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Date(s) - 14/02/2018
3:30 pm-4:30 pm


Mazel Tov Brighton is a new project celebrating links between Judaism,and the city of Brighton and Hove, run by Strike a Light Arts & Heritage.

Open Strings Music are running music and dance sessions as part of the project, in February and May.

The project celebrates Judaism through active aging, finding physical as well as mental ways to address early onset dementia. We will do this through dance activities and physical workshops, whilst exploring Brighton’s Jewish history, with residents of Hyman Fine House into summer 2018. Many of these residents and volunteers were born in the city in the 1920s and 30’s and remember it well including shops, people, places and rituals.

Dance practitioners will encourage physical activity withresidents and carers that celebrate traditional Jewish performance including Sephardic dance, the Hora, and Flamenco which has links with this heritage. We will revitalise residents, generate energy, uncover memories, and explore city heritage.  This project ensures generational memories aren’t lost to dementia, preserving physical traditions and movement; celebrating Judaism’s rich tradition.

Each dance themed session will be a taster creative activity, gauging resident interest in particular themes. Our participants with dementia especially find it hard to be mobile and exercise outside, so we will do all possible to encourage physicality through dance in a creative,empowering way that links with existing tradition.

Brighton in the middle part of the 20th century had a pulsating Jewish heart and it was not just in the synagogues. Waterloo Street had a kosher butcher shop and delicatessen, a lively centre of Jewish eating culture. It was Hove’s own Golders Green. Here, cheek by jowl, stood the kosher delicatessen and bakery Chait, the fishmonger Marks’ and the greengrocer run by Jack Caplin.

These memories are especially significant at the 250th anniversary of Judaism in Brighton (Israel Samuel first moving to the city in 1766). In partnership with the charity Jewish Care (of which Hyman Fine House celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017) and Brighton Museum (Community Engagement Service), we aim to explore the museum’s image archive creating a series of reminiscence sessions with residents at the home.