Mitzvah day

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.


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.


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


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.


Northern exposure

November 28, 2011

Thirty residents and staff of the special needs Langdon Community residential facility cleared the cemetery of St Margaret's Church in north Manchester and helped to paint the church outhouse.

Twenty Heaton Park synagogue members joined Langdon college students to wash cars in exchange for kosher food which was sent to needy families.


JCC looks to the stars as its day of events benefits from the X Factor

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

TV personalities and a Euro MP supported the JCC London's Mitzvah Day events.

Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins and Camden Mayor, Councillor Abdul Quadir, dropped into the World Peace Garden by Hampstead Heath station to help JCC volunteers put up decking, clear leaves and weeds and plant bulbs.

Clara Shapero, 11, said: "When I look at this beautiful peace garden, I will see what


Cleaning up their act in Scotland

By Stephanie Brickman, November 24, 2011

Continuing a Mitzvah Day tradition, Glasgow youngsters removed litter and weeds and washed headstones at the Glenduffhill and Sandymount Jewish cemeteries.

The group at Glenduffhill had an extra mitzvah opportunity when asked to join a funeral party that was short of a minyan.


Memorable contribution leads the Brighton effort

November 24, 2011

Sussex Jewish Community Care took a trip down memory lane for Mitzvah Day.

Volunteers helped fill 150 "memory bags" with old-fashioned sweets, cards prepared by cheder pupils, vintage photographs and a notebook for recording special memories.


Right up their Street

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 24, 2011

Coronation Street star Jennie McAlpine played an earthy part in Manchester's Mitzvah Day events.

The actress, who portrays Fiz in the ITV soap, got her hands dirty planting flowers donated from garden centres into wellington boots at South Manchester Synagogue in Bowdon. She was joined by 30 Jewish children and members of the Muslim community.


Off to a tea with Norwood's help

November 24, 2011

Barnet Mayor Councillor Rita Rutter supported the Norwood Mitzvah Day effort.

Councillor Rutter attended a tea party thrown by Young Norwood volunteers at the Kennedy Leigh Family Centre in Hendon for members of the Unity recreational group for disabled children and young people.

Young Hendon United and Edgware Reform congregants helped to paint a mural at Kennedy Leigh and gave the Norwood