Written by M J Taylor Tuesday, 18 November 2008 22:51
Manchester Reform Synagogue had 10 active projects .
Our biggest project which involved literally hundreds of people doing Mitzvoth was the Somerfield Project. We - that is I and members of the local church and members of the Socielty of Friends asked shoppers to donate goods to four local charities for the homeless. In 6 hours we collected 20 boxes full of foodstuffs, possibly worth as much as £800.
Other projects which involved lots of people were the Choir members singing to Heathlands residents and 23 of our congregants did a massive clear-up at Southern Cemetary.
The cheder children packed gifts for the needy and the older ones went to an animal sanctury and worked really hard mucking out, thereby getting down to real work and finding out that looking after animals is not all stroking and cuddling.
Brookvale residents were busy riding bikes and planting bulbs with our members, and residents of Parklands home for senior citizens were taken to tea at the Jewish Museum.
The day was rounded off by a workshop led by Susanna Bellino from Rene Cassin - the Jewish Human Rights group learning about and writing letters for Asylum Seekers. 4 ex-asylum seekers who won the right to remain in UK in 2007 and one lady from Zimbabwe who has been here since 2000 and has still not been granted asylum and is destitute were present with 20 others.
A very good day was had by all.
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