The Northwood United Synagogue (NUS) has won the Outstanding Interfaith Project Award 2019 for bringing members of the community from all backgrounds together.
Representatives of the nominees for the five awards gathered at the JW3 (Jewish Community Centre) waiting for the winners of the awards to be announced on Tuesday, February 11.
Over 50 volunteers at NUS were involved in the activities to mark Mitzvah Day. This brought together people of all ages and background.
Mitzvah Day, which was on November 15, is a Jewish led day of social action where community groups undertake a range of volunteer projects for those in need in their local community.
The volunteers worked for over a week on four different projects. They made gift packs for the needy via Small Act of Kindness – a programme for isolated and lonely people in Hertfordshire.
They appealed to the synagogue’s community, who donated food and goodie bags for the food bank in Watford.
NUS organiser Ingrid Segal said: “We took lots of goods there, in fact we needed a large van to take everything because there was so much, everything was new, we also gave over 80 quilted jackets.”
Another project involved a team of volunteers who helped the Oasis Lunch Club for the homeless, organised by the Elim Pentecostal Church in Watford.
During the day they laid tables, served food and chatted with the homeless people. The volunteers also provided them with goodie bags containing elements such as scarfs, hats, socks, drinks and biscuits.
Ingrid continued: “The Elim Church is doing such an amazing work; they are the most amazing organisation. They make lunch every Sunday and because of this some of us still go there and help. We hope to continue working with the church.
“I’m thrilled that we received the interfaith award, not only for me but for all the volunteers. I organised it but I was grateful for all the volunteers that came from the synagogue.
“I do realise we may be a small community but with a big heart. We are so pleased we did it, we’re still buzzing.”