Mitzvah day

Hindus volunteer for Mitzvah Day

July 29, 2010

Mitzvah Day has joined forces with the Hindu community to promote the UK's biggest day of volunteering.

Around 20,000 volunteers are expected to support over 250 projects across the country on Mitzvah Day and the first Sewa Day on November 21.

Lynne Featherstone, Mike Freer and Matthew Offord are among MPs who have pledged their volunteering services.

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New president of League of Jewish Women

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The new president of the League of Jewish Women lists her top priority as the organisation's survival over the next 10 years.

Marilyn Brummer, 68, identifies a need for a re-energised membership, but acknowledges that changing women's priorities are making recruitment difficult for a voluntary work organisation.

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Hindus launching their own Mitzvah Day

January 21, 2010

Inspired by British Jewry’s Mitzvah Day, the Hindu community has established its own day of good deeds.

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks and Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush were among over 300 guests at a Stanmore temple for the launch of National Sewa Day, which will coincide with Mitzvah Day on November 21.

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Mitzvah Day

November 16, 2009

Communities from across the UK have been doing their bit to help the community on Mitzvah Day. Send your Mitzvah Day pictures to community@thejc.com.

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Tony Blair backs inclusive Mitzvah Day projects

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Tony Blair has singled out Mitzvah Day as an example of “what faith is about: meaningful, tangible collective action”.

Mr Blair also applauds the efforts of Mitzvah Day organisers to “engage with those of other faiths”.

The day of good deeds on Sunday will see 15,000 people from across the community involved in 250 projects.

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Mitzvah Day embodies my vision

By Tony Blair, November 12, 2009

The Jewish community has a long history of public service. It is central to the core beliefs of the Jewish faith — Tzedek, Tzdek, Tirdof (Justice, Justice, Shall you pursue). Indeed, the Torah itself is, in its entirety, the DIY guide to making the world a healthier, wholer and saner place.

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Mitzvah Day's TV stars

October 29, 2009

Young people from across the community will be supporting the annual Blue Peter appeal as part of Mitzvah Day on November 15.

They will be collecting old T-shirts and decorating them for use as gowns, saving on the cost of corrective surgery for children in developing nations with cleft palates.

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It’s a different world down on the farm

By Simon Friend, November 20, 2008

Kentish Town City Farm might not seem the most obvious venue for Jewish workers. But that was not the case on Mitzvah Day as many joined an ethnically diverse group of volunteers who came to clean and refurbish the educational facility, visited by children with special needs, or from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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Everyone’s a cup holder as Liverpool loan their precious trophy

November 20, 2008

Liverpool Football Club gave the Merseyside Mitzvah Day programme an added kick by loaning the European Cup it permanently holds - recognising the club having won the trophy five times -as well as making a financial contribution.

Some of the 250-plus local participants took the opportunity to have their picture taken with the trophy, among them organiser Jessica Bernstein, who put the programme together in six days.

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Volunteers out to help the less fortunate

November 20, 2008

Shadow Charities Minister Nick Hurd visited Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue to support the 200 people giving blood in a joint initiative with Northwood United shul.

In total, 450 Northwood Liberal members were involved in the day, prompting Rabbi Hillel Athias-Robles to declare that "in these credit crunch times, it's good to know we can all still do our bit for charity by giving not cash but a little time".

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