They’re mak­ing an early start for tea

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

MITZ­VAH DAY came early for north Lon­doner Si­mon Mur­ray, who led what the or­gan­i­sa­tion claims was the first event of its 2015 pro­gramme — a tea on Sun­day for Jewish Care ser­vice users.

Mr Mur­ray 31, has been or­gan­is­ing sim­i­lar events for the char­ity’s clients but wanted to do some­thing on a grander scale for Mitz­vah Day. So he and some friends ar­ranged the tea at Jewish Care’s Gold­ers Green cam­pus for Holo­caust Sur­vivors Cen­tre mem­bers, res­i­dents of the Selig Court in­de­pen­dent liv­ing scheme and those who at­tend the So­bell Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

He said he was in­spired by at­tend­ing a din­ner for sur­vivors last year.

“The chair­man and CEO of the [leather goods] com­pany I work for, Stephen Spitz, in­vited me to the char­ity din­ner and I im­me­di­ately thought, ‘what a wor­thy cause’. This con­vinced me that my gen­er­a­tion needed to get in­volved and do more than at­tend an an­nual din­ner.

“I found out about the Jewish Care Sun­day teas and pledged to bring a group of young pro­fes­sion­als each month. We help out, have tea and chat. There is an en­ter­tainer, so we get up and dance with the res­i­dents. I think we en­joy it as much as they do.

“For Mitz­vah Day, we wanted to do some­thing spe­cial, so we had more peo­ple than usual and bought in cakes and bis­cuits.”

The main day is on Novem­ber 22 and the ini­tia­tive has spread to 20 coun­tries.

Si­mon Mur­ray tak­ing tea with Yvonne Cooper

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