Setting up a food drive in the local student area creates and builds on the community relationship within the wider student community, and not just the JSoc. When students see other students trying to do a good thing for people who need it, it slowly chips away at the apathy amongst all students. When Freshers see just how easy it is to increase and invent different social action activities it instils in them the power to pick up from our example and take it to new levels.
Included in this is the tremendous team effort of those standing outside Sainsburys for hours, together and united for a great cause. This is how communities are built and upheld. We have shown that we can work with each other and that the Leeds Jewish Student Community is bonded together with the inspiration to create something great.
Together with everything mentioned above, whilst all wearing our ‘mitzvah day’ t-shirts we create a massive Kiddush Hashem, showing all of Hyde Park that we are Jewish and we are increasing the good in the world. When people asked us who we are and why we are doing this, we show everyone that Jews try to help people and are charitable. This enhances cross-communal relationships as so many people gave us food and consequently worked with us and helped out our cause. People of all ethnicities saw what we did and will now think of Jews in a good light. And hopefully we will have spurred them out to do these kinds of things themselves.
Social Action is a great way to make all students feel included and welcome in their JSoc, all kinds of different students showed up and worked together with each other and re-instated the community feeling of our JSoc. Showing all Jewish students that they are welcome and wanted in Leeds JSoc.