Mitzvah day

Ealing celebrate early Mitzvah Day

By Jay Grenby, November 4, 2010

Mitzvah Day came early for Ealing Synagogue members this year.

Rather than abandon participation in the annual day of good deeds because of the imminent start on the shul hall redevelopment, congregants decided to advance their contribution.

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One rabbi and his dog

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his dog Mitzpah will be doing a sponsored walk from Frankfurt to Finchley.

The trek is in support of Tikkun Olam – repairing and helping the rest of the world.

The New North London Synagogue rabbi will be raising money to construct libraries in the Galilee, in Northern Israel, and in Malawi.

Donations will also go to a Jewish community centre in the Ukraine and to a mentoring programme to help young people develop social enterprise projects.

The pair plan to cover 250 miles by foot and use public transport for the rest of the distance.

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Hindus volunteer for Mitzvah Day

July 29, 2010

Mitzvah Day has joined forces with the Hindu community to promote the UK's biggest day of volunteering.

Around 20,000 volunteers are expected to support over 250 projects across the country on Mitzvah Day and the first Sewa Day on November 21.

Lynne Featherstone, Mike Freer and Matthew Offord are among MPs who have pledged their volunteering services.

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New president of League of Jewish Women

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

The new president of the League of Jewish Women lists her top priority as the organisation's survival over the next 10 years.

Marilyn Brummer, 68, identifies a need for a re-energised membership, but acknowledges that changing women's priorities are making recruitment difficult for a voluntary work organisation.

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Hindus launching their own Mitzvah Day

January 21, 2010

Inspired by British Jewry’s Mitzvah Day, the Hindu community has established its own day of good deeds.

Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks and Board of Deputies vice-president Jonathan Arkush were among over 300 guests at a Stanmore temple for the launch of National Sewa Day, which will coincide with Mitzvah Day on November 21.

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Mitzvah Day

November 16, 2009

Communities from across the UK have been doing their bit to help the community on Mitzvah Day. Send your Mitzvah Day pictures to community@thejc.com.

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Tony Blair backs inclusive Mitzvah Day projects

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Tony Blair has singled out Mitzvah Day as an example of “what faith is about: meaningful, tangible collective action”.

Mr Blair also applauds the efforts of Mitzvah Day organisers to “engage with those of other faiths”.

The day of good deeds on Sunday will see 15,000 people from across the community involved in 250 projects.

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Mitzvah Day embodies my vision

By Tony Blair, November 12, 2009

The Jewish community has a long history of public service. It is central to the core beliefs of the Jewish faith — Tzedek, Tzdek, Tirdof (Justice, Justice, Shall you pursue). Indeed, the Torah itself is, in its entirety, the DIY guide to making the world a healthier, wholer and saner place.

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Mitzvah Day's TV stars

October 29, 2009

Young people from across the community will be supporting the annual Blue Peter appeal as part of Mitzvah Day on November 15.

They will be collecting old T-shirts and decorating them for use as gowns, saving on the cost of corrective surgery for children in developing nations with cleft palates.

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It’s a different world down on the farm

By Simon Friend, November 20, 2008

Kentish Town City Farm might not seem the most obvious venue for Jewish workers. But that was not the case on Mitzvah Day as many joined an ethnically diverse group of volunteers who came to clean and refurbish the educational facility, visited by children with special needs, or from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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