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From Coats to Cooking: US Chesed in Action
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Thursday 26th November 2015

This week we are delighted to showcase the huge range of projects carried out by our Shuls for Mitzvah Day. Over 30 United Synagogue communities participated in this social action day covering a wealth of activities including interfaith projects, collections of clothes for a variety of causes including people supported by Gift, the homeless, asylum-seekers and refugees, visits to care homes by mums, dads and babies, making of Chaunkah cards for Israeli soldiers, to mention just a tiny fraction of the activities that were held that day. 

A new project put forward by Project Chesed this year was a collection of coats for ‘Wrap up London’. This is a charity in its 5th year which collects coats. Once all the coats have been collected, they are then taken to their warehouse locations, sorted and graded.  The coats are then collected by over 170 organisations, which help a range of people in need including the homeless ,elderly, refugees, women who have fled domestic violence and children in poverty. Thanks to our kind and generous members, ten of our shuls collected so many coats that we amassed two vanloads and delivered  them to a warehouse in Pentonville Road. 

Building on what you have all been doing as part of Mitzvah Day, we have lined up a joint project with Tikkun in which we are asking members to spend some time over the Xmas – New Year holidays cooking food which can be distributed to those in need – whether that be people in your own community members or people in a hostel for the homeless for example. You do the cooking in your shul kitchen and choose where you want it to be distributed. It’s fun and it’s doing something worthwhile. If you want more information about this project, please contact either your local synagogue or

We'd like to thank the following US synagogue that took part in Wrap-Up London:
Barnet; Borehamwood & Elstree; Chigwell & Hainault; Edgware; Kenton; Redbridge; Shenley; South London; Stanmore & Canons Park; Wembley.