to participate directly in the UK wide Remembrance Sunday 2017 commemorations. The wooden Magen David poppies were a brilliant way to get involved.
In the run up to Sunday 5th November Francis gave JCS clients, volunteers and staff the opportunity to donate for a Magen David poppy. It enabled everyone at JCS to make their own very personal contribution to remember each generation of young Jewish men who served their country in the British armed forces, during WWI and WWII.
Francis said: “Everyone at JCS embraced the event with such warmth and enthusiasm that I will be engaging with the wider Glasgow Jewish Community in 2018 to build on this year’s success. I hope everybody gets involved, from primary school pupils through the generations to great grandparents.”