Community life

Facebook staff 'like' to add a splash of colour

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Mitzvah Day got at least 40 "likes" from the UK Facebook office whose sales team came to lend a hand at their local Salvation Army shelter and a youth club last week.

Members of the sales team re-painted hallways and provided a hot lunch at the Cambria House shelter, as well as de-cluttering the New Horizons youth centre in London.


Green army reaches 37,000 as it marches on

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May joined thousands of volunteers who took part in a record-breaking Mitzvah Day by donating her lunch to the homeless.

Sunday's ninth Mitzvah Day saw 37,000 people donate 150,000 hours of their time to participate in 1,200 social action projects across 20 countries.


Every little helps a lot

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

An interfaith food collection at Brent Cross Tesco resulted in 90 crates of food and toiletries being donated to Colindale foodbank.

Jesus House joined Hendon Reform Synagogue and Hendon Mosque for their third interfaith Mitzvah Day collection, asking shoppers to buy an extra item to donate to the needy.


Bushey shul plays its cards right for charities

By Jay Grenby, November 20, 2014

Bushey United Synagogue's members truly entered into the spirit of Mitzvah Day, with more than 450 volunteers taking part in 16 projects, both for local charities and for some in Israel.

"Feedback from the charities has been great," said a Bushey spokesman, "and they have been extremely appreciative that our members gave up their time."

Among the projects undertaken by Bushey volunteers were


Be-spoke service at JW3

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Sometimes, the simplest ideas are the most effective, as Jem Stein proved with his bike scheme that collects unwanted bikes to be repaired and then donated to asylum seekers.

Mr Stein, 27, launched the project in March 2013 to help refugees in the UK gain access to vital services such as education, health-care and food charities.


'If we all did this we would be in a better place'

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

Looking at the joyful photos of this year's Mitzvah Day, you might well say a picture is worth a thousand words. But some photos do not tell the whole story, as is the case with the photos taken by volunteer Sarah Ezekiel at the Mitzvah Day event she organised at the Marie Curie hospice.


Gardener digs deep-ly for Kisharon

November 20, 2014

More than 40 volunteers were a "big help" to Kisharon gardener Flavio Pereira who gave up his Sunday morning to run a Mitzvah Day project at the charity's Hendon headquarters and adult day centre.

Brazil-born Mr Pereira became involved with Kisharon's work supporting people with learning difficulties in the summer.


Visit from Orient stars is a (care) home win in Ilford

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

Leyton Orient players were top of the league with residents at Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens home in Ilford during a visit that has become a Mitzvah Day tradition.

Scott Kashket - whose great-grandmother Tilly Stern lives in the home - and club captain Nathan Clarke spent an hour chatting to residents and carers in what was the fifth annual visit for the East London side.


Reindeer food goes on the good deeds' menu

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 20, 2014

Packages for homeless people, Christmas presents and even reindeer food were among products of Mitzvah Day volunteers across the north.

Government offices for the Department for Communities and Local Government in Liverpool and Newcastle gave away lunches to help people in homeless shelters, along with Manchester law firm Kuit Steinart Levy.

Destitute asylum seekers in Manchester were donate


Prince Charles honours Kinder at tribute concert

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2014

Prince Charles marked the anniversary of Kristallnacht at a special tribute concert honouring those who fled to Britain on the Kindertransport.

The heir to the throne was guest of honour at the London premiere of The Last Train to Tomorrow, a musical re-telling of the story of the 10,000 Jewish children who found refuge from Nazi oppression.