Volunteers do a Mitzvah for Norwood

29 November 2016

Over 160 people volunteered for Norwood on Sunday 27 November to mark Mitzvah Day 2016.

Mitzvah Day is a Jewish led day of social action, where people come together to do a ‘mitzvah’ or good deed in their community.

Throughout the day, volunteers worked in shifts to spruce up the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Edgeworth Close, Hendon, creating a beautiful new mural, clearing and planting in the garden and cooking and preparing food for a local homeless shelter. Volunteers also prepared Chanukah cards and wrapping paper to be sold at Norwood’s charity shops, and wrapped Chanukah presents for disadvantaged children to donate to Gift.

The volunteers hailed from Stanmore United Synagogue, Jewish Volunteers Network, Ner Yisrael, Edgware Reform Synagogue, JFriends, JCoSS, Southgate and Cockfosters United Synagogue as well as local children and their families and interfaith groups. The Mayor and Mayoress of Barnet even dropped in for a spot of card making.

Over in Stanmore, members and volunteers at Stanmore United Synagogue hosted a tea party for local Norwood residents. The volunteers even led a lively music session with singing and dancing.

Julie Marcow, Centre Manager, Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, said: "Mitzvah Day 2016 was full of energy and goodwill. A stunning mural was painted for our children and our gardens now have four herb gardens and a dinosaur ranch! We decorated cupcakes and wrapped hundreds of presents to donate to Gift, as well as making fresh salads for homeless people to enjoy. The centre was buzzing with happiness — thank you to everyone who made this day so special."

For photos of the day, click here.