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Sunday, November 3 Stephen S. Wise Temple Campus
A Message from Rabbi Ron Stern This year we invite you to our 18th Mitzvah Day. As one of the first temples in the LA area to engage our entire synagogue in a day of hands-on projects for the good of others, we are proud to keep the momentum going for so many years. Come to the temple to participate in a Mitzvah Day project and get to know more about organizations doing good in our community. Perhaps your hour or so on Mitzvah Day will translate into a year of service for a worthy agency in our community. On Mitzvah day this year we are also holding a Mentorship Fair as we seek to recruit 50 new mentors for the Temple’s 50th anniversary. So many Temple members are already giving of their skills and times as mentors for well-deserving young people. Among the many offerings are the possibilities to advocate for special needs children in LAUSD, support a college bound High School student from an underserved school or become a “Big” brother or sister to a child from a single parent home. We’ll have representatives from many organizations that train and place mentors for children who stand to gain from the incredible human resources in our Jewish community. Interested in changing the agenda in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.? Yes we can! Find out about the political advocacy of Reform CA and the Religious Action Center and ways that you can participate. It will be another great day at Temple and we are excited to have you join us!
Community Mitzvah Day Celebration & Pancake Breakfast – 8:45 a.m.
Join us in the circle this year for our annual Temple Board of Directors sponsored Pancake Breakfast. This year’s opening will be even bigger and better with our very own students leading us in prayer, song and celebrations for our 18th Mitzvah Day. What an amazing way to start a year full of mitzvot!
Become a Mitzvah Day Sponsor! Mitzvah Day is a community-sponsored day and we need your help to make it a success! Become a Mitzvah Day Sponsor and have your family’s name featured at Opening Ceremonies or sponsor a specific project close to your heart. You may donate online through the Mitzvah Day website here or in person at the Social Justice office at the Temple. Any amount you can donate helps make it truly a day of mitzvot!
In Honor of our Jubilee - 50 Mentors for 50 years Why not make Mitzvah Day the first day to a year (or more!) of doing good for those who are less fortunate in our community. In honor of our Jubilee, our goal this year is to attract 50 new Mentors and/or Advocates to join us in our Social Justice Partner Program work. Join us for a very special presentation to find out how you can get involved in one of our Partner Programs, including: -Freedom School -Fulfillment Fund -Jewish World Watch -Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles -Public Counsel -Koreh LA -Operation MEND -KIND -Change Fire
Register for Mitzvah Day Projects – beginning at 10 a.m.
Mitzvah Day Projects will take place on campus and throughout the city of L.A. Some projects are sponsored specifically by certain School groups and/or grade levels, so please read project descriptions carefully before registering! We encourage you to participate with family and friends on Mitzvah Day so that doing mitzvot is a day of doing good for others while building relationships within our own community. To view a complete list of projects and register, visit www.WiseLA.org/MitzvahDay. Our exciting day includes projects supporting, but not limited to, the following organizations:
Guide Dogs of America
Calling for all Gently Used Items! Mitzvah Day is the best excuse to scrape the dust off those shelves and clean out spaces where you may have items to donate. Clothing, toys, towels, bedding and more will all be collected and sorted on campus during Mitzvah Day between 9 a.m. and Noon in ZeldinHershenson Hall. Items will be donated to local shelters and inner-city schools. Please make sure to separate and label your donation bags! For a complete list of items being accepted, visit www.WiseLA.org/MitzvahDay.
Mitzvah Day T-Shirts Show your community spirit by wearing a Mitzvah Day t-shirt on Mitzvah Day! T-shirts can be purchased online here, in person during carpool, or on Mitzvah Day at the Information booth. Proceeds from purchases go directly towards offsetting the costs of the day.
Project Confirmations After registering, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with the project description, location, and time approximately one week prior to Mitzvah day.
QUESTIONS? For any questions related to projects, registration, sponsorships, or other Mitzvah Day information, please contact Jennifer Smith at 310.889.2265 or e-mail JSmith@WiseLA.org.
Mitzvah Day is sponsored by the WPA Social Action Committee and Temple Social Justice Committee of Stephen S. Wise Temple in conjunction with the Jewish Federation Valley Alliance.