Mitzvah Day Fall 2018

Sunday, October 28

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Come for a day of giving your time, energy, and care as together we enact our commitment to Tikkun Olam, repairing our broken world.

Please Note: Sign up is first-come, first-served and start times vary by project. Those participating in an off-site opportunity will be contacted by their project captain to coordinate a meet-up time and location to travel to the project site together.

Join us at the 11:15am kick-off event where we'll gather as a community to mark this day of sacred work through prayer and song!

Have questions or need to cancel your Mitzvah Day registration? Please contact Rabbi Ilana Schachter.

Off-site Opportunities
On-site Opportunities

Prep food for St. Francis Xavier Soup Kitchen
8:30-11:30am • All Ages (under 14 w/adult)
Location: 55 West 15th Street
Project Captain: Arlene Provder

Kitchen Mitzvahs: Make cookies for Sandwich Saturday bag lunches
9:30-11:00am • age 14+
Project Captains: Julie Marcus & Elyssa Mosbacher

Serve guests at St. Francis Xavier Soup Kitchen
11:30am-3:15pm • age 14+
Location: 55 West 15th Street
Project Captain: Sumie Okazaki

Sandwich Saturday on Sunday: Pack bag lunches for City Harvest to feed hungry NYers
11:45am-1:00pm • age 8+ (under 12 w/adult)
Project Captains: Carol Crossen & Jeff Stolow

Serve food and facilitate a craft project for children at a domestic violence shelter
1:00-4:00pm • age 16+
Location: Freedom House (UES below 115th St), Transportation to site will be provided
Project Captain: Ellen Sherman

Sanctuary Stitchers: Knit or crochet a patch to make blankets for kids experiencing illness or trauma
11:30am-1:30pm • age 10+ (under 14 w/adult)
Project Captains: Joanne Jahr & Ethel Donner

Beautify our neighborhood park
12:00-2:30pm • age 7+ (under 14 w/adult)
Location: John Jay Park, 77th St & York Ave
Project Captain: Rich Birnbaum

Thanksgiving Centerpiece-Making: Decorate the Table for DOROT's Thanksgiving Banquet
11:30am-12:30pm • age 3+ (under 10 w/adult)
Project Captain: TBD

Serve lunch at the Neighborhood Coalition for Shelter
12:30-2:30pm • age 14+ (under 18 w/adult)
Location: 211 East 81st Street
Project Captain: Jill Hunter

Backpack Buddies: Pack backpacks with meals and snacks for children in need
2:00-3:30pm • age 11+
Project Captains: Carol Crossen

Serve Sunday Supper for Seniors at Stanley Isaacs Neighborhood Center
2:30-5:00pm • age 10+ (under 14 with adult)
Location: 415 East 93rd Street
Project Captain: TBD

Assemble Art Therapy Kits for children who have suffered a loss or trauma
2:30-4:00pm • age 8+ (under 12 w/adult)
Project Captain: TBD


Young Families craft activity: Decorating Placemats for Stanley Isaacs Center
2:30-4:00pm • age 2+ w/adult
Project Captain: Allison Dwork and Alexandra Berkley


Make Baby Gifts for First-time Moms: Decorate onesies, bibs, and t-shirts
2:00-3:30pm • age 7+ (under 12 w/adult)
Project Captain: Marlene Nadel

More Mitzvot...

Coat DriveOctober 28-November 16
We are kicking off our congregational Coat Drive this Mitzvah Day, collecting used coats in good condition (children and adult sizes) to benefit The Sharing Place Thrift Store. The Sharing Place is an extension of LSA Family and Health Service, a nonprofit that provides food pantry, health, education, and family support services to families in crisis in East Harlem and surrounding communities. Coats should be placed in the bins near the elevator in the lobby.

Backpack Buddies Bake Salethroughout Mitzvah Day in the lobby
All proceeds benefit our Backpack Buddies program which provides backpacks filled with meals and nutritious snacks directly to children in our neighborhood. Show up with your sweet tooth!

Community service credit is available to students.

QUESTIONS: Email Faith Silberstein at [email protected]

Date and Time: 
Sunday, October 28, 2018 (All day)