East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue celebrated Mitzvah Day with a number of activities.
On Saturday morning, our Cheder classes held a bake sale where lovely fresh home baked (and mainly chocolate) cakes were on sale. This raised over £50 and the money will be donated to Haven House Hospice, the local children’s hospice being the chosen charity of the Cheder.
Photo shows the bake sale team celebrating in their Mitzvah Day tee-shirts.
Later in the day members of the community delivered toiletries and dry food goods – collected via member donations – to Jason Lee House part of a local homeless project. Some of the donated items can be seen in the photo on the right.
Merle Muswell, one of our Mitzvah Day coordinators, said “we have collected item for Jason Lee House over many years. It’s always so good to see how appreciative the guests are to receive the items of food and particularly the toiletries”.
On Sunday we hosted a Mitzvah Day Tea, to entertain some of the residents at Vi & John Ruben Care Home.
Joining our volunteers were Rabbi Danny Rich, Chief Executive of Liberal Judaism, with members of his family (photo below) and Ilford South MP Mike Gapes.
Residents were also entertained by our members Harvey & Irene (photo below) who sang some traditional Jewish songs as well known songs from the 30’s & 40’s. Volunteers served the residents tea and cake, including a specially decorated Mitzvah Day cake, our thanks go to the Golan Bakery who donated the cakes; also to Serene Fish & Chips and Brown’s Hairdressers who both made donations towards the costs.
After tea another of our members “DJ Seat Beat Sue” played songs and showed residents how they could dance to the music even while remaining seated – a fun afternoon was had by all. Both Rabbi Danny Rich and MP Mike Gapes said it was such an inspiration that other faiths joined in to help on Mitzvah Day. Rabbi Danny Rich also commented that we are supposed do a Mitzvah (good deed) every day, however, it’s important that this aspect of Judaism is highlighted on Mitzvah Day.