This week’s Sidra is unique in that it contains 74 Mitzvot (Commandments) – more than in any other Sidra in the Torah.
Looking back at Mitzvah Day 2017
‘West Central’ Mitzvah Day was formed by 5 community groups: Central Synagogue, Holland Park Synagogue, New West End Synagogue, Western Marble Arch Synagogue and Westminster Young Professionals with Toni Nagel of New West End Synagogue as the driving force and co-ordinator of the whole effort.
Volunteers were stationed throughout opening hours on Sunday 19th November in 6 supermarket locations around Central and West London to collect food items and toiletries from shoppers. And what an amazing response we had!
Together we stockpiled a massive amount of goods at our New West End Synagogue depot and the following day, more volunteers came along to help sort and deliver to an amazing number of charities (mostly local):
St Mungo’s shelters (3 different locations – Portishead House, Chichester Road, Harrow Road) https://www.mungos.org/
Dashwood House (women’s refuge) http://www.chapter1.org.uk/
The Felix Project (for onward distribution) http://www.thefelixproject.org/
All Aboard http://www.allaboardshops.com/
Dalgarno Trust Foodbank http://www.dalgarnotrust.org.uk/
The Camden Spectrum Centre (run by Thames Reach, drop in centre for homeless) http://www.thamesreach.org.uk/what-we-do/day-services/spectrum-centre/
LJS Drop in centre for Asylum seekers http://www.ljs.org/a-place-of-meeting/asylum-drop-in/
Magic Breakfast https://www.magicbreakfast.com/
North Paddington Foodbank http://www.npfoodbank.org.uk/
Separated Child http://www.separatedchild.org/
Central Synagogue had an amazing number of volunteers taking part this year and all thought it was an amazing and worthwhile experience. We are already saving the date for next year – Sunday 18th November 2018!!