Friends re­united on Mus­lim ‘Mitz­vah Day’

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY JC RE­PORTER

THERE WAS sig­nif­i­cant Jewish sup­port for Sun­day’s Sadaqa Day, the Mus­lim Mitz­vah Day equiv­a­lent.

Joint Sadaqa Day/Mitz­vah Day projects were held through­out the UK. At Stan­more Mosque, 800 Mus­lim chil­dren were helped to col­lect and pack es­sen­tial items for the dis­ad­van­taged by mem­bers of North­wood and Pin­ner Lib­eral Sy­n­a­gogue, Pin­ner United Sy­n­a­gogue, Edg­ware and Dis­trict Re­form Sy­n­a­gogue and the JW3 com­mu­nity cen­tre.

Cardiff’s Jewish, Mus­lim, Sikh and Chris­tian com­mu­ni­ties united for a se­ries of projects, in­clud­ing lit­ter clear­ance, col­lect­ing goods for a lo­cal food bank and vis­it­ing a care home.

MP Mike Freer joined Jewish and Mus­lim vol­un­teers and res­i­dents of Sun­ridge Court care home in Gold­ers Green to pack goods for the vul­ner­a­ble.

An­other col­lec­tion of food and toi­letries for the less well off in­volved 1. Cooks from a va­ri­ety of faiths at JW3

2. Jeremy Cole­man cook­ing with Imam Abid Khan 3. Col­lect­ing for a food bank at Sains­bury’s in Cam­den 4. Stir­ring things in Wem­b­ley 5. With Mus­lim sup­port, the Friend­ship Cir­cle in Manch­ester col­lected for Gift 6. Wem­b­ley vol­un­teers Leeds Jews and the lo­cal Mus­lim Youth Fo­rum.

At JW3’s Finch­ley Road premises — tra­di­tion­ally a key cen­tre of Mitz­vah Day ac­tiv­ity — vol­un­teers from across Lon­don cooked a three-course meal for a Sadaqa Day project help­ing those in fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty.

Vol­un­teers from Mus­lim Minds, City Sikhs, Mitz­vah Day and Chevening — the UK gov­ern­ment’s in­ter­na­tional scheme to de­velop lead­ers — were among 50 peo­ple who gath­ered in Hol­born on Satur­day night to feed the home­less. Other joint ven­tures took place in Manch­ester, Not­ting­ham, Brad­ford and Es­sex.

Many of the in­ter­faith part­ner­ships pro­gressed re­la­tion­ships forged through joint Mitz­vah Day ac­tiv­i­ties down the years.

Daniela Pears, Mitz­vah Day’s in­ter­faith chair, said the day of­fered Jews “a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to re-en­gage in lo­cal projects with our Mus­lim friends.

“Vol­un­teer­ing side-by-side on mean­ing­ful projects not only helps so many in need around us but builds stronger bonds of friend­ship across lo­cal faith com­mu­ni­ties.”

Sadaqa Day founder Julie Sid­diqi added: “Hav­ing our Jewish sis­ters and broth­ers in­volved is a real key to the event’s suc­cess. So many new con­nec­tions have been made be­tween peo­ple that will go way be­yond this one day.

“The Mus­lim com­mu­nity looks for­ward to re­turn­ing the good­will on Mitz­vah Day in Novem­ber.”

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