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Mayor leads Mitzvah Day opening in true Jewish tradition

PUBLISHED: 14:00 24 October 2013

Mayor of Camden Cllr Jonathan Simpson, joins staff and volunteers with the new mezuzah at the Mitzvah Day office at JW3. From left Sally Style, Daniela Pears, Cllr Simpson, Laura Marks, Atalia Cadranel, Sophie Clarke and Michelle Bauernfreund. Picture: Polly Hancock

Mayor of Camden Cllr Jonathan Simpson, joins staff and volunteers with the new mezuzah at the Mitzvah Day office at JW3. From left Sally Style, Daniela Pears, Cllr Simpson, Laura Marks, Atalia Cadranel, Sophie Clarke and Michelle Bauernfreund. Picture: Polly Hancock

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The Mayor of Camden joined charity workers and volunteers to mark the official launch of social action charity Mitzvah Day.

Cllr Jonathan Simpson fixed a mezuzah – prayer – on the door to the organisation’s new offices at the JW3 centre in Finchley Road, “to protect all those who would be working there”.

He spoke last Thursday of his appreciation of having the charity in the borough.

Formed in 2005 and previously based in West Hampstead, Mitzvah Day focuses on a Jewish day of giving that encourages people to donate their time, rather than money, to community projects on one day each year – this year on Sunday, November 17.

Hundreds of social action initiatives are organised.

Atalia Cadranel, a staff member at the charity, described the opening as a “small but meaningful event”.

“We’re so excited to be part of the JW3 venture – the new postcode for Jewish life across London,” she said.

“We were welcomed with open arms here as it operates on the same kind of values, sense of community and commitment to social action as we do.”

More information can be found on www.mitzvahday.org.uk.


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