Jewish Care Annual Review 2020 – 2021


Our leadership

Complex changes and significant challenges

Over the last year, Jewish Care has overseen some incredibly complex changes and experienced significant challenges in the face of a global pandemic that had an enormous impact on our staff, volunteers, and clients, many of whom are some of the most vulnerable people in society and rely on us for their care and support.

One of the biggest challenges we faced was losing members of the Jewish Care family. Despite all of our efforts, sadly, 75 residents across our ten care homes passed away either testing positive for or showing symptoms of Covid-19. Many of these residents had underlying health issues or were already receiving end of life care. Unfortunately, we also lost a member of staff to Covid-19, along with some dear members of our community centres, supporters and dedicated lay leaders, including our former chairman, Michael Goldmeier. We share the grief of each resident, member, supporter, and staff’s passing with their families and hold them fondly in our memory.

Jonathan Zenios
Daniel Carmel-Brown
The Lord Levy
Life President
Steven Lewis

A great year and a positive future

In spite of the many challenges that our homes and services faced, this did not stop the great work which happens across the organisation. To name just a few examples of this: Selig Court was assessed by the Association of Retirement Community Operators and judged once again to be an approved provider. Our Supportive Communities Tea Parties volunteers were recognised by the London Borough of Redbridge with the 2020 Mayor’s community award. Our plans to open and fill our newest Retirement Living scheme, Pears Court at Sandringham is moving forward. We have also celebrated birthdays, Jewish festivals, remarkable fundraising challenges, residents returning to homes after recovering from Covid-19, and more. We were also delighted to welcome Sunridge Court care home into our portfolio of care homes.

The development and roll-out of a vaccine was a true light at the end of a tunnel in 2020, as we encouraged and continue to encourage our staff, residents and members to receive their vaccination as soon as possible.

Thank you to our truly special community

As we reflect on some of the more positive aspects of the year, we are regularly reminded of the truly special community that exists within Jewish Care and are so thankful to those who make it possible. We can also see there are positive developments ahead as we look to plan to resume in-person activity safely and plans are underway to allow more visitors and volunteers back into our care homes.

We know that we would not be able to do the work that we do without the generous support of our Board, donors and volunteers, and we are incredibly grateful for the contributions that have been made to ensure we are able to reach our members and properly protect our residents and tenants during an incredibly challenging year.