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Festive spirit flourishes at Barnet and Edgware US
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Friday 6th January 2017

Over the holiday season, volunteers from two United Synagogues took the opportunity to participate in Project Chesed and Tikun’s joint cookery sessions for those in need. Participants of all ages at Barnet US and Edgware US made a variety of tasty dishes in their shul kitchens.

The Edgware community donated their food to the Homeless Action in Barnet (HAB) Day Centre. Their menu included Vegetarian Shepherd’s pie, vegetable soup, cabbage, and a yummy apple crumble. The Barnet cooking team cooked 30 individual portions of vegetable lasagne and apple crumble, which was given to members of their own community.

In addition to donating the food, Edgware also held a very successful collection of socks and underwear which they donated to HAB.

Miriam Marson, co-ordinator  of the Barnet session said, “It was with great team spirit that members of Barnet Shul community joined forces on Bank Holiday to cook meals for those in need. Meals will be distributed to the elderly, bereaved or anyone else unable to cook and we all look forward to cooking together again soon.”

Muswell Hill US will be holding a cooking session, as part of this project, at the beginning of February.

Michelle Minsky, Head of US Chesed said, “These cookery sessions are fantastic in so many ways. Not only do they provide food to people who need it, whatever the reason, but also they are sociable, fun and we are putting the kitchen facilities in our shuls to good use. Chesed at the United Synagogue is all about helping both our own community and the wider community in which we live and this is just one example of putting that into practice.”

Edgware US also held an informal discussion led by Tikun, who helped organise the event, on the importance of kindness and leaving a better world for the next generation.