North West LondonJewish Day School and Mitzvah Day 2010

By North West school
October 15, 2010

On the theme of Remembrance, we will be making and sending Chanukah cards and Christmas cards to Jewish and non-Jewish troops on active service. The cards are being sent through the auspices of the Royal British Legion, Support our Soldiers and the AFJC welfare organisation for Jewish troops in the present day forces.

We are starting our theme of Remembrance on Armistice Day with the 2 minutes silence and following this up by a visit from Col Mordaunt Cohen on Monday 15th November to tell the whole school his story of serving as a Jew in HM Forces during WW2. The cards are being made on Friday 19th November by the main body of the school but on Thursday 18th November we will be welcoming Year 6 from Christ Church C of E School to join our year 6 in making tha cards.Our Reception class has been in contact with a serving Jewish soldier and sends him letters and food parcels on a regular basis and Captain Airey has promised to visit us in the next cople of weeks when he is on leave to talk about what iy's like to be a Jeewish soldier serving in taoday's Forces.

Our other project focusses on the shared history of the local refugees and of the families of some of the children in the school. Some of the children have relatives who came to this country as refugees so we using that experience to link up with the Brent Refugee Forum to collect much-needed goods for them such as nappies and general toiletries. Our usual method for collections of this kind is to use a box or table outside the headteacher's office but I had the idea that the children would rather like to fill a supermarket trolley with the goods rather than a boring box. To this end and with the help of a well-informed colleague I rang Tesco at Brent Cross who were replacing their trolleys and offered to re-cycle one for them! They were delighted to accept so this will be placed in the entrance hall of the school in the week of 15th November ready to recive the children's donations.In preparation for this, we are inviting a Jewish refugee to speak to the children in the run-up to Mitzvah Day so that the children can see that we have to deal kindly with the starnger because as the Torah says, we were strangers in a strange land.


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Fri, 10/22/2010 - 16:28

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Some more exciting news of what is happening at North West this Mitzvah Day.
To kick start it all off, we are delighted to welcome the President of the Finchley and Hampstead Garden Suburb branch of AJEX, to speak about Remembrance and remind us all why will be stopping at 11am on that day to reflect on the debt we owe the Fallen and those who fought and are still with us B'H.
On Wednesday 17th November Mr Herman Hisrchberger, one of the Kinder, will be speaking to the children about his experiences as child refugee and on why it is so important for us a Jews especailly to help those refugees who have arrived more recently.He will then speak to Year 6 in more detail about his life and answer any questions they may have.
On Thursday 18th November, year 6 from NW will be visiting Christ Church school and making Chanucah and Christmas cards together. We are delighted to say that the Mayor of Brent, Councillor Singh, has provisionally accepted an invitation to join this interfaith afternoon.
Captain Airey is at present safe back from Afghanistan and with his regiment in Yorkshire but will be home on leave shortly and will be coming in as soon as he can to meet the children and speak to them.
More news as oon as there is some. Watch this space


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