We are very excited and honoured to be chairing Mitzvah Day 2014.
On Sunday, February 9, the Jewish Federation of Ottawa will be hosting our community’s eighth annual Mitzvah Day, a day in which members of the Jewish community come together and donate our time and energy to giving back, one good deed at a time.
It is a wonderful way to unite the community in the spirit of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and to teach our children how to give back. Mitzvah Day is not necessarily about raising money for charity, but rather about becoming involved in a personal way, each of us with our own two hands, to help those in need.
We immediately said yes when we were asked to chair Mitzvah Day because we felt that it was both an excellent way to give back to the community and a terrific way to teach our two children, Jacob and Michael, about what it means to help those in need. We have volunteered both inside and outside the community for many years, but Mitzvah Day is different. It is a hands-on way of helping that is fun, meaningful and rewarding for the whole family.
Just a few of the wonderful mitzvot this year include:
• Donating ponytails to Locks of Love, an organization that provides hair pieces for children with medical hair loss;
• Writing letters of support and encouragement to Lone Soldiers, the soldiers from other countries serving in the Israel Defense Forces;
• Making sandwiches for the Ottawa Mission and Shepherds of Good Hope;
• A used hockey equipment donation drive for the Canada Israel Hockey School, a terrific bridge-building program for Jewish, Muslim, Christian and Druze boys and girls;
• The exciting Extreme Football Challenge in which teams play in a tournament and raise money for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association of Canada, a cause that is near and dear to the hearts of our family.
There are many more mitzvot to choose from. Indeed, there is something for everyone and for all age groups.
We would like to thank all of our committee members, as well as Ariel Fainer and the staff of the Federation for all of their hard work in making sure that Mitzvah Day 2014 will be a great event.
We hope the entire community will come out and lend a hand. We look forward to seeing everyone there.
For more information about Mitzvah Day, or to volunteer, contact Ariel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 613-798-4696, ext. 241. Or register online at www.mitzvahdayottawa.com.