Mitzvah day

Warsi enjoying being at the Hub of things

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Warsi left JHub with her own pot of Mitzvah Day mint.

On Tuesday, the baroness visited one of the Pears Foundation's flagship projects, which gives office space to faith-based enterprise and social action groups.

Mitzvah Day is one of the resident organisations, along with Tzedek and the Jewish Social Action Forum.

She was shown round the West Hampstea


Close-knit footballing visitors

November 24, 2011

Mitzvah Day activities kicked off early at Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens House in Ilford as Leyton Orient footballers Ben Chorley, Terrell Forbes and Moses Odubajo visited residents.

As well as socialising and joining in with singing, the players bought knitted scarves from 95-year-old Hetty Tauber.

Chorley, who previously visited the home last year, said he was moved by talking to reside


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.


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."


Party leaders lend a hand

By Cathy Forman, November 17, 2011

The party political leaders are the latest public figures to throw their weight behind this year's Mitzvah Day, the community's national day of volunteering.

David Cameron said: "National Mitzvah Day is a great example of how faith communities across the country are contributing to furthering social responsibility."

Labour leader Ed Miliband said: "Mitzvah Day volunteers will show that the a