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COMMUNITY CELEBRATES: Mitzvah Day celebrations delight the Stanmore community despite COVID restrictions 

 Published on: 25th November 2020   |   By: Holly Bullen   |   Category: Uncategorized

Different celebrations across the country have had to abide by new restrictions this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but this did not stop the Stanmore & Canons Park Synagogue (SACPS) from celebrating Mitzvah Day.

In the morning, four ‘collectathons’ took place with donations going to the Watford New Hope Trust, GIFT, Camp Simcha and Against Breast Cancer.

The whole community also took part in AJEX’s 85th Annual Ceremony and Parade. Stanmore has always had a large amount of people attending the parade and this year everyone ‘zoomed in’ from their homes to participate.

Stanmore usually hosts a fabulous tea for the seniors, but this year, and in true COVID-style, SACPS brought the kehilla together for its Big Community Tea Party. 

There was wonderful musical entertainment from renowned local professional pianist Josh Nesbitt, and they were joined by Bob Blackman MP, Georgina Bye, chief executive of Mitzvah Day and residents from the housing association, Jliving.

Juliette Harris, organiser of Mitzvah Day activities at SACPS said COVID would not put a stop to celebrations.

She said: “Although this year has presented its challenges, this was not going to stop us in Stanmore. We were proud to have organised a day of COVID-secure activities that will help those in the wider community, whilst enabling us to come together virtually in a meaningful way. 

“We are extremely grateful to the many people who gave up their time and appreciate everyone’s help and assistance in making this initiative a truly communal event for Stanmore Shul. Mitzvah Day has a firm place in our calendar and our hearts, and we relish making our contribution in any way we can.” 

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