Mitzvah Day Organiser Hava Fleming led her community Durham & North East Liberal Jewish in a collaborative event with Durham Uni J. Soc, whose president Jake Goldman massed the Jewish student troops.
The event was also supported by Bahai, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Quaker, Chinese, Kurdish, Iraqi and Saudi friends. Thanks went to Waddington Street United Reformed Church, who offered the use their social hall for the event.
Katie Stobbs (pictured right), Durham Student Community Action Coordinator commented “All of the students loved being involved and all really enjoyed themselves. Our guests seem to have a lovely time too.”
The group of six Syrian families who were invited to the event, as well as people living below the poverty line in the County. They shared lunch and an opportunity to swop family photos if language failed.
Oskar Avery, newly appointed Newcastle City Councillor for Blakelaw and member of the Durham & North East Liberal Jewish Community, said: “Mitzvah Day is such a worthwhile venture and an opportunity to think about the necessity for supporting the Food Banks and our recently arrived asylum seekers and refugees. Mitzvah Day was a resounding success in Durham.” The day was featured on the BBC Look North News programme..