Chai’s spectacular Rosh Hashanah Gift Sale raised more than £30,000!

Chai’s spectacular Rosh Hashanah Gift Sale raised more than £30,000!

On Wednesday 1st September, Chai’s flagship centre in Hendon was buzzing as loyal supporters came to shop more than 30 vendors offering an eclectic mix of beautiful homeware, Judaica, jewellery, clothes, flowers and chic millinery.

And it didn’t stop there! Back by popular demand, our Artisan Market tempted shoppers with a selection of indulgent food and drink stalls including a gin bar, freshly cured smoked salmon, chocolates and of course Tony Page’s delicious honey cakes.

To keep shoppers fuelled throughout the day, Oh Brown Bear’s iced coffee and cookie van; Crepes & Shakes London by One Ashbourne and Ben Tenenblat’s famous ‘Crave’ trailer were on hand serving mouth-watering gourmet street food, snacks and refreshments.

In the afternoon, powerhouse husband and wife team, Sarit Packer and Itamar Srulovich of Honey & Co, hosted an exclusive live cooking session.

The Gift Sale also saw the launch of a new chocolate cookbook in aid of Chai. ‘Babka, Boulou & Blintzes – Jewish Chocolate Recipes from Around the world’, is packed with a tantalising range of sweet and savoury recipes for every occasion, from ‘sourdough rye brownies’ and ‘chocolate and roasted beet ice-cream’ to ‘Sicilian caponata’ and ‘chocolate chilli’. 

Event organisers, Debra Zender and Julia Abrams, said: “We approached the gift sale with trepidation this year – not knowing what to expect. There was a steady stream of shoppers all day with an incredible atmosphere in the building. We are completely blown away by the support of our community – with the odds stacked against us we raised over £30,000. An amazing amount of money which will go a long way to help support Chai’s vital work in the community.

We would like to thank our sponsors Roundtree Real Estates, Tony Page for gifting 300 of his famous honey cakes, Hart & Co for generously donating a marquee, CST for their security on the day and all the stall holders who kindly gave a percentage of their takings. This event could never have happened without their generosity and for that we are so grateful.”

Chai’s chairman Louise Hager said: “the Gift Sale was extra special this year as it’s the first major event back in our centre since Covid. Not only is this an important fundraising event, it’s an ideal opportunity for many to visit Chai for the first time and experience the special atmosphere that has such a positive effect on all those who benefit from our specialised services.”