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:
'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 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.