The three main party leaders have encouraged more community members to join the 20,000-plus committed to doing good deeds on Mitzvah Day on November 18.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the day was “a fantastic example of people coming together for the good of their community, which is why last year I was pleased to present them [Mitzvah Day] with a Big Society Award.
“This year Mitzvah day is forming part of A Year of Service, highlighting the many community initiatives put on by people of all faiths.
“This great idea is joining together communities right across the UK.”
Deputy PM Nick Clegg said the day was “inspirational”, reflecting the best of Jewish values as people of all faiths worked side by side to make a difference in their local communities.
“Congratulations on a seventh fantastic year of tree planting, manning soup kitchens, befriending, cleaning up, making, baking and doing — lending a helping hand and raising a smile among those who need it most.”
Labour Leader Ed Miliband said Mitzvah Day was a prime example of the kind of active community spirit he wanted to see across the UK. “It’s through thousands of small actions that we build our families and our communities.”