JW3 shows the Is­rael con­nec­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY DANIEL SU­GAR­MAN BY SI­MON ROCKER

THE HELP Jewish Care pro­vides to a de­men­tia suf­ferer and her hus­band is show­cased in the char­ity’s Pe­sach ap­peal.

Lorice at­tends the me­mory café at Jewish Cen­tre’s Sam Beck­man Cen­tre in Fri­ern Bar­net. Mau­rice, who is his wife’s carer, re­ceives sup­port and guid­ance from mem­bers of the ded­i­cated carer team.

“Her me­mory loss started around eight years ago,” Mau­rice told the JC. “We started with Jewish Care two or three years ago.

“It’s great to see how much Lorice loves be­ing there [at Sam Beck­man] and see­ing friends. She re­ally en­joys the mu­sic ses­sions and the singing. And the staff and vol­un­teers are bril­liant with her. This year we’re look­ing for­ward to go­ing to the mock Seder.”

The time Lorice is at the cen­tre frees up Mau­rice to do his gro­cery shop­ping and clean the house. “I’m slowly get­ting quite good at it.”

He val­ues the sup­port of the char­ity’s car­ers. “It’s nice to talk to some­body in con­fi­dence who is not part of your fam­ily,” he said.

“I can say what­ever is both­er­ing me and they are very good with it.

“They al­ways call to see how I’m do­ing. They’re full of ad­vice about look­ing af­ter Lorice. I don’t know where we’d be with­out the sup­port from Jewish Care.”

Jewish Care needs £1.1 mil­lion an­nu­ally to keep its de­men­tia day cen­tres open.

AN EX­HI­BI­TION doc­u­ment­ing Jews’ his­toric con­nec­tion to the land of Is­rael will be dis­played at the JW3 com­mu­nity cen­tre in Finch­ley Road un­til Pe­sach.

Pro­duced by the Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­tre, Peo­ple, Book, Land was shown at the House of Com­mons last month and will go on to cathe­drals in Manch­ester and Liver­pool af­ter its JW3 ex­hibit.

It was cre­ated three years ago to counter Pales­tinian ef­forts at Unesco to oblit­er­ate Jewish links to the land of Is­rael.

Only last year, Unesco passed a res­o­lu­tion omit­ting any ref­er­ence to the im­por­tance to Ju­daism of the Tem­ple Mount in Jerusalem.

“We an­nu­ally lobby against the theft of our ID,” said Shi­mon Sa­muels, in­ter­na­tional direc­tor of the Wiesen­thal cen­tre, the only Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tion af­fil­i­ated to Unesco’s World Heritage Com­mit­tee.

Board of Deputies pres­i­dent Jonathan Arkush said the ex­hi­bi­tion was “part of the an­swer to the cam­paign of mis­in­for­ma­tion and de­lib­er­ate de­cep­tion which is aimed at the Jewish peo­ple — and sev­er­ing its con­nec­tion with the state of Is­rael”.

PHOTO: PHIL KEEVIL

Mau­rice with a sup­port worker

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