Cameron and Stur­geon hail vol­un­teer army

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY -

DAVID CAMERON has given a ring­ing en­dorse­ment to Mitz­vah Day, hail­ing it as “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.

“It is re­mark­able that, this year, over 37,000 vol­un­teers will sup­port hun­dreds of causes, from trans­form­ing lo­cal com­mu­nity spa­ces to sup­port­ing el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple. Ev­ery­one tak­ing part should be in­cred­i­bly proud of what they will achieve.”

In Scot­land, First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon praised Mitz­vah Day as “an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how peo­ple from all walks of life come to­gether and show how easy it is to put Jewish val­ues into ac­tion for the ben­e­fit of all com­mu­ni­ties.

“In the past few months, we have wit­nessed Scot­land’s faith and be­lief com­mu­ni­ties work­ing to­gether as one voice to show their sup­port for Scot- land’s re­sponse on the refugee cri­sis. Com­mit­ment to work to­gether on com­mon con­cerns really shows the vi­tal role Scot­land’s faith and be­lief com­mu­ni­ties play in civil so­ci­ety.”

More than 150 UK char­i­ties will ben­e­fit from ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing Sun­day’s day of good deeds. Ad­vance ac­tiv­i­ties have been tak­ing place at schools and busi­nesses.

Lib­eral Ju­daism also got in early, with vol­un­teers help­ing a church near its cen­tral Lon­don HQ to pre­pare lunch for 70 home­less peo­ple. Then LJY-Net­zer youth move­ment work­ers cleaned up the herb gar­den and cleared bags of leaves. It is hoped that Lib­eral Ju­daism staff will now help out at the church on a more reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Labour MPs Sadiq Khan, Keir Starmer, Tulip Sid­diq and Lu­ciana Berger, Con­ser­va­tive peer Baroness Wil­liams of Traf­ford and Lib­eral Demo­crat Lord Ver­jee are among politi­cians due to take part in Mitz­vah Day events. Start­ing young: Leor Tay­lor was among ba­bies brought in to meet Heath­lands Vil­lage res­i­dents in Manch­ester by the “Mitz­vah Mum­mies”

Lib­eral Ju­daism vol­un­teers tidy a church gar­den

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