Mitzvah Day 2019 – Meaningful Interfaith Projects in support of ALEH’s Children in Israel
Mitzvah Day 2019 was incredible for the children of ALEH, who were fortunate to enjoy the continued support of hundreds of people in the UK. Over 30 schools, synagogues, youth movements and communities around the country have decided to mention Mitzvah Day by supporting the children of ALEH. They created special sensory Chanukah cards which will be sent to ALEH’s four residential Centres around Israel, to brighten up the children’s holiday and to decorate their bedrooms. Participants said how meaningful it felt to bond with the children through creating these special sensory cards which they could physically feel and appreciate.
This year a group of a few non-Jewish Nurseries and schools have chosen to join Mitzvah Day for the first time, by doing a Mitzvah for the children of ALEH. Mrs Emma Allonby from St. Wilfrid’s Catholic Primary School mentioned that as a Catholic school, they place great emphasis on love and understanding of all people and all faiths or beliefs. Year 6’s key learning focuses on Judaism, atonement and the idea of repaying good back into society. They loved the idea of Mitzvah Day and rather than simply let the students speak about good deeds, they wanted to do some Mitzvahs themselves. They chose ALEH’s project as they wished to feel that what they had done will touch another person’s heart. The Director of the British Friends of ALEH, Liron Rosiner-Reshef, said how much it meant to be part of such a meaningful interfaith project, and to teach the children that while everyone may not look or sound the same as they do, everyone is special and unique and deserving of love and support.
Akiva Primary School’s Year 1 students met with the Director of the British Friends of ALEH and talked about inclusion and how they can support people with disabilities. It was truly inspiring to see how the children focused on what people can achieve despite their disabilities, and mentioned people with disabilities who are famous artists, chefs and sports figures.