Pinner Mitzvah Day 2016
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Thursday 1st December 2016

It was all hands on deck last Sunday as the Pinner Synagogue community came together to play their part in the worldwide annual social action project, Mitzvah Day.

The Cecil Park based volunteers collected 15 boxes of bric-a-brac and some 40 sacks full of clothes for the All Aboard Charity Shops, which in turn support vulnerable children and students, the disabled, service veterans and victims of abuse.

Then 12 boxes of food items were donated to be given to GIFT; a Jewish charity that distributes food to almost 2,000 needy people from the wider community each week.

And the afternoon culminated in a Great Pinner Bake Off event which saw the Pinner youth make an impressive 150 cookies and cakes for those who work for and benefit from the services of Chai Cancer Care.

Further gestures of goodwill meant that more than £300 was also raised; to be shared between the synagogue’s chosen charities.

“I am in awe of the generosity of our community,” admits Pinner Synagogue’s Mitzvah Day Coordinator Elliot Parkus.

“Witnessing young and old work together for the benefit of the greater good is an inspiring ideal to carry forward throughout the year.

“I am delighted that we were able to make such a significant contribution to the wider Mitzvah Day effort and would like to thank the small army of volunteers who gave up their time so selflessly to make this such a success.”

This sentiment was echoed by Pinner Synagogue Chairman Brian Eisenberg.

“Here at Pinner we have always seen the great value in Tikkun Olam; healing the world, in acts of kindness and in taking responsibility for society. Those principles were perfectly illustrated here on Sunday,” he said.

“I am so very proud of our wonderful community for once again proving what greatness we can achieve.”