Day of helping others backed by country’s leaders

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Boris Johnson, and Tony Blair have all thrown their weight behind this year’s Mitzvah Day.

More than 25,000 volunteers from over 200 synagogues, charities, schools, Jewish and other faith organisations are expected to take part in events in practically every major town and city across Britain on Sunday (November 21).

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said: “The Jewish community should be proud of what they achieve each Mitzvah Day.

“I am also proud that increasing numbers of Anglican groups are joining our Jewish friends, both to build bridges and to make a difference to those in our community who, from time to time, need a helping hand.”

This year as a specific Ham&High project, we are calling on residents and other community figures to join us visiting every elderly people’s home in the areas we cover from Hornsey and Crouch End, Hampstead, Golders Green and Camden Town to Maida Vale and Marylebone.

There are plenty of other community events to take part in on the day as well – for more information go to