The theme of Mitzvah Day this year on 17th November was “going greener” – protecting the environment and caring for animals.

To this end members of the community planted  a hawthorn tree that will provide blossom for insects and berries for birds in the Groves area which as the name implies, was once the site of orchards supplying York.

YLJC volunteers get cleaning at Carecent

The day before the cheder children learned

Tina Anderson, York Liberal Jewish Community ‘s social media officer, and volunteers Chris Styles and Jonah Kirshner planting the Hawthorn

about Mitzvah Day and made some toys for dogs in the RSPCA animal home in response to an appeal for toys – and others have donated dog toys. A supporter has also knitted 300 dog and cat blankets.

But we have not forgotten people either.

150 hats have been knitted by another indefatigable member for premature babies in response to an appeal.

We have long supported Carecent who provide free breakfasts and other support services for homeless people in York. So other volunteers helped out with a ‘deep clean’

It was an amazing day all round and we really hope we made a real difference both to the environment and to local people’s lives.


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