By Stacey Bomser
This is the 20th anniversary of Mitzvah Day at Temple Dor Dorim. The event began as a way for the congregation to help those in need, but over the years it has grown into a community-wide effort with all ages and all faiths coming together to make a difference. Everyone in Weston is invited to “stand up and be counted” on January 21st when the synagogue hosts this annual day of giving.
“Over the years, the congregation of Temple Dor Dorim and the Weston community has helped thousands of people in need by coming together on this one day each year, making a huge impact in the community,” shares Mitzvah Day Chair Lisa Lerner. “Let’s come together this year and grow those numbers.”
To date, Mitzvah Day has resulted in over 300 military care packages to benefit Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, 300 blankets for AmeriCares, 1,000 bag lunches for LifeNet4Families, hundreds of meals for the Ronald McDonald House, 150 pints of blood donated and over 100 people added to the Bone Marrow Registry. In addition, through bake sales, car washes and other efforts, Mitzvah Day has collected thousands of dollars in donations for the Dan Marino Foundation for Autism, Juvenile Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, Make-A-Wish, Best Buddies, Hand in Hand for Haiti, and other worthy charities.
This year’s projects include collecting donations for hurricane victims in Puerto Rico, selling home-baked dog biscuits to benefit the Humane Society of Broward County, adopt-a-dog by Good Karma Pet Rescue, and collecting shoes for In Jacob’s Shoes.
“From making sandwiches to feeding the hungry, and painting houses for foster children to preparing meals at the Ronald McDonald House, each and every project has provided help to people in need and provided a teaching lesson for our children and community,” notes Lerner.
She encourages all Weston residents to participate in this year’s program, either by volunteering or simply donating. Lerner promises Mitzvah Day will be the “Feel Good” day of 2018.
“You will feel good – warm inside – knowing that you woke up that day and truly helped someone in need. No matter how big or small the project was, it helped someone,” states Lerner. “It also feels good because you are with your kids, teaching them a life lesson of giving back; to not sit there and let someone else take care of it. No matter how old you are, you can make a difference.”
While the Hebrew word “mitzvah” literally means commandment, it has come to mean “good deed.” Lerner says Temple Dor Dorim’s Mitzvah Day is a chance for everyone to start the new year completing a good deed.
Mitzvah Day takes place on Sunday, January 21st from 9am-12pm at Temple Dor Dorim, 2360 Glades Circle. For more information call 954-389-1232.