Mitzvah Day: Gifts galore in Manchester
South Manchester Synagogue women with a few of the donated items
Organisers at South Manchester Synagogue in Bowdon were overwhelmed by the generosity of members who donated goods for World Jewish Relief and other charities.
In addition to collections on behalf of destitute asylum seekers, Cheshire Reform held a special cheder session to make pupils aware of their plight. Youth worker Ben Abram said that “by asking them to reflect on their own family backgrounds, which include Jewish refugees”, it had been an exercise in challenging stereotypes.
Jews and Christians worked together at an allotment run by interfaith organisations in Gorton, east Manchester, which cultivates organic produce to feed homeless and other vulnerable people. The venture was co-organised by Jonny Wineberg under the aegis of the Faith Network for Manchester.