Mitzvah Day: Scottish communities clear up

By Stephanie Brickman, November 19, 2009

In a collaboration between Glasgow UJIA, Maccabi and Giffnock and Newlands Hebrew Congregation, 50 Scottish youngsters tidied up the Jewish cemeteries at Sandymount, Glenduffhill and Cardonald and volunteered at care homes.

Giffnock and Newlands minister Rabbi Moshe Rubin took youngsters to the new branch of Mark’s Deli, where they asked shoppers to donate an item of food.

A similar initiative took place at the Hello Deli, with all donated goods distributed to the homeless.

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation members collected bed linen and blankets for the Samaritans. Edinburgh Liberal congregants went to Dunsapie Loch in Holyrood Park to create a firebreak between the gorse and the trees.

“Everyone agreed that it was fun and satisfying, so much so that we are already making plans to go back in three months,” said community member Lauren Fox. “We were proud to have contributed to the upkeep of the park, which has meant so much to so many.”

Last updated: 4:53pm, November 19 2009