Mitzvah day

Everyone’s a cup holder as Liverpool loan their precious trophy

November 20, 2008

Liverpool Football Club gave the Merseyside Mitzvah Day programme an added kick by loaning the European Cup it permanently holds - recognising the club having won the trophy five times -as well as making a financial contribution.

Some of the 250-plus local participants took the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy, among them organiser Jessica Bernstein, who put the programme together in six days.

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Volunteers out to help the less fortunate

November 20, 2008

Shadow Charities Minister Nick Hurd visited Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue to support the 200 people giving blood in a joint initiative with Northwood United shul.

In total, 450 Northwood Liberal members were involved in the day, prompting Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles to declare that "in these credit crunch times, it's good to know we can all still do our bit for charity by giving not cash but a little time".

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Performing, redecorating, and creating gifts for destitute children

November 13, 2008

• Members of religion school and adults will be rehearsing from 9.45 and then going off to perform a show for the residents of the Jewish Care home Ruben's House in Finchley Central at 11.00am. They will also be decorating the home and making decorations to prepare for Chanukah.

• Helping to redecorate the Homeless Action in Barnet's Day Centre. The centre, which offers clients services including meals, showers, laundry, medical, social and psychiatric services, will be repainted, cleaned and generally revamped by the teams of adult volunteers

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Workshops at Hampstead Town Hall

November 11, 2008

The Jewish Deaf Association (JDA) will be reaching out to young and old during Mitzvah Day on Sunday.

Led by their community centre assistant Danielle Jacobs, deaf JDA employee Jeremy Freeman, a team of JDA staff and volunteers will be running workshops at Hampstead Town Hall.

From 2pm until 3.30pm the "Say That Again" workshop will teach people how to cope with members of their family who may be losing their hearing.

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More volunteers needed for various Mitzah projects

November 11, 2008

Wimbledon Reform Synagogue are calling for volunteers for their Mitzvah Day activities. Various activities will be taking place around South London and they need your help!

Here are the activities that you could come and take part in...

1. St. George's Hospital, Tooting - 3-5pm

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Barnado boxes, cleaning up Stanmore Common and buying extra veg for donations

November 11, 2008

Children from Kol Chai Hatch End Reform Jewish Community's cheder will spend the morning involved in a number of activities ranging from packaging boxes of gifts for Barnado's to assisting the Harrow Nature Conservation Forum in cleaning up and conserving Stanmore Common.

Meanwhile their parents will be asking shoppers going in to Steve's Deli and Barnets in Stanmore to buy extra groceries to donate on their way out, which will be sent to The New Hope Trust in Watford.

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Present giving hospital scheme and Jewish Care Home visit

November 11, 2008

Youths from Habo will be having fun on Mitzvah Day.

In the morning they will take part in an educational activity which will culminate in wrapping up presents as part of Barnardo's present giving scheme for children in hospitals. In the afternoon, they will visit a Jewish Care Home & entertain their residents.

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Gift boxes, book collecting, painting and decorating and a church-synagogue shopping initiative

November 11, 2008

Rabbi Mark Goldsmith is calling on other Jews and non-Jews from the area to do their bit for local charities on Mitzvah Day. He is urging them to join members of his community to become actively involved in the spirit of the day.

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Mitzvah Day Fayre

November 11, 2008

Rabbi Dr Tony Bayfield, Head of the Movement of Reform Judaism, his daughter Rabbi Miriam Berger and his grandchildren will all take part in Akiva School's Mitzvah Day Fayre.

Children will be making cards for soldiers, collecting nappies for asylum seekers, making holiday boxes for children in need and planting pots to be distributed to the elderly.

Families from the Akiva school will also listen to presentations by members of the school and local community who volunteer their own time on regular basis to good causes.

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‘Buy One- Give One’ event

November 11, 2008

A ‘Buy One - Give One' event outside Somerfields Supermarket on Burton Road, West Didsbury, will take place between 11.00am and 5.00pm.

Rosemary Taylor of Manchester Reform Synagogue and her team of 18 volunteers will ask shoppers to buy an extra item and donate it for the homeless.

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