Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah Day

2019 Spring Mitzvah Day

Come for a day of giving your time, energy, and care as together we enact our commitment to tikkun olam, repairing our broken world – 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!

Please Note:

  • Sign up is first-come, first-served.
  • Start times and available spots vary by project.
  • After you complete the sign up form, your project spots are confirmed – please ensure that you don’t sign up for projects with conflicting times.
  • 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.
  • Have questions or need to cancel your Mitzvah Day registration? Please contact Rabbi Ilana Schachter.
Learn more about our off-site and @TST volunteer opportunities below, then…

Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 1

Mitzvah Day 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 Captains: Arlene Provder


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


    Pizza and crafts with students from LSA Family Health Service’s early childhood program
    12:30-2:00pm • age 8+ (under 14 w/adult)
    Location: 333 East 115th Street
    Project Captain: June Moinester


    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


    Serve food and facilitate a craft project for children at Freedom House, a domestic violence shelter
    1:00-4:00pm • age 16+
    Location: Freedom House (UES below 115th St)
    Project Captains: Ellen Sherman & Becky Kipnis
    Address provided after volunteer signs Freedom House confidentiality agreement for their client’s protection.


    Beautify our neighborhood park
    1:00-4:00pm • age 8+ (under 14 w/adult)
    Location: John Jay Park, 77th St & York Ave
    Project Captains: Rich Birnbaum & JoDi Weiss

  • Kitchen Mitzvahs: Make cookies for Sandwich Saturday bag lunches
    9:30-11:30am • age 14+
    Project Captain: Julie Marcus


    Mitzvah Projects Young Families 
    11:30am-1:00pm • age 2+ w/adult
    Project Captains: Allison Dwork & Alexandra Berkley


    Sandwich Saturday on Sunday: Pack bag lunches for City Harvest to feed hungry NYers
    11:30am-1:00pm • age 8+ (under 14 w/adult)
    Project Captains: Carol Crossen & Jeff Stolow
    Each volunteer is asked to bring three loaves of sliced whole wheat or multigrain bread and 18 pieces of fruit (no bananas please).


    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


    Make Baby Gifts for At-Risk First Time Moms
    1:30-3:00pm • age 7+ (under 12 w/adult)
    Project Captain: Marlene Nadel


    Backpack Buddies: Pack backpacks with meals and snacks for children in need
    2:00-3:30pm • age 8+ (under 12 w/adult)
    Project Captains: Carol Crossen


    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: Laura Wechsler

  • 2019 Spring Mitzvah Day Waiver Form »

    Required for ALL participants

    Freedom House Confidentiality Agreement »

    Required for Freedom House project participants

    Please download, print, and return your completed form(s) to Rabbi Ilana Schachter at rabbiischachter@tstnyc.org OR hand them in to your project captain on Mitzvah Day.