Cook­ing up new ways to help those in need

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - MY MITZ­VAH DAY NOELEEN COHEN

AS THE teenager who was too busy to be both­ered to cook and learn the “fam­ily food se­crets” from my mum, I now love noth­ing more than be­ing in the Alyth kitchen with a group of fab­u­lous vol­un­teers who chop, fry, mix and sim­ply come to­gether to cook on Mitz­vah Day.

This year, we made food for the win­ter shel­ter project for the home­less, of which Alyth is a part, as well as for our own com­mu­nity freezer and for the visi­tors we wel­comed from across the bor­ough.

The kitchen wasn’t the only place that was en­er­gised. The chil­dren in our Sun­day morn­ing Galim pro­gramme were pack­ing sweets and toi­letry parcels for a refugee Christ­mas party. Oth­ers were making Chanu­cah cards for HIV-Aids pa­tients and a group of vol­un­teers were run­ning Alyth’s Lis­ten­ing Café – a fo­rum where peo­ple come to­gether to lis­ten and en­gage in is­sues around men­tal health that mem­bers of the com­mu­nity are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Mitz­vah Day fed our souls on Sun­day. I couldn’t imag­ine a bet­ter way to make a dif­fer­ence. Alyth (North Western Re­form Syn­a­gogue, Gold­ers Green)

Noeleen Cohen in the kitchen at Alyth

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