A synagogue in St Albans has marked this year's Mitzvah Day - otherwise known as the Day of Social Action - with a number of community projects.

On Sunday (November 20) St Albans Masorti Synagogue (SAMS) worked on a number of projects, for the benefit of the local community.


This included working with St Saviour’s and St Bartholomew’s churches to cook and share a meal prepared with asylum seekers.

Fourteen asylum seekers from eight countries took part in the event, which also marked Interfaith Week.

Herts Advertiser: The youngest member of SAMS gardening team.The youngest member of SAMS gardening team. (Image: St Albans Masorti Synagogue)

SAMS members also made Ukrainian cakes and biscuits for a cultural afternoon for Ukrainian guests.

Ukrainian songs and dances were performed, in the country's national dress.

Herts Advertiser: Traditional Ukranian dancing took place.Traditional Ukranian dancing took place. (Image: St Albans Masorti Synagogue)

Young members took part in litter picking on the day, removing rubbish from the Alban Way.

Trees were also planted, and paths cleared at Highfield Park.

Herts Advertiser: Ukranian cakes and biscuits were produced.Ukranian cakes and biscuits were produced. (Image: St Albans Masorti Synagogue)

Lastly, members donated to collections made for asylum seekers and the women's refuge. 

Herts Advertiser: An opportunity was taken to learn about and celebrate Ukranian culture.An opportunity was taken to learn about and celebrate Ukranian culture. (Image: St Albans Masorti Synagogue)