Children at East London & Essex Liberal Synagogue put their baking skills to the test as part of a day of faith-led social action.

Mitzvah Day, a Jewish-led celebration of social action, was marked differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But children from the Cheder class at the synagogue were able to work in their kitchens at home to create tasty treats for people at Mill Grove in South Woodford.

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Mitzvah Day baking

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Mill Grove is a place that cares for children and young people who cannot live with their own families, and also provides a home for families who need accommodation and support.

Merle Muswell, from the synagogue and who coordinated the Mitzvah Day activities, said: "On Saturday morning, the children baked cakes in their own homes, and delivered them on Sunday with the help of their head teacher Jonathan Young .

"Jonathan presented them to Keith and Ruth who run Mill Grove, and they distributed the bakes to their residents.

"We understand they loved them."

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Later, Rabbi Richard Jacobi, chairman of the synagogue, Stewart Spivack , Jonathan and Merle, and all the Cheder families came together for a zoom chat.

They were also joined by Keith and Ruth from Mill Grove, who are the third generation of the same family to run Mill Grove.

Ms Muswell said of Mill Grove: "We know this will be the start of a fruitful and fulfilling relationship."