York’s Liberal Jewish Community’s Mitzvah Day grocery collection for York Foodbank and homelessness charity, Carecent has netted over two thousand items, from tinned food to toiletries and from socks to spam.

York Jewish community Mitzvah day volunteers, with Sainsbury’s staff

Generous shoppers at Sainsbury’s Foss Bank – site of the medieval Jewish cemetery – also donated over fifty packs of porridge, over two hundred tins of beans and 70kg of sugar, all items which will go to help all those struggling across the City of York – regardless of faith – this Christmas.

The collection, on Sunday 19th November, was York Liberal Jewish Community’s contribution to Mitzvah Day, a day when over 37,000 Jews around the world do a good deed (“mitzvah”), to give something back to the communities within which they live.

Tina Anderson, the organiser of Mitzvah Day York, says:

“While there were numerous collections around the UK today, I find it hard to imagine that any other was greeted with the openness and kindness we experienced here in York.   This will make a huge different to all sorts of people across the City this winter.”

Ben Rich, the founder of York Liberal Jewish Community and a Trustee of Mitzvah Day UK, adds:

“Although we are a growing and increasingly active group, we are still small. Nevertheless, this just goes to shows that anyone can make a difference if they put their minds to it.   I’m proud to be Jewish and proud to be a resident of York, and especially proud of what we have achieved together today.”