Going Green and Wrapping-up London: Mitzvah Day 2019

It’s been a busy weekend at KLS as our community came together for a variety of activties as part of the annual Mitzvah Day event.

For Mitzvah Day we give our time, rather than our money, to community projects

Mitzvah Day is a nationwide initiative organised by the Jewish community in which people come together and give their time, rather than their money, to projects that make a difference to their local areas.  There is a also a real focus on bringing together people of all faiths and backgrounds to volunteer side by side in their community.

Welcoming our friends and going green!

This year’s theme was Green and one of our members and local Green Councillor, Andree Frieze, co-ordinated a number of green-related activities.  These included a litter pick in our local park and along the riverside and tidying up part of the local cemetery:

Our young members learnt to make fat balls for our local birds which we then hung in our garden. We were deligthed to be joined by members of St Mary’s Church in Long Ditton, including our good friend Revd Kuhan Satkunanayagam and his young son who helped in making the fat balls:

Overwhelming response from local community to Wrap-up London appeal

Running concurrently to Mitzvah Day was the annual Wrap-Up London appeal in which people are invited to donate their old coats to charities helping the homeless, refugees, those in poverty and those fleeing domestic violence.  This year we set up a collection point in our Shul and collected coats from the local community, which we then transported tothe drop-off centre.  We have been overwhelmed by the response so far and the generosity of the local community.  Thank you to all who donated!