Boris backs MItzvah Day
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-11-13
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London Mayor Boris Johnson has given his backing to the Jewish community's annual Mitzvah Day, which is due to take place on November 18.
The event, which is now in its seventh year, is expected to attract around 25,0000 volunteers from all faiths, who will take part in various activities to help comunities across the UK.
And the Mayor offered his congratulations to those who are involved, saying he was a 'keen supporter' of the day.
“Your wonderful commitment and generosity really makes a huge difference to the communities that we live in," Johnson said. "l also commend Mitzvah Day on your involvement in a 'A Year of Service' which provides such an important opportunity for people of all faiths to get involved in wider activity."
He added: "On the back of the fantastic summer that we've seen it’s more important than ever that we have high quality, impactful opportunities, such as these, that make a difference to our capital. I would encourage Londoners to get involved and make this Mitzvah Day an even bigger success."
A number of senior politicians, celebrities and religious leaders will also be involved in this year's event, which is expected to attract up to 25,000 volunteers taking part in 800 projects and initiatives.
These will include members of Moishe House London and Brondesbury Park shul preparing lunch for local homeless people at Cricklewood Mosque, members of Westminster Synagogue joining forces with the local Bahai community to help the St Mungo's Well Being Project, and the members of synagogues in Radlett joining Churches Together and Bhaktivedanta Manor to tackle the overgrown field at nearby Scrubbits Wood.