Rockland shuls mark Mitzvah Day
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Rockland shuls mark Mitzvah Day

Every day is Mitzvah Day at the Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, but the shul finds it important to keep one day reserved every year, the Sunday before Thanksgiving, to remind everyone about what really matters. More than 200 people came to OJC to volunteer on Mitzvah Day this year. Activities included family bowling to raise awareness and funds for Jawonio, which helps people with special needs and their families. This year, Diana Hess, the organization’s public information officer, spoke about the importance of inclusion. Teens and families left OJC early in the morning to do a breakfast run, feeding homeless people in Manhattan. Other activities included a blood drive, top right, creating gifts to hand out during a visit to the Esplanade on Palisades, packing activity bags for children at the Center for Safety & Change Shelter, cooking spaghetti and meatballs for the youth drop-in program at the Rockland Pride Center, right, mending siddurim, sorting toiletries and coats for distribution, organizing the library, and doing Zumba to raise money for National Kidney Foundation. Gabi Lewy, Susan Edelstein, and Carol Blau chaired Mitzvah Day at OJC.

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