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Community Wide Mitzvah Weekend–Help Repair the World

Posted by challahbackgirl on January 1, 2009

As they did last year, the recently renamed OFJCC is celebrating MLK day with a community wide day of doing good, a Mitzvah Day. I encourage anyone with the day off to participate. There’s lots of projects (Descriptions) to chose from, but be sure to register (Sunday Projects Monday Projects) in advance, as some activities have a limit on the number of people who can participate. Lots of the Palo Alto area Jewish community organizations are involved. Why on Martin Luther King Jr. day? Besides it being a day off from work for some, it’s continuing in his vision. As the website for the event quotes,

“Everybody Can Be Great, Because Anybody Can Serve” Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A community is too heavy for anyone to carry alone.” Based on Deuteronomy 1:9

This year there will projects on both Sunday and Monday (MLK day), January 18 and 19. They are also having events all weekend. You can also check out the event on Facebook.

Kol Emeth Young Adults will be participating in a couple of the projects and invite fellow young adults to join them.

Mitzvah Day Event
January 18, 2009
As part of a community-wide program, Kol Emeth Young Adults will be doing their share for Mitzvah Day with a multi-faceted event. We will join Kol Emeth and the JCC in a blood drive and a sandwich-making event for a homeless shelter. Feel free to participate in both events or just one — we understand if you’re a bit squeamish! More details to come in January, but mark your calendars now.

Here’s some details from the event website:

Open to all ages!
Featuring projects for individuals & families!
Over 20 service projects to choose from, including: a blood drive; crafts for hospitalized children; cooking & serving meals at shelters; Habitat for Humanity; habitat restorations & tree planting; care-packages for soldiers; visits with Seniors; AND MUCH MORE!!! Details and full project descriptions online.
**New This Year**: Projects on Sunday (1/18) & Monday (1/19), plus other community special events all weekend!
Come on your own or with your family and friends! We look forward to working with you to promote Dr. King’s legacy of tolerance, peace, and equality and increase our community’s commitment to service & justice. This fun and inspirational day will leave you feeling accomplished and energized!

Pre-registration is required and space is limited in each service project.

Weekend Schedule of Events
Mitzvah Day 2009:
Project Descriptions
Registration: Sunday Projects Monday Projects
Read about Last Year’s Mitzvah Day
For more information, contact Jane Rachel Schonbrun, jschonbrun@paloaltojcc.org or 650-852-3502.
Co-sponsored by BBYO, Congregation Beth Am, Congregation  Beth Jacob. Congregation Emek Beracha, Congregation Etz Chayim, Congregation Kol Emeth, The Friendship Circle, Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, Hadassah (Sequoia Chapter), Hillel at Stanford, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Keddem Congregation, Kehillah Jewish High School.
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