Mitzvah Day

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10:00 AM-1:00 PM; Breakfast at 8:45 AM

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of Sandra Luks, Mitzvah Day founder


Join the entire Jewish community to help others. Volunteer just a little of your time and help support various projects around our community. Participate in in the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam “repairing the world”. For more information, or if you have questions about any of the projects, please contact Diane 541-206-7723 or

Mitzvah Day Projects


Create Blankets for Children in Need

Volunteers will make blankets for Bags of Love. No sewing experience needed! Bags of Love is a Eugene organization which provides comfort items to children who are in crisis.

4th grade and up


Make Caps for Cancer Patients

Volunteers will make caps for individuals undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. We’ll teach you how! The caps will be distributed through the Willamette Valley Cancer Institute. No previous experience is necessary for this project.

4th grade and up


Beautify University Park

Volunteers will weed and mulch the landscape beds in University Park. In addition, we may also paint picnic tables and restrooms.

14 and older


Bake Cookies for the Dining Room

We will be baking large quantities of cookies for serving at The Dining Room, a Food for Lane County program.  Adults bakers only. Please note that this project runs until 2:30 PM. A light lunch will be provided.


Help with Lunch Prep at Eugene Service Station

Volunteers will help with lunch food preparation and distribution, table bussing, and general cleanup. Adults only. The Eugene Service Station provides basic needs for homeless adults.

Adults only


Prepare Meals for People in Need

We will prepare soup and lasagna in the TBI kitchen and freeze them for Jewish people who are in need. Participants should plan to stay until 1:00 PM to help with clean-up.


Maintain Masonic Cemetery

We will be removing invasive species and doing various grounds keeping activities. Participants should be able to do light to heavy gardening and weeding. Bring gardening gloves.


Help with Burrito Brigade (11 AM-1 PM)

Help prepare and wrap burritos as part of the Burrito Brigade for later distribution to people in need who are hungry.


Breakfast Setup (7:30 AM-9:30 AM)

Help prepare and set out the food for the Mitzvah Day continental  breakfast


Breakfast CleanUp (10 AM-11 AM)

Help clean up after Mitzvah Day continental breakfast


Other Ways to Help

Projects Before and After Mitzvah Day:

Not available on May 19th? Below are a variety of projects that are available before or after Mitzvah Day


Deliver Flyers for Food Drive –May 15, 1 PM

Volunteers are needed to distribute flyers to notify households about a food drive on Mitzvah Day. Routes provided. Each route should take approximately 1 hour.


Package Meals for Freezer- May 20, 1 PM-2:30 PM

Volunteers will come to the TBI kitchen to portion lasagna and soup prepared on Mitzvah Day into containers to freeze for further use


Deliver Snack Bags to Head Start- week of May 20-24, 8 AM-4 PM

Volunteers will help deliver the snack bags that were assembled on Mitzvah Day to Head Start. A vehicle with ample cargo space will be helpful. Two volunteers needed, who will coordinate schedules to deliver at the same time.


Deliver Food to Womenspace – week of  May 20- 24, 9 AM-5 PM

Volunteer will deliver food collected during our Neighborhood Food Drive on Mitzvah Day to Womenspace


Deliver Flower Pots to Good Samaritan Care Center – May 20

Volunteer will deliver painted flower pots to Good Samaritan Care Center.


Deliver Lift Off Baskets to Sponsors, Inc. – week of  May 20- 24

Volunteer will deliver 10 laundry baskets filled with items to Sponsors, Inc.


Talmud Torah and PJ Library Projects

Mitzvah Day is not just for adults. Talmud Torah and PJ Library participate too! Students will sign up for projects through Talmud Torah. Some will join projects with adults while others will participate in those listed below, which are exclusively for young people in Talmud Torah and PJ Library

Parents, please consider signing up to help with these projects.  Email Steve Korin- or Sarah Mazze –


Conduct Neighborhood Food Drive for Womenspace

Students will collect food to from households in the TBI neighborhood. (Neighbors will be notified and will receive a flyer and bag prior to Mitzvah Day)


Paint Flower Pots for Good Samaritan Care Center

Children will paint flower pots and fill them with annual flowers to deliver to residents of Good Samaritan


Maintain the Camas Ridge School Garden

Talmud Torah students will assist with various garden related projects at Camas Ridge School


Make Craft Bags for First Place Family Center

Children will assemble an array of craft supplies into gift bags for children at First Place Family Center


Assemble “Lift Off” Baskets for Sponsors, Inc.

Students will be assembling items to assist women who have been incarcerated transition to a new home


Prepare Snack Bags for Head Start

Students will decorate bags and fill them with healthy snacks. The bags will go to local Head Start students to supplement food on weekends and holidays.


Create Blankets for Children in Need

PJ children and their parents will help make blankets in a designated  room just for PJ families.  Bags of Love is a Eugene organization which provides comfort items to children who are in crisis.


Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

This year’s partners and sponsors are Temple Beth Israel, TBI Sisterhood, TBI Brotherhood, the Grossman Fund, Back to Roots, Toby’s Family Food and Genesis Organic Juice




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