Mitzvah Day 2014 @ South Hampstead US
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Monday 17th November 2014

With a new drop off area in the Car Park for the Collectathon, our marshals ensured easy traffic flows, and the team of shleppers were at the ready to help unload all the donated items. We were most honoured to be visited by The Chief Rabbi, Ephraim Mervis, and then The Mayor of Camden  Councillor Lazzaro Pietragnoli who both were invited to help sort the mountain of donated goods! Both our honoured guests praised the incredible engagement of our community in Mitzvah Day and for all we were doing to support those in need. 

Our Marshalling & schlepping team was bolstered this year by 3 members of one of our neighbouring Churches, the 7th Day Adventists Church, led Pastor Felix McPherson, and all three of them were incredibly enthusiastic in helping. They felt blessed to be involved with our Mitzvah Day activities and were delighted as they had never been inside the shul before. 

Thank you to everyone from Shul and Cheder for the enormous volume of donations going to the many homeless charities including the New Horizon Youth Centre for homeless youth, Doorstep London, St Mary's Winter Shelter, the Holy Trinity Church Winter Shelter, JAMI, WJR, and the British Heart Foundation. 

The Mayor followed us to the “Bake & Drop off” at to the Church of St Mary to support their Winter Shelter for Camden’s homeless. Rabbi Shlomo and a wonderful contingent from our community delivered a whole store-cupboard full of home cooked cakes, biscuits, soups, as wells as clothes and toiletries to the Winter Shelter. The Reverend Marjorie Brown gave us an moving insight into the volunteering that St Mary’s community members do to support the homeless throughout the winter months from November to March offering a home cooked meal and a place to sleep on Monday evenings. Thanks to our contributions this week will be a hearty meal! 

South Hampstead Synagogue Mitzvah Day shopping activities were incredibly supported by volunteers at all our active and overflowing stalls -  inviting local shoppers to donate extra items for the local homeless:

1)  Tesco England's Lane - with a particular thanks to Cllr Leila Roy

2) Waitrose Finchley Rd - with a particular thanks to SHY!

3) Superdrug on Finchley Rd

4) MD Shopping in Hampstead - with a particular thanks to Cheder!

 Thanks to Sue and our other drivers, were supporting the Camden’s homeless, including New Horizon Youth Centre, St Mary's Church Winter Shelter, Holy Trinity Church Winter Shelter, Doorstep London charity and others! 

The Ajex parade was well supported by South Hampstead members, honouring those Jewish armed service men and women who lost their lives to safeguard our freedom. 

The Cheder activities were all run extremely successfully, with the Otto Schiff visit brining sunshine and joy to the residents with both singing and baking! and our South Hampstead Choir together with other members of our community lead a wonderful musical sing-a-long a the Sage home in Golders Green. 

A special thanks to the 150 volunteers, all the drivers, shleppers, bakers, shopping stallers, sorters, baggers, singers, marshallers, as well as to Peter and Hyman for the amazing photos, and the  SH MD coordinators, Daniela, Ruth, Marcelle, Denise, Lana, Laura, Lisa, Loretta, Rabbi Eli, and the whole Cheder team!