Four north-eastern local education authorities have incorporated Mitzvah Day into their syllabus.
The move by the LEAs in Durham, Hartlepool, Sunderland and South Tyneside will enable the Jewish-inspired programme of good deeds to be discussed across primary and secondary schools from September as part of a move to promote interfaith initiatives. Retired teacher and Newcastle Hebrew Congregation education director Dorothy
Sadlik had suggested the idea to the LEAs through her involvement In Sacre, the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.
“It’s a way of informally bringing in Jewish values to the wider community,” said Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks. “This will help us encourage schools to run Mitzvah Day as part of their syllabus.”