Finchley Reform Synagogue
Written by Jonni Berger
Thursday, 20 November 2008 18:31
As always, FRS were at the forefront of social action and this year's Mitzvah day was no exception - over 100 people came along and people from across the congregation were involved - children, parents, madrichim, teachers.
The children made over 60 boxes with rice and a new toy inside to send to the destitute asylum-seekers group along with more biscuits than our freezer could cope with.
We also now have a huge box of gorgeous decorations to take to Rubens House.
We have around 30 beautiful Challah cloths to send to Emuna, the Jewish community in Belarus that FRS is twinned with as well as all of the leftover toys from the boxes activity.
Once again, we had a large group of teenagers working in the Oxfam shop in Finchley Central helping to sort out all of the displays and stock ready for Christmas.
We also followed up on our success of last year's green bag project with an enthusiastic group down in Victoria Park clearing up the park and making it a nicer place for the whole community - something that Barnet council are very appreciative of and which is leading to FRS taking part in National Tree Planting Week later on in the year (good practice for Tu B'shvat!)
FRS also sent a team to the WJR packathon and another group went to decorate Homeless Action Barnet, a project originally set up by FRS many years ago which now benefits people across Barnet.
A large group of children and adults also went to entertain the residents and staff at Rubens House.
We even had a family turn up having found us on the Mitzvah Day website, another who wanted to get involved at their local US shul but found nothing on along with a another woman who wanted to play the flute at Rubens house.
A great time was had by all. Thank you to all those who helped to organise, those who donated their time both before, during and after as well as those who brought toys, foodstuffs and clothes along - many went above and beyond the call of duty.
The Mitzvah Day Team at Finchley Reform Synagogue