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Mitzvah Day 2014 at Bushey
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Friday 7th November 2014

Following the great success of Shabbat UK, Bushey Shul Mitzvah Day is going off to a flying start. With the whole of the community embracing the day. The Shul is delighted  to be taking part in over  21 different projects supporting  over 13 charities across the community and also internationally. 

Activities at Bushey Shul  cross all age groups and are fully inclusive. Many of these are existing projects have been supported for many years but this year there are many new activities. They are particularly pleased to include new ones such as Bushey Youth visiting the new Jewish Blind and Disabled Home  in Bushey - Cecil Rosen Court. The youth volunteers will  be helping  residents make cards for wounded soldiers in Israel. In addition a team of men and women going to their  local hospice in Watford to help with maintenance projects. 

Below is a fully inclusive list of the projects and the charities Bushey are supporting in 2014. 

  • Painting furniture at the local Hospice in Watford
  • Collecting Food for needy families outside Flax for JGIFT 
  • Gardening at Watford New Hope Trust, Homeless Shelter.
  • Making food for the New Hope Trust day center for the homeless.
  • Planting trees with the Woodland Trust in St Albans 
  • Children from Bushey Ganim are  making a Mitzvah tree showing what Mitzva’s they can do at home and making cards for sick children at Camp Simcha.
  • Cheder Children years 3 & 4 are Making gifts and visiting residents at Heath House Residential Home (Old people’s home-  30 children and 62 residents) 
  • Cheder Children Year 5 & 6  are making fruit gifts and visiting resitents at kestrel Grove Residential home in Bushey  ( 35 children, 57 Residents ) 
  • Children from Brownies are popping into the Mitzvah Zone and then going on to sing at Beaumont Bushey Residential home ( Old people’s home 35 children) 
  • Teenagers from Bushey Tribe and Challenge are visiting The Jewish Blind and Disabled Home at Cecil Rosen Court to make cards with the residents to send to wounded IDF  soldiers via Beit Halochem as well as help manning the stands at The Mitzvah Zone
  • The community have been asked  to donate their lunch to a local homeless shelters near where they work.  
  • A team  of Volunteers are going to Mum’s The Word Children’s Charity who distribute to needy families an orphanages in Eastern Europe and the UK to sort clothing.
  • People  are signing  up to make birthday cakes for children from underprivileged home
  • A team of volunteers are going to Moriah Jewish Primary School to clear their biblical garden. 

The  Mitzvah Zone  at Bushey Shul  

This exciting new initiative is bring people of all ages together to do a Mitzvah together. It is a drop in opportunity for people to pop in do a good deed between 10am - 1pm. 

The stations are all being manned by a fantasic group of volunteers of all ages across the community. The activities include;  

  • Making Christmas cards and decorations to send British Soldiers serving in Afganistan and the Middle East 
  • Making Chanukah cards for children for Camp Simcha and wounded IDF Soldiers 
  • Making  and decorating bunting for Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
  • Making Loom Bands for sick children in hospital as well as cards for Shaare Zedek 
  • Collecting Football kits for KitAid a charity which sends clothes to children in Africa
  • Collecting used postage stamps for Support our Soldiers, a charity sending care packages to serving british Soldiers 
  • Collecting food for Borehamwood Foodbank for needy local families

In addition at the Mitzvah Zone there will be a volunteering section where people can sign up to do ongoing volunteering with our charities. We are hoping to have a face painter and lots more!