THE annual Mitzvah takes place this Sunday, offering community members the opportunity to do a good deed for those in need.
It’s also a great opportunity to reconnect as we come out of months of confinement.
This special day brings together the Jewish communities of Australia in all their diversity.
In fact, around the world, more than 40,000 people in 24 countries participate each year.
To get involved, organizations, informal groups or individuals must first decide on an activity they will carry out or a charity they will help. It could be a ‘cookathon’ or ‘collectathon’, a cleanup of a local park or beach, or maybe just baking a cake or writing a card to put a smile on your face. someone who could use one.
Past Mitzvah Days projects have focused on poverty reduction, environmental relief, support for victims of abuse and joy through volunteering.
Due to the hardships of the community, several organizations are requesting basic items including food, toiletries, diapers and gift sets.
A number of organizations have indicated that they would appreciate practical assistance.
In Melbourne, these are C-Care, Community Info and Support Glen Eira, Community Blood Drive, Igniting Change, Impact, Mazon Australia, Port Phillip Community Group, Socks4Support, Souper Kitchen and St Kilda Mums.
In Sydney, for example, B’nai B’rith NSW will host a mitzvah party, with teens from the B’nai B’rith youth organization cooking for Our Big Kitchen. Emanuel Synagogue will be making latke gift bags for Hanukkah.
In Perth, among many common activities, students at Carmel Primary School will organize a stationery drive for Give Write, which distributes stationery to underprivileged children for the start of the school year.
This is just a small sample of the mitzvahs scheduled for November 21.
The past two years have seen many of us – and many of our fellow citizens – do things hard.
Lending a helping hand is what binds us together as a community, especially in these difficult times.
Be sure to check out the website, mitzvahday.org.au, to see how you can get involved.
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