Jewish Child’s Day was founded in 1947 to give Jewish children and their families in Britain the opportunity to help children in Europe whose lives had been devastated by the Second World War. Its guiding principle was to educate Jewish children in the UK about the importance of tzedakah (giving to charity) and chesed (acts of loving kindness) within Jewish law and tradition.
Although the causes have changed the abiding principle remains the same. Through Jewish Child’s Day’s fundraising activities and events children can increase their understanding of the continuing relevance of these mitzvot and broaden their experience of social action.
Jewish Child’s Day offers plenty of learning opportunities for children and teaching tools for adults, from colouring pages for pre-schoolers to more in-depth information about the projects and children which Jewish Child’s Day supports.
Jewish Child’s Day representatives are available to deliver talks to children from reception to sixth form about the importance of helping their less fortunate peers and various ways in which Jewish Child’s Day does just that. The message that children take away from these talks is a positive one – ‘children who have disabilities are just like me and can do everything I can do – they just need a bit more help to do it’
Many schools have enjoyed successful sponsorship and twinning projects:
In February each year Jewish Child’s Day’s holds a national schools fundraising day called Blue-ish Jewish Child’s Day.
Pupils are encouraged to wear blue in return for a minimum donation of £1. Schools and Chedrerim nationwide participate in this fun event which raises over £3000 each year for some very worthy projects. More than this, it’s an important opportunity to raise awareness amoung young participants about the problems faced by their peers around the world.
Clore Shalom School in Hertfordshire is amoung those who take part every year. Headmistress, Irene Kaye, said “Blue-ish Jewish Child’s Day is a great opportunity for the school to support Jewish Child’s Day and the children were very excited to be collecting tzedaka for such a good cause”. Naomi Amdurer, of Immanuel College, said, “Teachers and pupils alike had great fun and really entered into the spirit of Blue-ish Jewish Child’s Day”.
Of course, it all comes down to raising money, which is why Jewish Child’s Day can also provide useful information to help children do just that, including downloadable posters and sponsorship forms.
For more information about how your school can be involved please call Melanie on 020 8446 8804 or email her at email@example.com