Dan Rickman – Executive Director
Dan@mitzvahday.org.uk + 020 3747 9962
Dan is responsible for Mitzvah Day as a whole. He has an overview on all the office’s work and supports the team to deliver amazing Mitzvah Day projects in November and year round.
Charlotte Agran – Interfaith Coordinator
Charlotte@mitzvahday.org.uk + 020 3747 9961
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.
Jacob Forman – Project Coordinator
Jacob@mitzvahday.org.uk + 020 3747 9964
Mitzvah Day every November is an immense and international undertaking, and Jacob 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 + 020 3747 9960
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 + 020 3747 9960
Gabriel works part-time for Mitzvah Day as our Engagement co-ordinator. He is responsible for our database and website.
Natalie Bernstein – Northern Fieldworker
Natalie combines her work with Mitzvah Day with being a field worker for Habonim Dror. Natalie can help with all aspects of Mitzvah Day projects in the north of England!
Sabrina Pears – Project Co-ordinator
Sabrina@mitzvahday.org.uk + 0203 747 9963
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 + 020 3747 9960
Board of Trustees
Laura Marks OBE – Founder & Chair Laura@mitzvahday.org.uk
Laura was a planning director of the country’s largest ad agency AMV.BBDO building strong brands for her clients, before deciding to work full time in the Jewish community.
Laura was elected Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews in 2012 and held the position until May 2015.
Laura set up Mitzvah Day in 2005 and it became a charity in 2008.
Laura chaired the government’s inter faith project – A Year of Service and is now Advisor to the new Sedaqa Day, the Muslim’s own Mitzvah Day.
Laura was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years’ Honours list for her work building inter faith relationships.
Lady Daniela Pears – Interfaith Chair Daniela@mitzvahday.org.uk
Daniela qualified as a chartered physiotherapist and returned to her profession once her children had grown, as a volunteer for Jewish Care. Frequently taking her 3 children to visit the elderly She says ‘social action’ is in her blood. Daniela soon got involved with Mitzvah Day as a coordinator for South Hampstead Synagogue.
Thriving on community engagement Daniela became a trustee and Interfaith chair in 2010. Always keen to meet people of other faiths Daniela felt engaging in Mitzvah Day (and now MitzvahvDay 365) was a brilliant way to befriend and break down social barriers enabling neighbours to learn how they can support local charities together.
2014-15 Daniela was appointed Mayoress of Camden as an acknowledgement of her work across the inter faith and social action sector.
Lee Sidney – Finance & Strategy Lee@mitzvahday.org.uk
Lee is a Civil Servant and works in HMRC as a technical lead investigator in their Counter-Avoidance directorate. He joined in 2008 after 3 years at JLGB, first as Grants Officer and then Operations Manager. He is from Edgware and a member of Edgware United where he served on the Board of Management until recently. As well as Mitzvah Day, he also a trustee of JLGB where he chairs the risk management committee and sits on the fundraising committee. He is still an active volunteer with JLGB, which he joined as an 11 year-old in 1992 and continued throughout his teens before becoming an adult leader. He has held several national positions and am now responsible for their adult leadership training programme. He is a graduate of the Adam Science programme and currently on its advisory group. He volunteers for CST and is on UJIA’s Israel Experience bursary committee.
Richard Laikin – Treasurer
Richard is a member of New North London Synagogue, where he is one of the shul’s representatives at the Board of Deputies, and also involved in a number of our social action initiatives. At the Board, he is a member of the Constitution Committee and of the Social Action Management Team.
In his professional life, he works at Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC), where he focuses on clients in the energy and utilities sector and is a sector leader for the water industry. He 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 in the sector.
Ben Rich – PR & Strategy
Ben Rich, 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 amongst others. Regular writer for the Jewish Chronicle and Jewish News as well as contributor to The Times and Guardian and creator of the JC Power 100. Successor to Shoshana as Chief Executive of the Movement for Reform Judaism. Previously 15 years as Director of leading independent Public Relations Company Luther Pendragon and prior to that Deputy Policy Director of the Liberal Democrats (which used to be a political party).
Emma Bondor – Marketing & Advertising
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 and is now looking to move into corporate communications.
Michael Livingston – Governence
Michael is a civil servant and was a board member of JLGB where he led a governance review. He is going to be focussing on our governance and ensuring that we become exemplars of best practice.
Judy Falb-Mizrahi – Strategic Development
Judith is strategic consultant and former CEO of Idea Couture where she specialised in luxury brands and innovation. She has been the coordinator of Mitzvah Day Mill Hill for many years, a great role model event in many ways. Judith is going to be working with the senior management team particularly on our strategy and how we drive Mitzvah Day forwards.
Edwin Shuker – International Development