From the JN Staff
Jewish Community Relations Council/AJC (JCRC/AJC) will host its 22nd annual Mitzvah Day this Christmas Day at nonprofit organizations throughout Metropolitan Detroit. The daylong event is held in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
On Tuesday, Dec. 25, nearly 1,000 volunteers of all ages will visit a growing list of nearly 40 locations to work shifts beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. and ending as late as 6:30 p.m. Activities available at these social service projects will range from meal and toy delivery to visiting with older adults and cleaning out storage closets.
Volunteers have several weeks to pre-register for a specific site, such as Detroit Rescue Mission, Mariners Inn and Cass Community Social Services, as well as the VA Hospital, Michigan Humane Society, Jewish Community Center and Sanctum House, which are all new to Mitzvah Day this year.
Mitzvah Day, the single largest day of volunteering by Detroit’s Jewish community, was founded in 1996 by JCRC to fill staff shortages or to allow organizations to reduce staffing on Christmas Day. It has grown exponentially since then and now includes several interfaith sites coordinated in partnership with the Michigan Muslim Community Council.
“This year, giving to others will take on a special meaning to many of our volunteers, given recent events. Members of our community are eager to reciprocate the good deeds we experienced following the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh,” said JCRC/AJC Executive Director David Kurzmann.
The 2018 co-chairs are JCRC/AJC Board Members Micki Grossman, Milt Neuman, Illana Stern and Ellen Yashinsky Chute.
Site registration is available through Dec. 20 at www.mitzvahdaydetroit2018.eventbrite.com. Volunteers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Naomi Levine at (248) 642-2656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.