Youth out in force for Mitzvah Day

MITZVAH Day proved to be a big success in Glasgow on Sunday.

UJIA programmes director Joanna Hyman took a group of older youth to Sandymount cemetery in co-ordination with the Sandymount Regeneration Project and Community Safety Glasgow.

They were met by Sandy Johnston, of Glasgow City Council, Stanley Coorsh, of the Sandymount Regeneration Project, and three employees from the local Starbucks who volunteered their time and brought coffee.

Members of the Reform Synagogue cheder, Calderwood Lodge pupils, UJIA Tikkun Olam Club, 5th Giffnock Guides, Brownies and Rainbows and representatives from Stirling University J-Soc gathered in the UJIA offices at the JCC.

They packed boxes of food and made 'Welcome to Glasgow' cards for Positive Action in Housing, which provides aid for asylum seekers in Glasgow.

This was in support of the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council's Legacy Project in honour of its centenary, in which it is partnering with PAIH.

The food had been collected over the last few weeks by Calderwood pupils, the UJIA Ethiopian Bar/Bat Mitzah club and Giffnock Synagogue Mothers and Toddlers Playgroup.

Rep Council member Neil Livingstone explained to the volunteers about the Legacy Project and the work that the Rep Council does in Glasgow.

In the afternoon, youth and leaders from UJIA, Maccabi, Habonim Dror, JLGB, FZY and the 5th Giffnock Guides, Brownies and Rainbows visited clients at Jewish Care for afternoon tea.

The youngsters spoke with residents and made stained glass window decorations with the help of Art Club co-ordinator Vivian Strang, which will be used for the Jewish Care Chanucah party next month.

Some of the young people also sang and danced, including 10-year-old Gabi Rose, who performed a solo.

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