Redbridge pupils, parents and other residents ready for Mitzvah Day this Friday
PUBLISHED: 10:00 12 November 2019
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Mitzvah Day volunteers around Redbridge and Essex are gearing up for the UK's biggest faith-based day of social action, which takes place this week.
Wohl Ilford Jewish and Clore Tikva Primary Schools, along with Kantor King Solomon High School, will be running a series of charity collections and care home visits on Friday.
Then over the weekend many of the region's synagogues will be taking part - with social action ranging from environmental clean-ups to delivering food to local shelters - as well as activities happening in Jewish Care and Jewish Blind & Disabled buildings.
An early project has already taken place, with South West Essex Reform Synagogue in Oaks Lane holding an afternoon tea for seniors.
The event was organised by the synagogue's Care Team, led by Roz Bedford, with entertainment was provided by member Hannah Turner with her singers from Inclusive Communities, a group of young adults with learning disabilities who are based in Hainault.
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They sang a series of popular songs before everyone enjoyed a delicious spread.
Volunteers from Redbridge, including Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School pupils Daisy and Jemima Lee and mum Amanda, also attended a similar event held at Stanmore & Canons Park Synagogue.
Their morning was spent collecting donations and the afternoon saw the Stanmore synagogue hall turned into a hive of activity with craft tables for kids and the tea for seniors.
The highlight was a group of volunteers singing well-known ABBA songs, with the lyrics changed to fit Jewish themes, to entertain the guests.
Organiser Juliette Harris said: "We were delighted to welcome our friends from Essex for a joyous Mitzvah Day that saw our building come alive for our wonderful seniors. It was just fantastic to see everyone so happy."
To find out more about Mitzvah Day, and sign up, please visit www.mitzvahday.org.uk