Best projects short­listed for Mitz­vah Day awards

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

SO­CIAL AC­TION projects from Cum­bria to Rwanda are in con­tention for the Mitz­vah Day awards, be­ing run in part­ner­ship with the JC.

The Cum­brian scheme, nom­i­nated for out­stand­ing Mitz­vah Day 2018, saw res­i­dents and busi­nesses in the vil­lage of Hawk­shead come to­gether to pro­vide a day of fun and food for 160 Syr­ian refugees. The ma­jor US con­gre­ga­tions in Mill Hill and Bore­ham­wood and El­stree are also on the short­list, along with the small Peter­bor­ough Lib­eral com­mu­nity, which cooked and dis­trib­uted food for the home­less and oth­ers in need.

PLJC Mitz­vah Day co-or­di­na­tor Vivi­enne

Fleet said that for the 40-mem­ber com­mu­nity, “be­ing nom­i­nated is a ma­jor achieve­ment. This is ev­i­dence that even small groups can make a big dif­fer­ence through hard work and ded­i­ca­tion.”

In the 365 cat­e­gory for on­go­ing projects, Bushey Syn­a­gogue is among the nom­i­na­tions for “Bushey Gives Back”, help­ing a va­ri­ety of causes with ac­tiv­i­ties from “fry­ing in Fe­bru­ary to singing in Septem­ber”.

Also up for the award are Wood­ford For­est Syn­a­gogue’s drop-in for asy­lum seek­ers, Alyth’s Aleppo sup­per club and Stan­more Syn­a­gogue’s Yad B’Yad pro­gramme. The 365 list is com­pleted by one of the coun­try’s small­est ched­ers, Har­low, which has forged a re­la­tion­ship with a home­less char­ity, Street­s2Homes.

The whole com­mu­nity col­lects food, bed­ding, cloth­ing and toi­letries through­out the year for Street­s2Homes. On Mitz­vah Day, the cheder hosts a fundrais­ing cream tea and raf­fle.

Har­low com­mu­nity chair Alan Co­hen said: “We are in­cred­i­bly proud of ev­ery­thing our cheder has done to raise funds for Street­s2Homes and to raise aware­ness of the very im­por­tant work it does for the home­less.”

For in­ter­faith ac­tiv­ity, nom­i­nees in­clude the “Chicken Soup Chal­lenge” at East London Mosque, the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Muswell Hill Syn­a­gogue and Wight­man Road Mosque, Car­i­tas West­min­ster — which in­volved Jewish and Catholic schools in char­ity col­lec­tions — and the Friend­ship Cir­cle in Manch­ester.

Among those in line for the youth prize are LJY-Net­zer, Akiva Pri­mary, South Hamp­stead High and Hen­ri­etta Bar­nett School, where pupils were in­volved in ac­tiv­i­ties supporting the Gift char­ity, the Marie Curie Hospice in Hamp­stead and a food bank.

Also nom­i­nated was Meir Le­vi­son, who marked his tenth birth­day (and Mitz­vah Day’s tenth an­niver­sary) by invit­ing 20 friends to join him at Jami’s Bore­ham­wood ware­house to en­gage in up­cy­cling chairs and pro­duc­ing art­work to sell for the men­tal health char­ity.

Projects in Florida, Krakow, Barcelona, Aus­tralia and Rwanda are on the short­list for the in­ter­na­tional award.

The prizes will be pre­sented at a cer­e­mony at London’s JW3 cen­tre next month.

To vote, go to Tak­ing tea in Har­low in sup­port of the home­less and (in­set) Peter­bor­ough’s culi­nary en­ter­prise

This shows that small groups can make a big dif­fer­ence’

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