What they said

“Mitzvah Day has become a great British tradition. I was delighted and not at all surprised to see all the inspirational Mitzvah Day volunteers rise to the challenge of COVID – not just maintaining this fantastic Jewish-led day of good deeds, but going further and creating an entire month of mitzvahs!”

Prime Minster Boris Johnson

“I want to pay tribute to the incredible work being done by Mitzvah Day to encourage us all to give our time to help others. This day is a wonderful opportunity to see people of different faiths working together to enrich their local communities.”

Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer

“Mitzvah Day is an excellent example of how Jewish values are harnessed for the benefit of all communities. Whether it be providing food to those who need it or reaching out to those experiencing social isolation and loneliness, all these acts of kindness, no matter how small, are significant and will be appreciated.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

“I would like to congratulate Mitzvah Day for encouraging us all to do more for those who are seriously affected by the pandemic – both on Mitzvah Day itself and indeed throughout the whole year.”

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

“Mitzvah Day shows the very best of our Judaism in action – as we unite with those of all faiths and none to do something for those who need it most. Mitzvah Day has become such an important of our calendar that it’s hard to remember a time when it didn’t exist.”

Liberal Judaism Chief Executive Officer Rabbi Charley Baginsky

“Mitzvah Day has become a powerful movement for change, harnessing the enthusiasm of thousands of people who want to give their time to make a difference in their communities.”

Former Prime Minister David Cameron

“The small acts of kindness we see on Mitzvah Day add up to make a big difference in our communities. Mitzvah Day is another example of the profoundly positive contribution London’s Jewish community makes to our city.”

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

“As a Muslim, it was an honour and such a pleasure to work side by side with my Jewish brothers and sisters on Mitzvah Day, working towards one goal. New friends were made and thus new bridges created between our very similar worlds and faiths.”

Onjali Rauf Founder and director of the women’s rights charity Making Herstory

“Mitzvah Day is an impressive example of how barriers between faith communities can be overcome through good will and social action.”

Stephen Timms Chair of the APPG on Faith and Society

Last year a wonderful thing happened to us here at Dashwood House. We received a massive food bank donation arranged by Mitzvah Day. We are a hostel for vulnerable young women near Notting Hill Gate. The donation helped keep many of our clients safe. It may have saved a life. But certainly, just knowing that someone cares can make a difference.”

Jonathan Dashwood House

“Philanthropy and support for the wider community have always been core Jewish values, as has our commitment to social action. Mitzvah Day is a wonderful expression of these values as well as an expression of our duties as European citizens.”

Dr Moshe Kantor President of the European Jewish Congress