I am writing to urge all your readers, of any faith and of none, to consider giving just a few hours of their time this Sunday to support a local charity.
This Sunday (November 16) is Mitzvah Day, literally meaning good deed day. It is a day when Jews up and down the country give not their money, but a little bit of their time to help those less fortunate than themselves.
This Mitzvah Day more than 10,000 volunteers will support the homeless, clean up a local park, re-paint a local charity office, pack clothes for the Ukraine, visit an old people's home, or do one of 200 other good deed projects.
At Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue volunteers will be able to give blood, recycle discarded goods and lots more. Our youth, and those from the local Catholic church, will be on hand in the local supermarket to encourage shoppers to add an extra item to their shopping lists for homeless people.
Mitzvah Day enjoys the support not just of the whole Jewish community, but also Christian, Sikh and Muslim groups who are also involved in various projects across the country.
So whatever their faith, in these difficult times, I hope this Sunday your readers will join us to give just a little of their time to help those less fortunate than themselves.
RABBI HILLEL ATHIASROBLES
Northwood and Pinner Liberal
To find out what more they can do to support Mitzvah Day, readers should go to www.npls.org.uk