Each year, in partnership with Temple Beth Am of Framingham, our school community participates in Mitzvah Day. Mitzvah Day is underwritten through generous grants from the MutualOne Bank and CJP’s Metrowest Jewish Community Fund. Families choose from social service projects and activities.
We are pleased to present Mitzvah Day 2014 on Sunday, May 18.
Please come participate in as many or as few activites as you would like between 8:30 and noon!
8:30 am: Dairy Breakfast sponsored by the TBA Sisterhood
9:10 am: Ruach Rally in the TBA Sanctuary
9:30 – Noon: Stations throughout the TBA/MWJDS Building
12:00 pm: Lag B’Omer Picnic on the TBA/MWJDS grounds. Bring your own dairy/pareve lunch and a picnic blanket!
Mitzvah Day projects require your energy and enthusiasm. They also cost money to implement. This year we are asking each family to pay $15 to participate. Your money will be collected at the regstration table on Mitzvah Day. Your contribution will help buy the necessary supplies for each project. Thank you!
Please register for Mitzvah Day 2014. Descriptions of each activity may be found below.
Clean-Up/Flag Placement at the Jewish Cemetery in Natick (weather permitting): Meet at TBA/MWJDS for breakfast and a ruach rally and then head over to the Framingham-Natick Hebrew Cemetery, 16 Windsor Avenue, Natick. Bring rakes, trash bags, work clothes and work gloves to clean up and place flags at the graves of Jewish veterans.
TBA/MWJDS School Beautification (weather permitting): Join us as we beautify the TBA/MWJDS grounds. We will be cleaning up the grounds around the building and parking lot, planting flowers, weeding, and working on other small projects. Please bring your own gardening tools, rakes, and gloves.
Metrowest Medical Center will be hosting a blood drive from 8:30 – 12:30
Create First Aid Kits for local children attending The Boys and Girls Club of Metrowest:
Create individual first aid kits for local kids. Decorate bags and fill them with supplies. Finish with get well cards for packages that would help anybody’s boo-boos. (Friedman Hall)
The mission of Rachel’s Table is to distribute donated and specially purchased foods, without charge, to agencies feeding hungry families and individuals in this region of Massachusetts and to reduce the waste of nourishing food. The Children’s Milk Fund purchases milk for needy children in our community.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network is an organization that unites the religious community in an effort to serve and nurture homeless families regardless of income and family structure. Twenty-six congregations, many with assistance from additional congregations, provide meals, shelter and hospitality. Families receive case management, assistance with housing and employment search, accessing support services and advocacy at the IHN day center. Greater Worcester’s IHN has helped 295 families, with a total of 862 individuals, since its formation in 1997.
Red Cross Disaster Relief focuses on meeting people’s immediate emergency needs caused by disaster. When disaster threatens or strikes, the Red Cross provides shelter, food, and health and emotional health service to address basic human needs and ssist individuals and families in resuming their normal daily activities independently.
Healthy Snack Bags for Grafton Food Bank and “A Place to Turn”: (Social Hall)
Summer is coming and kids need healthy snacks. Help decorate and fill summer snack bags for those in need at the Grafton Food Bank and A Place To Turn.
Bookmarks for Local Libraries (Library): Share the joy of reading by creating beautiful bookmarks to be distributed through local libraries.
Literacy Kits for Children (Library): Many of today’s families do not have the money to buy books for their children. Help us begin a reading library in their homes by creating literacy kits that A Place To Turn can hand out to families. Help decorate literacy bags and assemble kits that will include new and gently used books, bookmarks and early reading workbooks and writing materials for preschoolers and elementary school age children.
Help our four legged friends by making catnip toys and peanut butter treats for cats and dogs awaiting placement in a good home at Buddy Dog in Sudbury.
Making Flower Bouquets for Heritage Assisted Living (Social Hall):
Soles for Souls
Help package new and gently worn children’s and adult shoes, sneakers, sandals and boots with a personal note inside each shoe. Shoes will go to the Greater Boston Jewish Community’s sister city of Dnepropetrosk, Ukraine.
PMC Kids Ride:
The PMC (Pan Mass Challenge) Kids Ride is a bike ride for kids aged 3 – 12 to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, which supports Boston’s Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Kids can ride routes ranging from 1/4 mile (around Brophy School) to 5 miles (5 times around Flanagan Drive). Volunteers aged 13 and up may help register participants, serve as route guides and bike mechanics, and run the party afterwards. A nurse and police volunteers will be available throughout the event. You may pre-register online by going to www.kids.pmc.org/framingham o just show up that morning! You are welcome to stop by TBA/MWJDS for the breakfast and ruach rally before heading over to Brophy School. If you are planning to go directly to the school on Sunday morning, you may stop by the TBA office on Friday between 8:30 am and 1:30 pm to pick up your t-shirts.
Donations Needed for Mitzvah Day
We have an exciting and ambitious day planned of giving for Mitzvah day. Donations of items will be helpful. Here is a list of what we still need for:
- Red Cross Comfort Kits – Small Sizes please
- Body powder, deodorant, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, cobs, wash cloths, for adults- razors, for children- a small puzzle, toy or note pad with small packages of crayons
- Early Literacy Kits
- New or gently used book for preschoolers to middle school children. We would love to give each child 4-5 books.
- Healthy snack foods for children to be distributed to the Grafton Food Bank and A Place to Turn
- Juice boxes, bottles of water, raisins/dried cranberries, Crackers with cheese packets, nutrigrain bars, and small bags of popcorn or trail mix. Go Go squeeze apple sauce, etc. Small sizes please.
- Soles for Souls to be sent to Jews in the Ukraine
- New or gently used shoes, sneakers, sandals or boots for children and adults
- First Aid Kits for children attending the Metrowest Boys and Girls Club
- Bandages, Antibiotic Cream, hand sanitizers, sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), ice packs, alcohol wipes, single use Benadryl, after bite (for mosquitoes), and get well cards for packages
- Toys for Cats and Dogs at Buddy Dog Society in Sudbury
- Tennis balls, white cotton large socks, and catnip
- Flowers for Elderly at Heritage House
- Pipe cleaners and colored duct tape
Items can be dropped off in the religious school lobby any time.