Record number of Jews take part in Muslim Mitzvah Day
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Record number of Jews take part in Muslim Mitzvah Day

More than 1,500 volunteers joined this year's Sadaqa Day of Muslim-led social action to help the homeless, refugees, the elderly and most vulnerable in society.

  • Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks taking part in Sadaqa Day
    Mitzvah Day founder Laura Marks taking part in Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers collecting on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Daniella Pears of the Pears Foundation and Mitzvah Day (second left) taking part in Sadaqa Day
    Daniella Pears of the Pears Foundation and Mitzvah Day (second left) taking part in Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers pose together after cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers pose together after cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Daniella Pears with a Muslim volunteer cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Daniella Pears with a Muslim volunteer cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers cooking a three course meal for the homeless together, on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish, Muslim and Sikh volunteers on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish, Muslim and Sikh volunteers on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day, including Laura Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day (centre-right)
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day, including Laura Marks, founder of Mitzvah Day (centre-right)
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
  • Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day
    Jewish and Muslim volunteers on Sadaqa Day

A record number of Jews took part in this year’s Sadaqa Day of Muslim-led social action.

An estimated 1,500 volunteers joined the Muslim equivalent of Mitzvah Day on Sunday, with projects designed to help refugees, the homeless, elderly and most vulnerable in society.

Among the event were 15 joint Mitzvah Day and Sadaqa Day projects which were held nationwide. They included  800 Muslim school children from Stanmore Mosque teaming up with members of Northwood & Pinner Liberal Synagogue, Pinner United Synagogue, Edgware & District Reform Synagogue and JW3 to collect and pack items for Sufra Food Bank, the Refugee Council, Salusbury World, a charity which supports refugee children, and Al Mizan, a Muslim charitable trust.  Elsewhere, volunteers from across London gathered at JW3 to cook a three-course hot meal for a local homeless shelter.

Daniela Pears, Mitzvah Day’s interfaith chair, said: “This event offered our Jewish community a wonderful opportunity to re-engage in local projects together with our Muslim friends.

“This sincere continued engagement, through volunteering side-by-side on meaningful projects, not only helps so many in need around us, but builds stronger bonds of friendship and greater relations across local faith communities all year round.”

Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks added: “Mitzvah Day, and this sister initiative in the Muslim community, are growing stronger each and every year. With hatred and division seemingly all around us, projects such as those on Sadaqa Day and Mitzvah Day – where genuine friendships are formed between people of different faiths – are more important than ever.”

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