JFNNJ Mitzvah Day includes blood drives and much more
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JFNNJ Mitzvah Day includes blood drives and much more

Rabbi Arthur Weiner donated blood at last year’s JFNNJ Mitzvah Day drive at the JCC Paramus/CBT.  He will do so again this year. (Sandra Alpert)
Rabbi Arthur Weiner donated blood at last year’s JFNNJ Mitzvah Day drive at the JCC Paramus/CBT. He will do so again this year. (Sandra Alpert)

Join more than 1,000 volunteers across northern New Jersey and participate in the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday, November 6. Volunteers, young and old, will perform acts of kindness, charity, and thoughtfulness at more than 40 sites. Sarita Gross and Laurie Ann Weinstein are Mitzvah Day co-chairs. Northern Valley Affairs at Temple Emanu-El of Closter and Holy Name Medical Center and Ma’adan, both in Teaneck are co-sponsors.

American Red Cross Blood drives, with appointments preferred and ID required, will be at the JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah, 304 E. Midland Ave., Paramus, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at the Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682 Harristown Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly, working with Kehilat Kesher, both at Temple Sinai, 1 Engle St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community Blood Services holds a blood drive at Temple Israel & JCC in Ridgewood, 475 Grove St., from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and New Jersey Blood Services has one at Temple Emanu-El in Closter, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Blood donors can sign up in advance. Go to www.redcrossblood.org and then type the sponsor code in the upper right corner: JCCparamus, mitzvahdayglenrock, and so on.

There will be collections and drives for items including adult briefs, arts and crafts supplies, animal shelter needs, baby basics and clothing, blankets and towels, Chanukah toys, coats, flashlights, eyeglasses, musical instruments, paper goods and cleaning supplies, books, socks, toiletries, and toothbrushes.

Cleanup sites include the Historic New Bridge Landing and Steuben House in River Edge, Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park in Paterson, Van Saun Mill Brook in Paramus, State Line Lookout in Alpine, Lower Brett Park in Teaneck, and the J-ADD group home in Washington Township.

Activities include running a carnival for seniors at Daughters of Miriam, painting with Safely@Home (the program that used to be called Bonim Builders) in Hackensack; working on art projects and gifts and cards for patients at Holy Name Medical Center and Englewood Hospital & Medical Center; assembling packages for soldiers, helping with sports, art, music with children with special needs, and collecting for Shearit HaPlate.

For information, go to www.JFNNJ.org/MitzvahDay, call (201) 820-3962, or email JaneS@jfnnj.org.

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