Redbridge’s youngsters get into the spirit of Mitzvah Day
PUBLISHED: 09:32 16 November 2016 | UPDATED: 09:32 16 November 2016
Young people of all ages will be taking part in this year’s Mitzvah Day as part of its message of bringing people together.
The Jewish Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade (JLGB) groups in Redbridge and Woodford will both be making cards for unaccompanied refugee children.
The young members, aged eight to 18, will be part of a nationwide Mitzvah Day project that will see more than 1,000 cards made as part of welcome packs for refugee children.
Joshua Diamond, JLGB’s programme coordinator, said: “This project is especially poignant for our members because JLGB was created over 120 years ago to support immigrant Jewish refugees to the UK.
“Thanks to Wohl funding and the creation of eVOLve, JLGB’s volunteering initiative, JLGB provides an overarching platform for young people across the community to take part in social action.
“Mitzvah Day plays a huge role in that.”
On Mitzvah Day – Sunday November 27 – thousands of young people will be doing good deeds to help others whilst developing their own skills, gaining experience and growing in confidence.
Clore Tikva Primary School in Barkingside are making holiday greeting cards to bring sunshine to the tenants at Jewish Blind & Disabled’s Aztec House in Tomswood Hill.
Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School are collecting for toys for children supported by Camp Simcha, the charity that improves the quality of life of children suffering from Cancer or other life threatening illnesses, food for people in need supported by GIFT and toothbrushes and pens for One Child Ghana.
Woodford Liberal Synagogue’s religion school will be taking part in the country’s first ever LGBT themed Mitzvah Day – as we reported here last week – and Kantor King Solomon High School and the Chabad Lubavitch Buckhurst Hill tots’ group are also planning projects.
Mitzvah Day executive director Dan Rickman – who is also a trustee for youth movement BBYO - said: “The current generation are often accused of focussing only on themselves or always being glued to a screen.
“At Mitzvah Day – through our pioneering work with JLGB, schools and youth groups – we are finding that the opposite is true. There are thousands of young people in Redbridge, and beyond, who are keen to engage in social action and make the community around them a better place.”
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