Muswell Hill Synagogue
Terumah 16/17 February 5.02pm 6.06pm

Social Action

The world stands on three things: Torah (Jewish learning), Avodah (service of God) and acts of Chesed (loving-kindness) Ethics of the Fathers 1:2

At Muswell Hill Synagogue we believe that we should give up some of our time to help others.

We do this in various ways

 Winter Shelter

We are delighted that in 2018 we will be working with Hornsey All People all Places to run 6 weeks of their winter shelter at our shul on Tuesdays through Feb and March.

This is a very exciting project for us and very much in line with our ethos of reaching out to help the wider community when we can,
We are getting a lot of support from Hornsey Parish Church who are running the first 6 weeks of the shelter and have experience in this area.

We will need volunteers to do the following:
Cook meals – at shul but can be advance as part of a cooking club or on the day of the shelter
Set up for the evening – lay table, prepare bedding, serve dinner  (approx 6.30-9.30pm)
Night shift – stay with the guests – 9.30pm-6.30am
Morning shift – make breakfast and hot drinks, clear up bedding, wash and tidy up – 6.30am-8.30am.

Please email the ">social action team if you’d like to get invovled.  if you’d like to help or know more – a meeting will be arranged for all interested volunteers.

You can also find our more about what volunteering would involve here


Muswell Hill Foodbank –

“The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”

We are so excited to be working with the Muswell Hill Foodbank.  They are in constant need of more food and toiletries to support those in the Muswell Hill community who are in food crisis.  You will see a WHITE WIRE BASKET IN THE LOBBY with a list of the items that they need.  We would be so grateful for any items that you can provide.  Here is a list of the particular things they are running low on:

Tinned tomatoes, Instant mashed potato, Tinned rice pudding, Tinned custard, Longlife juice, Washing-up liquid, washing powder/liquid, Men’s toiletries, Female toiletries (no tampons or pads.

Also, we have a list of Shul Members who very kindly make soup and/or a cake every few months or so for the Foodbank clients.  There is no commitment – if you can’t make a date that we mail out then it’s fine but if you are able to go on this list please email us at  ..

The Foodbank is part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK. We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why the Foodbank provides three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis.

The Foodbank are looking for volunteers to help give food parcels out on Mondays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm and Wednesdays between 11.15am and 1.45pm.  If you would like to volunteer, the commitment is once every 4-6 weeks.  Full training will be given.  Please e-mail  to sign up.

We’d love to hear from you.



Cooking Club

Come and help us cook food for those in need

When: Next date TBC

What happens: We have 15 places for people of all ages over 5 to come and help cook a three course veggie meal. Food will then be distributed to local charities and members of our own community who would like a home cooked meal.

What do you need to do?
If you would like to come email  ..

We also freeze a few extra meals each month to be used for people who are ill/sitting shiva/have new babies or have any other need- so let us know if you think anyone would like one.

Help at our local soup kitchen

If you would like to volunteer at our local soup kitchen at the Baptist Church in Dukes Avenue please contact 

Muswell Hill Soup Kitchen is most grateful to shul members for their continuing support. The splendid Munchbox in the shul foyer was made by Gordon, a regular guest, who walked from John O’Groats to Lands End last summer on behalf of the Soup Kitchen. Please put in it any long-lasting tinned or packaged food, or warm clothing. Thank you.

If you would like to be part of emergency cover (over 18 and flexible – we can get requests the day before or on the day) please contact 

Volunteer Database

If you would like to be updated on any volunteering opportunities, please email your details to and we can add you to our database.