Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn and Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon have expressed for support for Mitzvah Day, the UK’s biggest faith-based day of social action.
The Prime Minister said: “On Mitzvah Day we see what makes our Jewish communities so special, as thousands of volunteers lead projects bringing together people of other faiths and those of none.
“Working side by side, these volunteers build bridges, challenge stereotypes and make a real difference to the communities around them. I wish everyone taking part in the UK and around the world a very happy and successful Mitzvah Day.”
This year Mitzvah Day will take place on, and around, Sunday 27 November. 40,000 volunteers from all faiths, led by the Jewish community, will give their time to various projects including collectathons, cooking, present wrapping, tea parties and much more.
The projects will support refugees and asylum seekers, as well as the homeless, disabled people, older people and the most vulnerable in society.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The Jewish values of tikkun olam, gemilut hasadim and tzedek are evident when faith groups work together with one voice to show support during humanitarian crises across the world. Our on-going engagement with faith groups, including the Jewish community, is vital in building a safer, stronger and more equal Scotland where our diverse communities can flourish and their contributions are celebrated.
“Mitzvah Day is an excellent example of how people from all walks of life come together and show how easy it is to put Jewish values into action for the benefit of all communities.”
Earlier today Communities Minister Lord Bourne, who speaks on behalf of the Government on homelessness in the Lords, marked Mitzvah Day by visiting The Lodge, St Mungo’s project in the City of London which provides support for older people with a history of sleeping rough.
Lord Bourne said: “Mitzvah Day continues to inspire people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds to give something back to their local communities. It means thousands of people across the country will set aside this one day to help others, creating lasting understanding and friendships between people from a variety of different backgrounds.
“I was delighted to see the practical contribution volunteers are making at The Lodge for St Mungo’s – both to mark this particular occasion, and every other day of the year.”