How Norwood blue turned green for Mitzvah Day

2 January 2020

To celebrate this year’s Mitzvah Day, Norwood held five separate activities that combined to engage 253 adults and young people, including people we support, staff members and volunteers. The theme of the day was “Going Greener”, and one of the ways we brought this to life was by calling on the community to bring empty glass jars and pre-loved winter coats with them when they came to participate in our activities.

At the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre, volunteers from the youth group BBYO, children from North Western Reform Synagogue’s cheder and members of the Ner Yisroel community joined some of the people we support in making tiled chanukiot, decoupage calendars and decorative jars.

They also iced fairy cakes for an afternoon tea, later that day, which was kindly hosted by Kenton Synagogue for more than 30 people we support.

Among them were residents and staff from Carlton Avenue, who were entertained with music, food, singing and arts and crafts. It was such a spirited celebration and those who were able had lots of fun joining in the conga.

Almost 100 children from Radlett Reform Synagogue’s cheder and their parents joined 15 people we support to paint plant pots and make decorations to transform the gardens of our homes, while in Redbridge, ten people we support enjoyed the chance to carry out their own mitzvot by making Chanukah decorations and decorating Shabbat candle holders for Jewish Care.

At Ravenswood, residents also made Chanukah decorations and arranged a coat and warm clothing collection for Pilgrim Paths, a local homeless charity that runs night shelters.

We were delighted to welcome The Mayor of Brent, Cllr Ernest Ezeajughi, to Kenton Synagogue.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Mayor of Barnet, Cllr Lachhya Bahadur Gurung, and the Deputy Mayor’s Consort, his wife, Mrs Shova Gurung, enjoyed a tour of the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre.

All in all, it was quite something to see the community coming together to support this day of social action.