Interfaith action is at the heart of Mitzvah Day 2024

Mitzvah Day’s theme for this year is ‘Stronger Together’


The interfaith leaders with Mitzvah Day and Sebby's Corner teams after the packing at the launch of Mitzvah Day 2024 (Photo: Mitzvah Day)

Mitzvah Day has announced that its theme for this year is “Stronger Together” as it continues in its mission to unite people of diverse faiths and backgrounds.

Heads of the largest faith-based day of charitable action said that the theme was chosen to highlight that during conflict abroad and division at home, they would strive to build bridges across communities. 

Mitzvah Day CEO Stuart Diamond admitted that it had been “a very difficult year” for faith communities, “but on Mitzvah Day this year, we are putting that aside to focus on what matters most… being together.

“Together we will tackle local needs – from fighting hunger to collecting litter to bringing some cheer to those who are lonely. So let's all roll up our sleeves and build a better society, side by side. Because, guess what? We really are stronger together."

Fifteen faith leaders from various traditions came together at the launch event to collect and sort essential items for children and families in need at Barnet-based baby bank, Sebby’s Corner.

Bishop of Edmonton, the Rt Revd Canon Dr Anderson Jeremiah, who was among those taking part, said: “At this fractious time in our communities, it is paramount that we come together to promote the sacred nature of humanity and peace. It is an honour that I could participate with Mitzvah Day in this critical task of building bridges and communities of love.”

Joining him from the Jewish community was Rabbi Tanya Sakhnovich from Edgware and Hendon Reform Synagogue and Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet from St Albans Masorti Synagogue.

Speaking to the JC, Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks CBE said: “In recent years, in particular, to build a socially cohesive society, one where we know our neighbours, where we have safe streets and positive community connections takes work – it doesn’t happen on its own.

"My commitment to interfaith connections, through Mitzvah Day and all my work, is because I have seen how, particularly in times of tension, communities polarise, blame each other, find scapegoats and become angry and fearful.

Marks added that Mitzvah Day was an opportunity to “reach out to our other faith neighbours, we connect through social action which is integral to every faith and belief community. It’s easy, constructive, connecting, important and fun”.

Founded in 2021 by Bianca Sakol, Sebby’s Corner provides essential support to young families in need across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and various London areas.

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