Areyvut’s 2013 National Mitzvah Day Creating Unity in the Community
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Areyvut’s 2013 National Mitzvah Day
Creating Unity in the Community
Bergenfield, New Jersey, March 5, 2013 - On March 8-10th, communities around the United States will be coming together for a National Mitzvah Day, a time period designed as a united effort to highlight acts of kindness, charity and communal involvement. The program is being coordinated through the efforts of Areyvut, a New Jersey based organization which has established itself as a leader in charity-oriented educational efforts.
The theme for this year’s program is Every Day, Every Way and Areyvut has developed educational resources and suggested activities to help schools, synagogues, families and communities to give of themselves and help others.
Projects range from food and blood drives to visits to hospitals and senior-care facilities which will allow participants primarily of elementary and high school age to be involved with an international campaign to publicize the power of kindness. According to Areyvut Founder and Executive Director Daniel Rothner, the event has been created to enable students to understand the positive impact their actions can have on both a local and international scale. "Being a part of a group dynamic that is involved in charitable activity will allow every participant to appreciate the importance of their actions as part of a greater community.”
The organizers have been working with schools, synagogues and agencies to ensure that the local events cater to the participants’ interests, as well as respond to a real need faced by a community.
Areyvut is partnering with Good Deeds Day, an annual international celebration of good deeds initiated by businesswoman and philanthropist, Shari Arison, and launched and organized by Ruach Tova. Kaynan Rabino, CEO Ruach Tova explained "We value our partnership with Areyvut to achieve our common goal of engaging people to do good throughout the year and specifically on Good Deeds Day."
Rothner says that National Mitzvah Day will be revolutionary in its ability to unite so many different areas of the country in the pursuit of one common ideal- kindness. "We have seen that parents and educators alike are always looking for an avenue to inspire students to get more involved in charity. We are confident that through this national and global event, children of all ages will find the motivation to dedicate themselves to charity in a way that will have a positive impact for themselves and for the community at large.”
For a listing of projects, educational resources and to register please visit www.areyvut.org.
Areyvut - Hebrew for mutual responsibility and accountability - empowers Jewish youth around the world, enabling them to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social justice). Established in 2002, Areyvut reaches out to Jewish day schools, congregations and communities, regardless of affiliation. Areyvut offers unique opportunities for creating innovative and meaningful programs to make these values a reality for students and educators alike.
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