Ottawa’s Jewish community is set to come together for Mitzvah Day on Sunday February 4. Now in its 12th year, Mitzvah Day is one of the most vital community-building events organized by the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. As many as 500 to 600 people will pack the Soloway Jewish Community Centre (SJCC) that morning with the united intent of doing good deeds. This is the reason we chose to become chairs of this great event.
Growing up in Toronto (Naomi) and Montreal (Jonathan), we were taught the importance of volunteering, and of giving back, as well as tikkun olam – performing acts of kindness with the goal of making the world a better place. Now, as parents of two young children, these are values we wish to pass on. And what better occasion than Mitzvah Day to teach our children? The fun, hands-on activities – surrounded by other community members all doing mitzvot together – 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 a community. [Read more…]