Mitzvah Day on the Move
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Mitzvah Day on the Move

Mitzvah Day On The Move committee members Dara Garcia, Marla Zagelmeyer, Anat Lavie, and Leslie Smith cheered and thanked Mitzvah Day On The Move hosts as they drove up to the federation building and picked up their projects.
Mitzvah Day On The Move committee members Dara Garcia, Marla Zagelmeyer, Anat Lavie, and Leslie Smith cheered and thanked Mitzvah Day On The Move hosts as they drove up to the federation building and picked up their projects.

Normally, the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s annual Mitzvah Day is held at the federation’s offices; hundreds of volunteers, of all ages, come together in one big room to prepare projects for community-based organizations. This year, the pandemic forced the federation to reimagine the day. It was named Mitzvah Day on the Move, and consisted of a choice of six pop-up projects that could be done in the safety of a volunteer’s home. The response was overwhelming; more than 80 volunteers did home pop-ups and made more than 3,000 items to be distributed. Project choices were wrapping puzzles and games for hospitalized teens and adults, bundling hats and gloves for vulnerable children, decorating walker bags for seniors, creating memory books for Alzheimer’s patients, assembling “Feel Good” kits for the homeless, and designing mask necklaces for front line workers. All materials were picked up the federation offices; projects are due to be returned before Thanksgiving.

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