Join­ing forces for a civil­ian op­er­a­tion

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

JEWISH AND Mus­lim mil­i­tary per­son­nel joined forces for a Mitz­vah Day ac­tiv­ity at Spring Grove care home in Hamp­stead.

The sol­diers spoke to res­i­dents about their ser­vice and an­swered ques­tions.

Par­tic­i­pants in­cluded Asim Hafiz, Is­lamic re­li­gious ad­viser to the Chief of the De­fence Staff and founder of the Armed Forces Mus­lim As­so­ci­a­tion. He said Mitz­vah Day was “a pow­er­ful op­por­tu­nity to join to­gether with our Jewish friends and neigh­bours to sup­port our two com­mu­ni­ties. Evenings like this re­mind us how much more we can achieve when we stand to­gether.”

Se­nior Jewish Forces chap­lain Rabbi Reuben Liv­ing­stone said “Mitz­vah Day cel­e­brates our shared hu­man­ity through kind­ness and so­cial ac­tion, in syn­ergy with how the Armed Forces em­body an ethos of ser­vice to British so­ci­ety and rep­re­sent many of the best val­ues of good cit­i­zen­ship.

“We need to re­mind our­selves that blind ha­tred af­fects us all. This can only re­ally be coun­tered by com­ing to­gether to help oth­ers.”

Mitz­vah Day founder and chair Laura Marks also ad­dressed res­i­dents, ex­plain­ing more about the so­cial ac­tion char­ity, which this year cel­e­brates its tenth an­niver­sary.

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