Mitzvah day

Songs of Praise gets a taste of collaborative work

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

In front of a camera crew from BBC's Songs of Praise, Christians and Jews cooked for the homeless in an early Mitzvah Day activity at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

Respective favourites such as mince pies and apple strudel were on the menu and participants swapped cookery tips.


MPs display the 'write' stuff for social action

November 12, 2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Tory Party deputy chair Robert Halfon and shadow health minister Luciana Berger were among MPs who took part in a Mitzvah Day social action project in a packed Commons committee room.

The MPs wrote cards to staff at various charities, thanking them for their contribution to society.


What's happening for Leeds Mitzvah Day

November 11, 2015

The Leeds Jewish community is running a raft of activities on Mitzvah Day.


They're making an early start for tea

November 5, 2015

Mitzvah Day came early for north Londoner Simon Murray, who led what the organisation claims was the first event of its 2015 programme - a tea on Sunday for Jewish Care service users.

Mr Murray 31, has been organising similar events for the charity's clients but wanted to do something on a grander scale for Mitzvah Day.


Looking north for mitzvot

October 8, 2015

Mitzvah Day is looking to increase its regional programme with the appointment of science student Aviva Khan as its first Manchester-based fieldworker.

Ms Khan, 22, has long been involved in charitable and social action projects - and organisations including Bnei Akiva, Gift and Manchester's leading welfare charity, The Fed.


Government minister Baroness Williams to attend launch of Jewish-Muslim women’s group

By Sandy Rashty, September 21, 2015

Communities Minister Baroness Williams will speak at the formal launch of a Jewish-Muslim women’s group next month.

The Tory peer is set to welcome the launch of government-backed initiative Nisa-Nashim, an interfaith body aiming to strengthen relations between the two communities.


Targeting a rise in mitzvot as the good deeds go global

By Barry Toberman, September 10, 2015

The walls of Mitzvah Day's north London offices are plastered with targets for the continued development of the annual day of good deeds and its associated year-round projects.

Interviewed by the summer beach at the adjacent JW3 community centre, Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks was loth to reveal the target figures.


Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.


Growing up at Mitzvah Day

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Mitzvah Day is looking to become a “grown-up” charity with the recruitment of a chief executive.

Having attracted 37,000 volunteers for its various projects last year, the social action organisation is looking to expand its influence both here and abroad.