Mitzvah Day

2018 Mitzvah Day will be held on Sunday, Feb. 11.  Please contact Rabbi Pomerantz, Rachel Samek ( or Caryn Zinn Musaffi ( if you would like to be a project captain. In the meantime, check out the fabulous Mitzvah work we accomplished this year!

During our 2017 Mitzvah Day we:

  • Fed 365 Men, Women and Children at the Chapman Partnership and brought books and smiles to many
  • Created 350 food bags for food insecure children in our community
  • Packed boxes and boxes and boxes of clothing for those in need
  • Designed “super” capes for children in the hospital so they would feel a superpower to heal
  • Cleaned local parks and beaches
  • Assembled 48 “preemie packs” for premature newborns at Jackson
  • Signed 50 letters and sent 40 e-mails protesting SB 140 “open carry” legislation
  • Raised 3K for Guitars over Guns – enough $ to buy instruments for an entire school
  • Doubled the amount of food purchased in the Scavenger Hunt for Kosher Food Bank
  • Poured love into 100 birthday kits for children for the Kosher Food Bank
  • Created 125 lentil stew mix jars for the Kosher Food Bank
  • Distributed 4000 granola bars for the homeless
  • Donated blood and platelets
  • Raised $650 for Moms Demand Action
  • Provided dental and visual health check-ups
  • Supported VIBE 305:  A job training food truck for inner city young men
  • Made Seniors smile with a little schmooze, entertainment, plants and puppy love
  • Cared for rescue animals
  • Gave children in need a day of fun and enrichment



Our 4th Annual Soup Contest was a great success. For the first time ever, there was a waiting list for Chefs to participate, over a hundred people attended, and $3000 was raised for Guitars over Guns. Rob Newman and Gary Ressler kept the crowd laughing, Guitars over Guns provided entertainment, and our 12 Chefs delighted us with nourishing and delicious soups.

The winners were…

  • 1st Prize:  Allison Greenfield for her Barley, Beef and Leek on Fleek Soup
  • 2nd Prize:  Sharlane Packar and Judi Broad for their Mushroom Barley Soup
  • 3rd Prize:  Dana Grodin for her Red Soup with Brisket and Creole Matzah Balls
  • Popular Vote Winner:  Homa Samway for her Ush

Many thanks to Betsy Mateu, Jaleh Bast and Randi Lawrence for chairing this tasty project.