Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community (PLJC) and LJY-Netzer are both in the running to win prestigious Mitzvah Day Awards.
The awards – which celebrate the best projects that take place on the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action – are all voted for by the public via the Jewish Chronicle’s website.
You can vote for our Liberal contenders by clicking here. Please note, you must be registered with the JC to vote (registration is free).
Despite being one of Britain’s smallest Jewish communities, Peterborough are in the running for the top prize of Outstanding Mitzvah Day 2018.
PLJC members cooked and served 15 litres (60 portions) of vegetarian lokshen soup and 60 rounds of sandwiches, fruit, cakes and crisps for the homeless of Peterborough. Using Peterborough Soup Kitchen’s serving truck (pictured), the project proved to be a resounding success with 40 people fed and some left over to be used the next day too.
The rest of the community donated almost 72kgs of food to Peterborough Foodbank, doubling the quantity of all previous collections. This is evidence that even small groups can make a big difference through hard work and dedication.
LJY-Netzer, the youth movement of Liberal Judaism, are one of five nominees in the Outstanding Youth Achievement category.
LJY members and movement workers headed to Leeds where they visited a care home and then helped to renovate and redecorate ToastLoveCoffee – a community café that is part of the real junk food project, a global movement aiming to abolish surplus food through a variety of Pay As You Feel concepts.
Winners will be announced at the Mitzvah Day Awards ceremony at JW3, Finchley Road, London, on Tuesday 5 February. Tickets to the event are free, to book a place please click here.
On Sunday 11th November, Shannon, Nevan , Rebecca , Zander and Vivienne took over Peterborough Soup Kitchen to prepare 60 portions of vegetarian lokshen soup, and 60 rounds of sandwiches. We then went out in the Peterborough Soup Kitchen van to serve the homeless in Peterborough city centre. The soup was so good we had people coming back for seconds! Ingredients for the day were supplied by Billy and there were enough supplies for us to contribute fruit and crisps for 2 further sessions.
Peterborough Soup Kitchen take their van out 6 days a week. On each occasion they provide the homeless with soup, sandwiches, a bag containing fruit, crisps and a cake, plus whichever hot drinks their customers would like. Each session can feed anywhere between 40 and 60 people.
Peterborough Soup Kitchen is a charity that receives no government or Council funding. It costs £30,000 a year to maintain and relies totally on charitable donations. If anyone would like to help in the kitchen, either cooking or serving or both, or would like to donate money or food They can always do with donations of fruit, crisps and cakes.
Some of our PLJC members enjoyed an invitation to share in an iftar meal on Saturday evening with the local Muslim community as guests at their mosque UKIM Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre Peterborough It was a fantastic experience and opportunity to learn all about the meaning of Ramadan in good company….with delicious food. Thank you to all at the mosque for being such brilliant hosts! Shalom Salaam #TasteRamadan
This year, 2018, marks 40 years since the Peterborough Inter-Faith Council was formed so to honour the occasion a celebration was hosted by the Peterborough Inter-Faith Council and Peterborough City Council and held in Peterborough city centre. Hundreds of people visited Cathedral Square to enjoy the open-air Inter-faith and food festival which took over the cathedral square on Saturday 12th May. The audience including the Mayor and other dignitaries and guests, alongside Saturday shoppers, were treated to a programme which included presentations from groups of different faiths, Buddhist, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu, Sikh and Catholic Christian, in the form of hymn, readings, song, poetry and dance with the theme of cohesion and unity in addition to sampling food from different countries and cultures.
PLJC were represented by our members Di, Chrissie and Mark and Di’s colleague Phil who volunteered to play guitar for us. As part of our presentation we read a passage on the human family from the siddur . As the smallest group there and low on numbers on the actual day we decided, at the last minute, to ask our Inter-Faith council friends and guest Rev. Malcolm Weisman OBE to step up and join us on stage to sing a song in Hebrew , ‘(Salaam) Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu’ , which they did amazingly, with some people learning the words from internet lyrics sent to their phones! It caught the spirit of unity on the day and we had lots of compliments and positive conversations afterwards ….so it was worth the nerves beforehand…I think!
After the faith group contributions there were also performances of Opera, Bhangra and Bollywood dancing as well as a Sufi musical band. The event closed with presentations to the participating faith groups and Di collected three awards on behalf of the community.
Dr Jaspal Singh, Chair of Peterborough Inter-Faith Council, and looking the part in the uniform of his new role as Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire! said: “We wanted to see as many people as possible from different faiths enjoying the food on offer and hearing about some of the beautiful places of worship that are found throughout the city.”
Certainly many people I spoke to encountered our faith for the first time ‘in real life’. It was a privilege to be part of such a positive celebration and show that although our community is small we can stand alongside other communities as a visible part of our city.
A happy day for Peterborough Liberal Jewish members to share in the Muslim faiths Sadaqa Day ( a day of community good deeds similar to Mitzvah Day) with our Muslim friends, adults and children together, in a series of projects including enrolling new stem cell donors, picking up litter in the local areas and serving tea and cake at Werrington Lodge, a care home for older people including those living with dementia. Building friendships and making a positive change in our city. Thank you to Toqeer and everyone at Masjid Khadijah Islamic Centre who organised Sadaqa Day. Both the Jewish and Muslim participants enjoyed working together and said the day went a long way towards fostering community cohesion in the city. Shalom 😊#SadaqaDay2018 #Sadaqa day #mitzvah day
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On Sunday 28th January PLJC celebrated the festival of Tu B’shevat, the New Year for Trees!
As we did last year, we visited at the Sue Ryder Hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough and there was a good turn out of community members and friends.
The weather was kinder to us this year as we went out into the gardens to watch the planting of the two Magnolias trees we had donated hospice. Our community children did a fantastic job with the planting as we sang Hashkediyah Porachat.
All the trees were positioned in areas close to the part of the building where they will be visible from hospice residents rooms and hopefully will bring some pleasure to all who see them.
We then headed back indoors and as it’s traditional to celebrate the festival by eating fruits and nuts, and we were celebrating the event in the afternoon this year, we had asked if some of the members contributions of fruits and nuts were baked in cakes to eat ! So after Vivienne led a brief service from the siddur, with help from our Cheder students with the readings, we enjoyed a delicious selection of cakes and fruits and nuts. Elaine, the hospice chaplain had kindly arranged tea and coffee provided by the hospice and thanked everyone present for contributing to an inclusive and enjoyable afternoon.
Everyone enjoyed the PLJC Hanukkah Party. All ages took a part in stories, poems, songs, craft activities and dreidel playing…and eating doughnuts, latkes …and chocolate gelt!
It was great to welcome guests and friends of other faiths from Peterborough to join in with members in lighting the candles together and share in the celebration. May it always be so.
Thanks to everyone in community who brought gifts on our Mitzvah Day. Happily delivered them to lovely Moez at PARCA who shared his thanks below.
Blessing and blessing received from Peterborough Liberal Jewish Community represented by Di Nicholas and her colleague Vivienne Fleet to donate 4 Bags of gifts for Festive Season Party @ PARCA for 22.12.17 . Thank you . if you would like to donate gifts for children or cash please do contact me on 07877213962. Thank you for all your support to make the Children’s Happy. Stay blessed ‘ True spirit of One Peterborough and One Community’ 😊