On Sunday, February 3, the Ottawa Jewish community will come together for the 13th Mitzvah Day. This annual event brings together 500 members of the Jewish community to perform good deeds.
We are proud to be co-chairs of this meaningful event, which benefits both our Jewish community and the broader Ottawa community. We were taught the importance of volunteering and have strived to volunteer with Jewish and non-Jewish organizations in all the cities we have lived in, from Toronto to Montreal and now Ottawa. We agreed to co-chair this event for a second year because it allows us to teach our children about Tikkun Olam – performing acts of kindness with the goal of making the world a better place.
This year the Mitzvah Day Committee has added 10 new activities, including exploring the mitzvot of helping the sick and hungry, passing on Jewish traditions, and Jewish learning. The day will start with VIP guests racing to braid challahs, which will later be donated to the Ottawa Kosher Food Bank. Other fun, hands-on activities will provide the perfect opportunity for us all to highlight to our children the impact a person can make as an individual and as part of community. [Read more…]