Jewish communities around the UK took part in Mitzvah Day on 27 November 2016. This year there was a special emphasis on interfaith relations and working with refugees.
Mitzvah Day is a UK charity with a vision for Jews and non-Jews to come together to build more cohesive neighbourhoods and to strengthen civil society. A Mitzvah, literally, is a commandment in Jewish law. However, it is often used to mean a good deed or an act of kindness and that is the basis for Mitzvah Day. It is an integral part of Jewish life. On Mitzvah Day, people give their time, not money, to make a difference to the community around them. The movement introduces people to social action, to their neighbours and to local charities setting up projects which address real needs. Jewish led, it brings people of other faiths and none to volunteer side by side, with fun and laughter, with the Jewish community, to get to know each other.
In Glasgow the local Jewish Community teamed up with Refuweegee.
In Edinburgh volunteers helped to sort donations at the Re-Act warehouse.
Overall in 2016 across the UK there were:
- Over 40,000 volunteers
- Around 150,000 hours
- 412 UK Mitzvah Days
- Over 1200 UK projects
- 694 Mitzvah Days across the world
- 27 MPs gave their time
- 24 different countries across the world
- 8 different faiths participating in 83 interfaith projects
View The highlights of Mitzvah Day 2016 in the online photo gallery
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