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Time to give blood

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2008-09-11

Rabbi Lister giving blood

Rabbi Lister giving blood

The importance of giving blood is being highlighted by the United Synagogue to its members as part of an awareness campaign during Rosh Hashanah.

Under the organisation's Project Chesed, the United Synagogue is teaming up with the National Blood Service to encourage more members of the Jewish community to become blood donors.

Information about the campaign will be given through posters and flyers as well as within synagogues during the high holidays.  One rabbi involved in giving blood is Rabbi Lister of Edgware Synagogue.

In November, two events will be taking part for the Jewish community to give blood. November 9 will see a blood donation session taking place at Hendon United Synagoue while on November 23, Borehamwood & Elstree United Synagogue will be supported a donor event at Fairfield Junior School in Radlett.

"Giving blood is quite literally a life saving act," said Candice Woolfson, Project Chesed director. "Every Rosh Hashanah we greet each other with the words ‘Shana Tova – May you have a healthy and happy New Year’ – this year our community can turn those words into actions."

The National Blood Service says it welcomes the support from the Jewish community. "We are delighted to be working with Project Chesed and hope this campaign encourages many new and existing blood donors to give blood," said spokeswoman Rebecca Khan. "It’s important for people to support their local blood donor sessions. The demand for blood is constant and to ensure we are able to supply hospitals with the blood they need to treat patients, it is important to keep blood stocks replenished." 

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