Mitzvah Day is a day of mass community volunteering, joining together to give our time and celebrate our core Jewish values of Tikkun Olam (healing the world), Tzedek (righteousness) and Gmilut Hassadim (the giving of loving kindness).
South Hampstead Synagogue is proud to be running Mitzvah Day projects since it began in 2008, linking with our local charities across Camden and beyond to help make a difference to those in need in our neighbourhood.
We organise meaningful and enjoyable projects, inviting all members of the community across the age spectrum to get involved. Over the years, we have had the pleasure of linking up with our neighbouring Church, Mosque and Temple communities, joining together and volunteering side by side, giving our time for those in need in Camden. Projects typically include:
– Stalls outside local supermarkets collecting dozens of crates of food and toiletries for the New Horizon Youth Centre supporting Camden’s homeless youth, and Camden’s Food Bank.
– A “Clothes Collection” where our synagogue hall, or a neighbouring church hall, is transformed into a sorting warehouse and many dozens of bin bags of warm winter clothes are sorted and distributed to the local Winter Shelter homeless charities and the Together Plan supporting communities in Eastern Europe.
– South Hampstead members also cook, bake and deliver home cooked food and warm winter clothing for the St Mary’s Church Winter Shelter
– South Hampstead Youth – SHY and community volunteers visit local Care Homes offering the much appreciated warmth, joy, music and song to the residents.
– South Hampstead Cheder organise activities for the children relevant to each of the year groups and everyone joins the community volunteer projects.
Mitzvah Day takes place in November each year, and South Hampstead has run mini Mitzvah Day 365s at other occasions during the year, including linking with Sadaqqa Day joining together with local Moslem community volunteers.
We invite you to get involved next Mitzvah Day!