Under the leadership of Rabbi Sa’ar Shaked, Rabbi Adrian Schell and Reeva Forman, members of
the Gauteng Progressive Jewish community came together twice to help the less fortunate of
Hillbrow as part of the Mensch Mitzvah Day (17/18 November).
After celebrating Havdalah together at the new Bet David Campus, around 50 Mitzvah-Makers made more than 1,000 sandwiches and collected soft drinks and sweets for the children. On Sunday morning, the group met again at Temple Israel in Hillbrow to hand out the food packages. Face painting and candy floss stations made the day extra sweet and fun for the kids, as did Jazz-musicians Siphiwe Shiburi and Yonela Mnana who entertained the adults.
“It was wonderful to see members of our Shuls working hand in hand to bring some tikkun into this world. At Temple Israel we witness day by day how much help is needed in the neighbourhood and it is my hope that this Mitzvah Day inspired many to continue their good work, following the wise words of our Sages that “one mitzvah leads to another”, said Rabbi Schell
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