Sunday, January 26,
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
This annual event is a community outreach effort coordinated by the Tikkun Olam Team at Congregation Beth David in conjunction with the local Saratoga community and non-profit organizations. The day provides an opportunity to come together and do something meaningful.
Mitzvah Day kicks off with Minyan at 9:00am followed by a welcome by Rabbi Alpert at 9:30am. Then volunteers will go to their various assignments around the synagogue and the community – cooking meals, cleaning parks and trails, making blankets for homebound people, assembling bags of supplies for those experiencing homelessness, and more.
All are welcome to join other members of our community and participate in various social action projects for our annual Mitzvah Day. Whatever your interest, there is some group or someone special that could use a couple hours of your time.
Here are some of the activities available:
1. Building Personal Hygiene Kits for homeless individuals – Bonnie Slavitt
2. Creating Flash Cards for children served by Sacred Heart Community Service – Sam Kendrick Saunders
3. Assembling Blessing Bags for CBD members to hand out to homeless and people in need – Ria Friedman
4. Creating gift bags for children visiting incarcerated parents through Friends Outside. (We also want to ask people to donate gray sweatshirts and sweatpants since they are needed for visits) – Andrea Linder
5. Creating flannel blankets for home-bound and homeless people – Bob Bankirer
8. Heart to heart: writing letters and creating art for American and Israeli soldiers – Dorene Kastelman & Judy Holtzman
9. Clean a creek or park with South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition – Lori Kahn
10. Bicycle repairs and asking for bicycle donations for Community Cycles of California – Arye Green