Residents enjoy Jewish good deed day

SOUTH Manchester communities have been doing their bit for disadvantaged people as part of Jewish good deed day.

Mitzvah Day is an opportunity for volunteers spread joy by helping to relieve hardship and poverty and this year more than 100 youngsters and adults from Bowdon and Hale took part.

Laura Marks, founder of local events for Mitzvah Day, told The Messenger: “Mitzvah Day is absolutely not about giving money. Instead, it is a day when the whole Jewish community comes together to do a good deed in support of Jewish and non-Jewish good causes.

“Mitzvah Day is unashamedly outward-looking. It is about Jews showing their commitment to playing a full role in the community in which we live.”

As part of the days activities on Sunday 15 November 2009 worshipers from South Manchester Synagogue, Bowdon, held a collection to benefit disadvantaged people in Britain and internationally.

Members of Hale and District Hebrew Congregation and the synagogue’s Cheder children spent Mitzvah Day in Hale Square collecting cans of food from shoppers and collecting children’s clothes, cots, prams and toys which will be distributed to families in need.

The synagogue’s nursery children helped by encouraging people to donate clothes and toys. They also designed Chanukah cards for soldiers posted overseas and baked cakes for the elderly.

Sale Synagogue attendees played their part by visiting residents of the Morris Feinmann Home, Didsbury.

Pupils from Delamere Forest School and members of youth group Habonim Dror also contributed with the charity appeals.

Around 15,000 people celebrate Mitzvah Day in the UK each year.

Donations were made to Vision Aid, Kit Aid, Operation Smile, World Jewish Relief’s Winter Appeal and Blue Peter’s Send a Smile appeal.


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