Gift-nock Synagogue on Mitzvah Day

REFUGEES were the focus of Mitzvah Day on Sunday.

At Giffnock Synagogue, there was a steady stream of visitors from the community, bringing much-needed items to donate to the charity.

They also wrote messages of welcome.

Shul chairman Kenneth Gerber said: "We are overwhelmed by the generosity and warmth of the Glasgow Jewish community in helping refugees."

Minister Rabbi Moshe Rubin added: "Kindness and welcoming are Jewish trademarks and, once again, we have shown our strength and care for others.

"It's an opportunity to share the welcome that was given to our forefathers who came here as refugees and to recognise what this country has done for us."

Members of the Edinburgh Jewish community marked Mitzvah Day by donating clothes for refugees to Re-Act and helping to sort the many donated garments from all the different communities.

Jewish students throughout Scotland cleaned up local parks and made cards for child refugees.

Calderwood Lodge pupils have been working on class and community projects and carrying out mitzvot at home.

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