JFNNJ Mitzvah Day will feature blood drives, collections, and cleanups
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JFNNJ Mitzvah Day will feature blood drives, collections, and cleanups

18th annual event takes place on Sunday, November 1

Children and adults take part in Mitzvah Day holiday projects. This one from last year was at the YJCC. (Herb Benkel)
Children and adults take part in Mitzvah Day holiday projects. This one from last year was at the YJCC. (Herb Benkel)

Join more than 1,100 volunteers across northern New Jersey and participate in the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s 18th Annual Mitzvah Day, Sunday, November 1. Volunteers, young and old, will perform acts of kindness, charity, and thoughtfulness at more than 40 sites. Sari Gross and Laurie Ann Weinstein are Mitzvah Day co-chairs.

Michael Chananie donates blood at a previous Jewish Federation Mitzvah Day blood drive.
Michael Chananie donates blood at a previous Jewish Federation Mitzvah Day blood drive.

Blood drives, with appointments preferred and ID required, will be at the JCC of Paramus/Congregation Beth Tikvah, 304 E. Midland Ave., Paramus, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Glen Rock Jewish Center, 682 Harristown Road, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Temple Sinai of Bergen County in Tenafly jointly with Kesher Community Center at Temple Sinai, 1 Engle St.; and Temple Israel & JCC in Ridgewood, 475 Grove St., 8:45 a.m.-2 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: mitzvahdayparamus, mitzvahdayridgewood, and so on.

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

Clean-up sites include Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood, Great Oak Park in Oakland, the historic New Bridge Landing in River Edge, and the Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.

Activities include assembling packages for soldiers and emergency kits for Kosher Meals on Wheels recipients, organizing school supplies and backpacks, and working on a lone soldier project in support of the Israel Defense Forces.

For information, go to www.JFNNJ.org/MitzvahDay, call E.J. Solomon at (201) 820-3962, or email ejs@jfnnj.org.

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