Michigan Jews, Muslims continue volunteer alliance
DETROIT (AP) – The Detroit area’s Jewish community is continuing a tradition of working with Muslims to serve their Christian neighbors while they celebrate Christmas.
About 125 Muslims are expected to join about 800 Jewish volunteers Sunday for Mitzvah Day, the single largest day of volunteering by the Jewish community. It’s the third year for the team-up between Jews and Muslims.
The volunteers will be helping 40 Detroit-area social service agencies at sites throughout the day.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit has sponsored Mitzvah Day for more than 20 years. This will be the third year that Muslims have joined the effort.
Mitzvah means “commandment” in Hebrew and is generally translated as a good deed.