It’s been messy but so pro­duc­tive in the Wood

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - MY MITZ­VAH DAY DOVID GOLDSTEIN

THE tem­per­a­ture may have been -2.6°C, but I felt the sun was shin­ing in Bore­ham­wood on Mitz­vah Day.

At our shul, there was lots hap­pen­ing and there were many projects for peo­ple of all ages. The younger chil­dren made Chanu­cah cards for the sol­diers in the IDF, peo­ple knit­ted squares to make blan­kets for those who are in need of them, and there were even col­lec­tions for shoes, du­vets, foot­ball kits and coats.

Peo­ple think that kids aren’t able to help as much as adults can. But peo­ple of all ages were get­ting in­volved in th­ese projects to­gether.

I was sur­prised to learn how many peo­ple have no shoes to wear and so I asked if I could help with the shoe col­lec­tathon.

We col­lected nearly 400 shoes and I helped to sep­a­rate them into pairs, put a la­bel on each pair and wrote down the size.

The shoes we col­lected ranged from tiny shoes for ba­bies to size 9.5 for men.

Chil­dren made Chanu­cah cards and dec­o­rated them with gel pens, stick­ers, crayons, pen­cils and more. Since it got very messy, I cleared up all the mess and wiped up Young worker Dovid Goldstein the spilt squash. Then I sealed up the cards in en­velopes.

At the Bore­ham­wood Tesco, lots and lots of food was col­lected. Even Chief Rabbi Mirvis and Oliver Dow­den, MP, were help­ing us.

I feel lucky to be part of a com­mu­nity that does so much to help oth­ers. aged 10, Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Syn­a­gogue

PHOTO: YAKIR ZUR

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