Mitzvah Day: Volunteering across the world
A group of young pickers recovering from their exertions. Pic taken by Yonit Schiller.
Providing an international flavour to Mitzvah Day, 250 UK ex-pats gathered at Kibbutz Schiller, near Rehovot, picking oranges for Leket Israel, a charity sourcing surplus food for distribution to the needy.
Project organiser Charlotte Casselson said “the response has been overwhelming. To see people of all ages and nationalities showing their support for this invaluable organisation is inspirational.” Formerly known as Table to Table, Leket Israel provides more than 110 tons of food per week to over 230 soup kitchens, homeless shelters, old age homes and other organisations.
There were also Mitzvah Day events in France, Hungary Poland, South Africa and America.
Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks observed: “It’s great that when Jews from this country go to live elsewhere, the spirit of Mitzvah Day travels with them.”