Redbridge Jewish Community Centre to resume in-person activities

08 Dec 2021

Jewish Care’s Redbridge Jewish Community Centre (RJCC) will resume in-person  Community Centre activities at Woodford Forest United Synagogue at the end of December. Activities have begun to take place at the Synagogue with Jewish Care’s MIKE Youth Leadership Programme already meeting in-person.

Activities for RJCC’s Day Centre members will reopen at the Synagogue as soon as possible. Recruitment for Day Centre staff is progressing with the aim of in-person Day Centre activities resuming in the early part of the new year.

Woodford Forest United Synagogue is easily accessible by public transport and there is some parking available on site, which will make attending activities easy and accessible for members and volunteers who need it most.

Richard Shone, Jewish Care’s Director of Community Development said:

“We are pleased to have reached an arrangement with Woodford Forest United Synagogue to use the building on an interim basis for Jewish Care activities so that we can begin to welcome back older people in Redbridge. We are also pleased to have already resumed our MIKE Youth Leadership Programme and look forward to starting the Community Centre events programme in-person, which will resume during the week commencing 20th December 2021.

“In addition, we are delighted to share that when the RJCC Day Centre resumes activity, it will incorporate the Tuesday Club, previously run by Woodford Forest United Synagogue. Tuesday Club members will be very welcome to also attend the Day Centre programmes. The Day Centre and Tuesday Club will resume when we have recruited more staff, enabling us to run a fuller service and welcome back more of our members and volunteers.

“Jewish Care continues to remain 100% committed to the development of a new campus in Redbridge on the existing Sinclair House site. This is not just about physical infrastructure but development of the right services to meet current and future demand for all Jewish Care services and the local community in Essex. Following a positive pre-planning application meeting with the London Borough of Redbridge, we are now looking at how we progress to the next stage with our proposed development, and we will continue to keep you updated as our plans progress.”

Robin Jacobs, Chairman of Woodford Forest United Synagogue, said:

“We at the Synagogue have always prided ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, so this is a very exciting opportunity for the two organisations to work together for the benefit of the Jewish community in Redbridge.”

Alongside resuming Community Centre activities, Jewish Care’s Meals on Wheels, telephone befriending and online programming and events are all still available and will continue as usual to help older people in the community stay supported and connected. Jewish Care’s Supportive Communities groups have also cautiously begun to resume in-person activity, as have Memory Way Cafes for carers or family members living with dementia. *