Mitzvah day

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


Profiting from generation game as young help the old

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day brought generations together, with many young participants engaged in activities assisting elderly community members and Holocaust survivors.

Teenagers at the London Jewish Cultural Centre baked scones and miniature Victoria sponges and prepared finger sandwiches with chef Lisa Roukin for a tea party for survivors.

LJCC youth co-ordinator Laurence Field said: "We do so much work


London synagogue initiatives attract the votes of politicians

November 24, 2011

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone joined Muswell Hill teenagers clearing litter from Cherry Tree Wood as part of a Mitzvah Day venture. The Hornsey and Wood Green MP said she "really enjoyed the good clear up, with some spring bulb planting to top it off. I am always excited to join the local synagogue for this wonderful day of community action.


Government teams up with Mitzvah Day

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day will have joint responsibility for a national Year of Service in 2012, when each of the country's major faiths will hold their own day of social action.

Founder Laura Marks said Communities Secretary Eric Pickles had been impressed by Mitzvah Day and similar initiatives and wanted the government to get on board.


Blair and Boris praise faiths unity

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Boris Johnson and Tony Blair have lauded the interfaith aspect of Mitzvah Day.

Mitzvah Day marks the start of the national Interfaith Week and Mr Blair praised the notion of "Jews working with Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Baha'is to go out into their communities to help clean up the area".

Mr Johnson said such co-operation was a "fantastic example of what can happen when people put


Chief Rabbi opens week of interfaith activity

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

The Chief Rabbi was joined by dignitaries from several faiths in marking the start of the annual Interfaith Week at a ceremony in London on Tuesday.


Boris Johnson's Mitzvah Day message

November 21, 2011

Mayor of London Boris Johnson praised the efforts of Mitzvah Day 2011 volunteers.


Mitzvah Day 2011

By Jessica Elgot, November 21, 2011

Pictures from around the UK of the community's Mitzvah Day activities - from packing food for the homeless to knitting sweaters for WJR.

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Eric Pickles praises Mitzvah Day

By Eric Pickles, November 21, 2011

On being awarded an MBE for services to the community in her adopted home of Leeds, that great Yorkshirewoman Marjorie Ziff said: "Leeds is a wonderful city. It has given us our bread-and-butter and you have to give something back."