FPS is built on Liberal Jewish values of tikkun olam (repairing the world). It is a fundamental part of our Judaism that we contribute to the betterment of the society around us.

To that end, our members are involved in several social action projects:

Homeless Shelter  

'Together in Barnet' Night Shelter is a local charity providing cold weather overnight accommodation and hospitality to homeless men and women. It was set up in 2003 and is now run by local churches and synagogues sharing a rota to ensure guests are accommodated from October through April.  FPS has been hosting the Shelter since 2012. About a dozen people (all assessed and referred by Homeless Action in Barnet) are welcomed by volunteers and provided with a hot evening meal, endless cups of tea and coffee, friendly conversation, a safe and warm place to sleep, and breakfast.

You can read more about volunteering for the shelter here.

Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day offers a great opportunity to help others in the wider community. FPS is involved in wide range of activities, such as providing musical entertainment at Rosetrees Residential Home, helping with 'Autumn Leaves Tidy' at Highgate Cemetery, and collecting food donations (along with members of a local mosque) for the food bank. We also support and host an Interfaith Tea Party at FPS.

Last year 40,000 volunteers in 21 countries participated in Mitzvah Day whichin 2016 falls on 27 November. Join in and participate with FPS.



In 2015-16 FPS played a leading role in organising a local response to the plight of the Syrian refugees. Together with other community groups, we formed the Barnet Refugee Welcome Board. The Board and Citizens UK have been able to persuade the head of Barnet Council to accept 50 Syrian refugees. We have an active group of members engaged in finding homes, schools and surgeries for the refugees. We will be involved in a Drop-In centre, where volunteers, such as English language teachers, therapists and befrienders, will meet the refugees to show their support and friendship. 


Twinned Community

Our twinned community 'Keshet' in the town of Mogilev (Belarus) is one of eleven Progressive congregations in that country. All of them are served by one rabbi who is based in Minsk. In October 2012 a small group of FPS members visited Minsk and Mogilev. We have sponsored Keshet's young members' participation in the Limmud conferences in the Former Soviet Union, as well as various educational and other projects in Mogilev. In October 2015 we welcomed the community's leader, Mila Izakson, to FPS. We receive regular updates about the life of this young and vibrant community which despite many difficulties makes great strides in rebuilding the Jewish life.

UPDATE from our twinned community in Mogilev:

FPS has just received a big ‘thank you’ from Mogilev for our donation towards children’s summer camp which took place in August in Poland. A Polish charity offered them free accommodation and board in a mansion with a big garden and sports facilities near Warsaw, but our donation helped towards the costs of travel, visas and staff salaries (doctor, cook, madrichim). For many of the 25 children of the Keshet community it was their first experience of a Jewish camp and it was a great success! Leader of the community Mila Izackson-Bolotovskaya writes: "the 10 days included learning Jewish prayers, Shaharit and Kabbalat Shabbat, performance of a Jewish Musical and Art and Craft classes, Jewish cooking and sport activities. On a trip to Warsaw the children visited the Jewish Museum and the Memorial to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto and read El Male Rahamim in that meaningful place. It was hard for the children to imagine that on these beautiful Warsaw streets, thousands of Jews were forced into cattle cars and taken to their deaths.” 

Mila is already planning a Bnei Mitzvah programme in the Keshet community and hopes to attract some of the children who took part in the Jewish camp in Poland. Here are some of the pictures from the camp:

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A special greeting from our twinned community Keshet in Mogilev (Belarus) on the occasion of the forthcoming (11 March) adult Bar Mitzvah of Paul Silver-Myer. On the same weekend Keshet will be celebrating an adult Bat Mitzvah:

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