Essex communities welcome new Mitzvah Day CEO

STUART Diamond’s appointment as the new CEO of Mitzvah Day has been welcomed by the social action charity’s coordinators and volunteers across Essex.

A former director of the Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (Cape SAJBD) and a graduate of the Schusterman Leadership Program, Stuart immigrated to the UK from South Africa with his family in July 2021.

Mitzvah Day has become firmly established as the UK’s largest faith-led day of social action with 25,000 volunteers of all faiths and backgrounds across Britain doing good deeds every year. A further 15,000 get involved in more than 30 other countries around the globe.

Stuart is no stranger to the day, having participated in numerous projects both in a personal capacity with his family and in his professional capacity at the Cape SAJBD.

He said: “Service to community is my calling and tikkun olam and interfaith work are close to my heart.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the UK’s – and possibly the world’s – largest faith-led day of social action and I am ready for the challenges and the opportunities that I see ahead of us.”

Stuart met with community leaders at an event in June hosted by the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC). Nick Young, of East & London and Essex Liberal Synagogue said: “Stuart is very approachable and keen to build on the fabulous work Mitzvah Day has done over the last few years. We all look forward to working with him and coming up with some interesting new ideas.”

This year’s Mitzvah Day takes place on and around Sunday 20 November 2022. To find out more, please visit

Mitzvah Day Chair Laura Marks OBE with new CEO Stuart Diamond



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