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DAVID MITCHELL and An­gus Deay­ton are bring­ing comic re­lief to Mitz­vah Day, the na­tion­wide good deed pro­gramme on Novem­ber 15. Mitchell and Deay­ton will be judg­ing com­pe­ti­tions for the best projects on the day, which is ex­pected to at­tract 15,000 vol­un­teers.

Mitchell said that “time can be a much more gen­er­ous gift than money. Just ask some­one rich, busy and old which they value most.”

Mitz­vah Day co­in­cides with the start of the UK’s first Na­tional In­ter­faith Week and or­gan­is­ers have been drum­ming up projects in­volv­ing other faiths. In Manch­ester, for ex­am­ple, Habonim Dror mem­bers will work with Mus­lim youth groups on an arts and crafts ini­tia­tive. Talks are also be­ing held with Angli­can, Catholic and Hindu groups about po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Event founder and di­rec­tor Laura Marks said the point of Mitz­vah Day was Jews “show­ing their com­mit­ment to play­ing a full role in the com­mu­nity.

“Where prac­ti­cal, there­fore, we are urg­ing our part­ners to work with oth­ers so that all faith com­mu­ni­ties can come to­gether with a com­mon goal.”

Judg­ing role: David Mitchell

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