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Mitzvah Day 2012

By Sandy Rashty, November 22, 2012
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Cameron, Clegg and Miliband vote for Mitzvah Day

November 8, 2012

The three main party leaders have encouraged more community members to join the 20,000-plus committed to doing good deeds on Mitzvah Day on November 18.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the day was “a fantastic example of people coming together for the good of their community, which is why last year I was pleased to present them [Mitzvah Day] with a Big Society Award.

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Succot's spirit of thanksgiving

By John Sentamu, October 5, 2012

"We plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the ground…" This is the time of year when succahs are built, lulavs are waved and, in churches and schools across the country, tins of baked beans and other produce are collected and distributed. What a fantastic time of celebration!

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Mitzvah Day signs up 100 for eighth day of good deeds

September 20, 2012

One-hundred organisations have already signed up to participate in the eighth Mitzvah Day of good deeds on November 18.

Synagogues, youth and student groups, schools, interfaith organisations and businesses will be taking part in the community’s biggest day of social action.

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Hindus withdraw from a Year of Service

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

A Hindu social action group has pulled out of an interfaith volunteering venture because of concerns over a £65,000 government allocation to Mitzvah Day, which is administering it.

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Mitzvah Day's Laura Marks sweeps the Board of Deputies poll

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The head of a campaign to encourage more women into Jewish leadership roles set the perfect example on Sunday when she topped the poll for vice-president of the Board of Deputies. Laura Marks, founder of the cross-communal social action event Mitzvah Day, was elected senior vice-president - just four months after becoming a deputy.

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Shake-up in women's role

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Change is needed to shake up Jewish organisations which court their potential board members on the golf course, to allow women better access to lay leadership.

That was the audience consensus at open meetings organised by the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership.

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The biggest mitzvah

January 5, 2012

A northern interfaith initiative has won the JC's Mitzvah Day competition.

Entrants were asked to explain why their particular project had made a significant impact.

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Mitzvah Day's magic mix

By Jessica Elgot, December 8, 2011

Rabbis, archbishops and assorted clergy decorated cakes, made mince pies and organised the winter stores for homeless charity Providence Row, as a follow-up to last month's Mitzvah Day.

Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, as well as the heads of the Reform, Liberal, Spanish and Portuguese and Masorti Jewish movements, volunteered at the Tower Hamlets charity following a meeting of the Coun

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PM's prize mitzvah

December 1, 2011

Mitzvah Day is to receive David Cameron's Big Society Award, joining a select band of two dozen community groups.

Mr Cameron praised the day as "a fantastic initiative to inspire people to come together and do something positive for their community.

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