Celebrating the first night of Chanukah at JCoSS

17 December 2014

Norwood celebrated the first night of Chanukah with doughnuts and a disco at the annual Chanukah dinner on Tuesday 16 December. The party at JCoSS was attended by more than 220 people who use Norwood’s residential and supported living services and Inbetweeners, a group for young people with learning disabilities, as well as support staff.

Norwood’s staff and volunteers were on hand to wait on tables, JCoSS students served drinks and nibbles and Norwood’s Rabbi, Stanley Coten, lit the first candle on the menorah. After the meal party-goers danced the night away at the Chanukah disco.

Norwood Chief Executive, Elaine Kerr said: “The annual Chanukah party is just one of the ways we enable people we support to celebrate their Jewish culture and traditions in a way that’s meaningful and engaging for them.”

Rachel Joseph, a party guest who was also celebrating her birthday, said: "I loved the Chanukah party, especially the music and the dancing.”

Through the Pears Special Resource Provision, Norwood have partnered with JCoSS to provide support for students with autistic spectrum conditions at the school.