Syrian Refugee families, in partnership with the Refugee Forum, were welcomed to the Nottingham Liberal Synagogue, along with children from other muslim communities for the Mitzvah day event – a day of good deeds.
The morning was truly a celebration of shared values that unite us, rather than differences which divide us. Friends from the Karimia Institute, children from the Al Zahara community of Nottingham (led by Dr. Latif Imran Jalil) along with children for the Ahmadiyyah community of Nottingham (led by Dr. Irfan Malik) joined together in a program of activities, starting with ice breaking games for the children to get to know each other.
The children then formed groups and rotated around 4 activities: Making Christmas cards to give residents at a local care home, decorating biscuits for the Framework homeless shelters in Nottingham, packing bags of sweets to give to a children’s charity, and making a massive Mitzvah Day banner. We welcomed parents into the synagogue and spent the morning getting to know each other over many cups of coffee and biscuits.
At the end of the morning all the refugee children received parting gifts of toys (generously donated). It was a happy event with around 80 children and parents of different faiths coming together. We all had a wonderful time getting to know each other, had fun, and helped make a better future for Nottingham. A good time was had by all!