Cleaning up their act in Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, November 24, 2011
Andrew Morris, Abi Millar and Sarah Levitus in Cosgrove Care's garden

Andrew Morris, Abi Millar and Sarah Levitus in Cosgrove Care's garden

Continuing a Mitzvah Day tradition, Glasgow youngsters removed litter and weeds and washed headstones at the Glenduffhill and Sandymount Jewish cemeteries.

The group at Glenduffhill had an extra mitzvah opportunity when asked to join a funeral party that was short of a minyan.

Other participants collected non-perishable food at Giffnock's two kosher delis for the Edinburgh Cyrenians food redistribution project. Young people also helped out at Cosgrove Care and socialised with Jewish Care clients.

Glasgow activities were co-ordinated by UJIA, whose Joanna Hyman said: "It's really lovely to see the youth engaged with the wider community and they all got a lot out of it. We hope we'll have as many people next year."

Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation's 13 cheder pupils made challah for Shabbat celebrations for young people with learning difficulties and also created a Postman Pat Chanucah story.

It was great to have everyone working together

Two Hebrew Congregation members helped a group from the Liberal community to clear gorse in Holyrood Park under the supervision of the park rangers.

Edinburgh Liberal chair Gillian Raab said: "It was a full day's work but there was a lot to show for it by the end. It was great to have families coming along and to have everyone working together."

Last updated: 2:56pm, November 24 2011