Mitzvah Day 2011

Join us For Mitzvah Day on Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mitzvah Day Activities

The Mitzvah Day Schedule
8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. –  Complimentary Pancake Breakfast (TBS Brotherhood)
9:15 a.m.-9:45 a.m.  – Kick-off/Cantor Reinwald & Junior Choir Performance
9:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m.  – Travel to Mitzvah Site
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Perform tasks needed at Site
Your Mitzvah Day is complete. The Mitzvah Day Committee thanks you for volunteering!

So what is Mitzvah Day?
Mitzvah Day is a wonderful opportunity for your congregation to participate in the holy task of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Mitzvah Day is a concerted effort, on a single day, to bring the entire congregation together to spend one day volunteering with social justice projects/activities in the community. Congregants choose from a variety of projects that cater to diverse interests, capabilities, and ages. – Union of Reform Judaism

We can’t wait to join you for another memorable Mitzvah Day! Being a part of our TBS Social Action Program has been so rewarding for me over the past year with the development of “Mitzvah Meals”. To contribute to the answer to hunger in Orange County is such an important Mitzvah. But on November 13th we have the opportunity to make many different contributions throughout the community. Please join us if you can. Our day will begin with a complimentary pancake breakfast sponsored by the TBS Brotherhood. Please be sure to rsvp when you register!
– Shelly Wellins and Stephanie Wilner, Mitzvah Day Co-Chairs

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
But if I am only for myself, who am I?
And if not now, when?

History of TBS Mitzvah Day
In the mid 1990’s, congregant Cookie Stern and Rabbi Emeritus Shelly Donnell attended the URJ Biennial Conference where Cookie attended a Social Action session. That session was the spark that ignited Mitzvah Day at Temple Beth Sholom. Cookie shared what she had learned about helping the needy in our community and with the support of Rabbi Donnell and the TBS Board of Directors, our Mitzvah Day tradition began in 1997.

This Mitzvah Day marks our 15th anniversary. Together with enthusiastic activity leaders and countless members of our congregation we have connected with local organizations and supported programs across Orange County. The beneficiaries of our community involvement include Ronald McDonald House, Hemopets, Orange County Interfaith Shelter and Wise Place. Among the many projects we have done are blanket making for the homeless, letter writing to our military troops, clean-up in the canyons and sprucing up the Santa Ana Zoo. This year’s projects will offer some of the same opportunities as well as exciting new additions. Remember the holy task of tikkun olam and join your congregational family for Mitzvah Day 2011.
-Monica Engel, Social Action Committee