Faith in action
St Philip’s Centre is committed to working with our partners from the different faith communities to benefit people in need and important causes which are achieved through charitable efforts. We work with the Jewish community each year to mark Mitzvah Day. Projects in the past have included collecting toiletries from supermarkets which were given to charities who work with victims of domestic violence and the homeless. We engage with the Buddhist, Hindu, Jain and Sikh communities for Sewa Day each year. ‘Sewa’ which means ‘selfless service’, is important to these faiths. We have run celebration tea parties for the elderly through day centres and organised a community street clean-up. Our partnership with the Muslim community has been evident through our hosting of inter faith iftars during the Islamic holy month of ramadhan and Christian-Muslim charity dinners. In 2012, we marked HM the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee by hosting a jubilee themed party which coincided with Diwali and Bandi Chhor Divas.
Our partners for Faith in Action include:
- East Midlands Buddhist Vihara
- Federation of Muslim Organisations
- Guru Amardas Gurdwara
- Guru Tegh Bahadur Gurdwara
- Jain Centre Europe
- Leicester College
- League of Jewish Women – Leicester
- Leicester Progressive Jewish Community
- Leicestershire Sikh Alliance
- Oadby & Wigston Muslim Association
- Shree Sanatan Mandir
- Shri Guru Harkrishan Sahib Ji Gurdwara
Diwali Delights – A Year of Service 2012
Sewa Day 2012
Mitzvah Day – A Year of Service 2012
2015 MITZVAH EVENT SUPPORTING WOMEN’S AID
On Sunday 21st June 2015, Leicester’s Jewish community supported by St Philip’s Centre will take part in sixth annual charity effort supporting the Hebrew concept of ‘Mitzvah’ or good deed.
The Mitzvah event will involve volunteers collecting toiletries and some small food items for victims of domestic violence who are supported by the charity Women’s Aid. Instead of asking for money, volunteers will ask shoppers at Asda in Oadby to purchase and donate items for cause.
Bathroom items including shampoo, soap, toothpaste and tissues will be collected as will tinned food items for people who are given sanctuary when faced with violence within their own home environments.
Ruth Neuberg, from the League of Jewish Women Leicestershire said, “Whilst we support the international Mitzvah Day which takes place in November, we felt that it would be helpful to have an additional day in the summer. In the past we have supported many causes including the homeless and terminally ill children. This year our cause once again supports people in vulnerable situations and we hope that Asda shoppers will respond positively”.
Emmanuel Haven from the Leicester Progressive Jewish Congregation added, “Mitzvah is not just a concept in Judaism but one which we live our lives by every single day. Our aim is to bring some comfort into troubled lives. We hope that shoppers will be generous and to add one item to their basket which can brighten up someone’s day”.