AJR participates in Mitzvah Day 2008
AJR members participated in the first UK Mitzvah Day in November by taking part in a pack-a-thon at Hampstead Town Hall.
Our members packed goods for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who arrive from Darfur to this country. Alongside the packers in the hall other projects were also taking place including, sorting toys for children from disadvantaged families and quilt making.
Mitzvah Day is a day of social action throughout the Jewish Community. The idea for Mitzvah Day comes from Los Angeles where it was known as “Big Sunday”. In 2005 Mitzvah Days founder Laura Marks approached the London Jewish Cultural Centre about starting a similar scheme here and since then this project has continued to grow. This year there were over 250 separate events taking place throughout the country.
Now an independent charity, Mitzvah Day UK encourages the practices of tzedek (righteousness), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness).
Though this project has been running for three years this was the first time that AJR has participated in their projects and we look forward to supporting Mitzvah Day on 15 November 2009.