Watford's Mitzvah Day 2015
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Thursday 26th November 2015

Along with Jewish communities all around the UK, Watford Synagogue participated in ‘Mitzvah Day’ – a day of good deeds to help those in need in the wider community. Members of Watford Synagogue participated in a number of different activities and events to involve as many people in the community as possible.

In the run-up to the annual event, the Watford Synagogue community embarked on a collectathon to support several charities. These included:

  • Collecting warm clothes and basic toiletries for the Separated Child Foundation, which helps refugee children who have fled their homes because of war, terror or persecution.
  • Children of all ages made greetings cards for inclusion in refugee Arrival Packs.
  • Collecting warm coats to help the homeless, elderly refugees and children in poverty get through winter for Wrap Up London
  • Collecting a variety of items from clothes, board games and toys to household items, bric-a-brac, furniture, ornaments and toiletries for the New Hope charity shop in Queens Road, Watford. The money raised by the charity’s shop goes directly to fund New Hope’s frontline work year-round - a hostel for rough sleepers and the Haven Day Centre in Whippendell Road, Watford. New Hope is a lifeline for some of the most vulnerable people in Watford, especially now that winter is on us, and the money raised by their shop is critical.

     

On Mitzvah Day itself, members threw themselves into the following activities:

  • A small but enthusiastic team of parents and children painted the fencing around the play area of Nascot Wood Infants School.
  • A group of young musicians entertained residents with songs and recitals at local nursing home Prince Michael of Kent Courtin Watford, which cares for dementia sufferers.
  • Watford Synagogue welcomed participants at the start of the annual Watford Interfaith Association(WIFA) pilgrimage around six places of worship in the town to promote tolerance and understanding between different faiths. Following a warm welcome by minister Rabbi Levine, guests were served refreshments before continuing their journey. This year the pilgrimage included a stop at the town’s Bandstand for a two-minute silence at 2.30pm in solidarity with and memory of those who lost their lives during the horrific incidents in Paris and across the world.