Jewish Care HQ lit up to mark year of lockdown as communal death toll passes 900

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Jewish Care HQ lit up to mark year of lockdown as communal death toll passes 900

Head of social care charity thanks supporters who it 'could not have got through this pandemic' without, as Board of Deputies releases weekly mortality figures

Jewish Care Otto Schiff care home staff mark day of reflection

(Blake Ezra Photography)
Jewish Care Otto Schiff care home staff mark day of reflection (Blake Ezra Photography)

Jewish care’s headquarters in Golders Green was lit up last night to mark a year since lockdown, as the communal death toll passed the grim milestone of 900.

The charity lit up its Maurice and Vivienne Wohl campus in Golders Green on Tuesday evening to mark the anniversary, ‘hours after communal organisations took part in a national moment of reflection

Chief Executive, Daniel Carmel-Brown said it was lit up “to share our reflections on the last year with the community. We wanted to show that without communal support, we could not have got through this pandemic, and we are incredibly grateful for the way our supporters rallied together with us.

(Blake Ezra Photography)

Meanwhile, the Board of Deputies released its weekly mortality figures, compiled with seven denominational burial boards, which showed four funerals took place during the week ending 19 March, with the deceased having contracted Covid-19.

President Marie van der Zyl reflected on the figures, saying Pesach “will be a bittersweet experience for many.”

Daniel CarmelBrown outside MVWC ((C) Blake Ezra Photography)

For the many Jewish families who have lost loved ones in the last year, the hope that we can ‘all get back together again’ will never be entirely fulfilled.”

As hard as it is, we must continue to observe all Government guidance scrupulously. With a possible third wave in Europe building, we must not allow Covid-19 to take life unnecessarily. If we all act responsibly now, then we will be able to, once again, celebrate Shabbat, festivals and our Jewish life in the way we want, as soon as possible.”

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