Team

Dan Rickman – Executive Director

Dan@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9962

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Dan is responsible for Mitzvah Day as a whole. He has an overview of all the office’s work and supports the team to deliver amazing Mitzvah Day projects in November and year round.

Charlotte Agran – Interfaith Officer

Charlotte@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9961

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Interfaith is one of Mitzvah Day’s biggest areas of work, and Charlotte works with leaders and grassroots volunteers from all faith groups and none to bring people together.

Debbie Drapkin – Operations Coordinator

debbie@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9964

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Mitzvah Day every November is an immense and international undertaking, and Debbie manages it both logistically – pairing volunteering partners with charities – and globally, establishing links with Jewish communities abroad to spread our work across the world.

Simon Rothstein – PR & Communications

Simon@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9960

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Simon is a freelance public relations and social media expert, with 15 years’ experience working in, and with, the media. He handles all PR and communications for Mitzvah Day.

Gabriel Webber – Engagement Officer

Gabriel@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9960

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Gabriel is currently studying at Leo Beck College and works part-time for Mitzvah Day as our Engagement Officer. 

 

Sabrina Pears – Project Coordinator

Sabrina@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9963

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Recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University where she read anthropology, in 2016 Sabrina was in Australia where she took part in Mitzvah Day down under. Sabrina will be using this experience to help coordinate Synagogues, Chederim, Primary schools and other Mitzvah Day groups.

Jacqui Rickman – Bookkeeper

Jacqui@mitzvahday.org.uk + (44) 203 747 9960

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Board of Trustees

Laura Marks OBE – Founder & Chair

Laura@mitzvahday.org.uk

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Laura was a planning director of AMV.BBDO, before deciding to work full time in the Jewish community. She set up Mitzvah Day in 2005, which achieved charitable status in 2008. Elected Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews 2012-2015, Laura went on to become Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2016 and chaired the government’s interfaith project – A Year of Service. Laura is now an advisor to the Muslim-led day of social action, Sadaqa Day and she co-founded the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network, Nisa-Nashim. Laura was awarded an OBE in The New Year’s Honours list for her work building interfaith relationships. 

Lady Daniela Pears – Interfaith Chair 

Daniela@mitzvahday.org.uk

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Daniela qualified as a chartered physiotherapist and returned to her profession once her children had grown, as a volunteer for Jewish Care. Thriving on community engagement Daniela became a trustee and Interfaith Chair in 2010. Daniela was appointed Mayoress of Camden in 2014 as an acknowledgement of her work across the interfaith and social action sector. In 2015 Daniela was recognised by the Prime Minister as a Point of Light, for her work in bringing faith communities together.

Lee Sidney – Vice Chair

Lee@mitzvahday.org.uk

Lee is a civil servant, working as an Assistant Director at HMRC, having joined in 2008 after three years at JLGB, first as Grants Officer and then as Operations Manager. Lee was also a trustee of JLGB, where he remains an active volunteer. He is a graduate of the Adam Science programme and currently sits on its advisory group. He also volunteers for CST and is on UJIA’s Israel Experience Bursary Committee.

Richard Laikin – Treasurer 

Richard is one of New North London Synagogue’s representatives at the Board of Deputies. He works at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) and is a trustee of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), where he is also Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Deputy Chair of the Remuneration Committee. He also sits on a number of other boards, advisory groups and government committees.

Ben Rich – PR & Strategy

Ben is a strategic communications consultant working across the Jewish community with current and former clients including Liberal and Reform Judaism, JCoSS, Council of Christians and Jews, March of the Living, Mitzvah Day, New Israel Fund, JPR and Pears Foundation. He regularly writes for the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News, as well as contributing to The Times and Guardian, and is the creator of the JC Power 100. 

Emma Bondor – Marketing & Advertising

Emma is a former Mitzvah Day participant who joined the board. With a background in broadcast journalism, communications and events, Emma brings more than a decade’s experience from working with senior stakeholders in international current affairs.

Michael Livingston – Governance

Michael is a civil servant and was a board member of JLGB where he led a governance review. His focus is on Mitzvah Day’s governance and ensuring that we maintain best practice.

Judith Falb-Mizrahi – Strategic Development

Judith is a strategic consultant and former CEO of Idea Couture where she specialised in luxury brands and innovation. She has been the coordinator of Mitzvah Day in Mill Hill for many years. Judith works with the senior management team, focusing on our strategy and how we drive Mitzvah Day forwards.

Edwin Shuker – International Development

Edwin is a Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and Vice President of the European Jewish Congress. He is an international activist and public speaker on the Middle East, particularly on the subject of Jews from Arab countries, with specialist knowledge of his native Iraq. Edwin has engaged in and supported numerous projects promoting human rights and freedom in the Middle East.