Hebrew school students from the JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah and the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/CBI celebrated Mitzvah Day together on November 24. It was sponsored by Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Students learned about the types of mitzvot they can do in their everyday lives and also talked about being thankful. Here they hold up a project they made by tracing their hands and writing down a gratitude list. They also made tzedaka boxes, decorated cupcakes for community helpers, and sent thank-you cards to go with the cupcakes. Everyone brought items for the three Mitzvah Day collections — food for the food bank, warm socks and gloves, and toys for a holiday toy drive for the less fortunate.
The Fair Lawn Jewish Center/CBI’s religious school took part in Mitzvah Day. The younger grades participated in a joint activity at the JCCP/CBT, as mentioned above, left. Children in fourth to seventh grades worked at the Fair Lawn shul where they learned about Chanukah from Rabbi Dina Shargel, in preparation for an upcoming performance for residents of Daughters of Miriam nursing home in Clifton. Then they were told about tikkun olam, on ways to repair the world, as they made fleece blankets for needy children, left. The shul’s sisterhood and men’s progress club paid for all the materials. The event co-chairs included Beth Perlman, Ilene Laufer, Rich Flanzman, and Neil Garfinkle.