Mitzvah day

Mitzvah Day keeps going and growing

By Laura Marks, April 25, 2014

Who would have imagined that just eight years ago Mitzvah Day would be the worldwide movement it has become with more than 35,000 people making a meaningful difference to a range of causes, issues and charities?


A recipe for collaboration

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

Mitzvah Day organisers may well have saved one of the best projects for last, bringing together a group of 14 high-flying Muslim and Jewish women to cook for the homeless last Wednesday.


Israeli group adds a splash of colour

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

In a first for Mitzvah Day, an Israeli social group organised an activity, painting a mural on the back fence of Norwood’s Buckets and Spades Lodge in north London, which offers short breaks for children and young adults.The Israeli Salon members also organised games and other activities for the children.


Scottish participants play their cards right

By Adam Henderson , November 25, 2013

Glasgow’s Giffnock Synagogue was a hive of activity on Mitzvah Day, as arts and crafts and cookery programmes were staged by UJIA in aid of charities including the Samaritans Christmas appeal. Donated food went to Jewish Care Scotland and greetings cards were dispatched to Scottish and Israeli soldiers.


Mitzvah Day: Rantzen's tears as pupils back refugees

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

Esther Rantzen was moved to tears as Michael Sobell Sinai School pupils presented a handmade mosaic plaque to Barnet Refugee Service.

The broadcaster and Childline founder heard the children recite poems and speeches they had composed for Mitzvah Day, before unveiling the metre-long plaque, which was inscribed: “Hope, love, safe and home.”


A past mitzvah honoured in Stevenage

By Jay Grenby, November 25, 2013

Just before the beginning of the Second World War, 500 Jewish children, mostly refugees from Nazi persecution, were evacuated with their teachers to Shefford, a small Bedfordshire town 15 miles north-west of Stevenage, where the North Herts Liberal Jewish Community is now based. The children were taken in and looked after by Shefford families until the end of the war.


Mitzvah Day: Leeds says it with flowers - and more

By John Fisher, November 25, 2013

In the biggest Leeds Mitzvah Day operation, over 200 volunteers turned up to care, cook and collect.

There were coffee mornings, befriending sessions, knitting for the elderly, help for asylum seekers, collecting and boxing up essentials for the underprivileged and raising money for emergency aid to victims of the Philippines typhoon.


Making friends down on the farm

By Charlotte Oliver, November 25, 2013

Hasmonean girls were involved in a pioneering project bringing together pupils from Jewish, Christian and Muslim schools.

The Hasmonean pupils met their counterparts from the Maria Fidelis Convent School in Camden and the Azhar Academy in Forest Gate for an afternoon of rural labour in a town location, namely Spitalfields City Farm.


Visit from Orient stars is a (care) home win in Ilford

By James Masters, November 25, 2013

In what has become a Mitzvah Day tradition, two Leyton Orient footballers visited Jewish Care’s Vi and John Rubens home in Ilford, where they chatted with residents, posed for photographs and signed autographs.

And among those David Mooney and Moses Odubajo met was a man who has supported the Os for more than 90 years.


Designer fashions Kisharon activity

November 25, 2013

As a fashionable contribution, Israeli designer Avshalom Gur ran an arts and crafts workshop for those with learning difficulties at Kisharon’s Hanna Schwalbe home in Golders Green on Sunday afternoon. Using sewing materials including buttons, beads and badges, he showed adult residents how to decorate the cushion covers he donated.