Mitzvah Day 2022

Mitzvah Day

Gratitude in Action

A Note About COVID-19

We are all impacted by the surge of the Omicron variant, and therefore, with communal health top of mind, we will have a limited in-person outdoor Mitzvah Fair (weather permitting) in addition to the online launch party and programs. We plan to offer additional opportunities to engage in acts of service as a community in the spring.

Schedule and Registration

COVID-19 GUIDELINES | Everyone age 13 and older must be fully vaccinated (2 or more shots) to participate in programming inside our building on Mitzvah Day. Parents of children 5-12 must show proof of at least one vaccination shot. To protect the unvaccinated members of our community age 4 and younger, Sholom Sprouts programming will take place on Zoom. Please see our COVID guidelines for more information.

SUN, JAN 23

One Block brings us together to participate in direct action that supports our Upper West Side community. Sign up to clean an assigned area with your neighbors!  

  • Warmly dressed volunteers will meet in front of CRS (7 West 83rd Street) at 10 AM
  • ONE BLOCK co-founder, Ann Cutbill Lenane, will give out bags, gloves, and ONE BLOCK baseball hats
  • Young children are welcome to help, and they must be carefully supervised
  • Please refrain from bringing pets
  • You will bag as much garbage as you can (not twigs or leaves) & place it next to the existing trash bins
  • You will be asked to clean approximately 2 blocks between Central Park West & West End Avenue
  • Feel free to take pictures & videos, and make sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook @OneBlockUWS
  • Registration is required & please make sure to include the number of people (over the page of 3 years old) in your family/group

Join fellow congregants back at one of our homes away from home, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, where we will break down bulk food into family sized portions for WSCAH’s customers.

WSCAH can make great use of your FreshDirect bags! If you have any to give away, please bring them with you on Mitzvah Day or drop them off during business hours.

Covid restrictions impose a limit of 16 people per session. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated (2 or more shots) to participate in programming at WSCAH on Mitzvah Day. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated cannot participate in this project. PCR tests will not be accepted at WSCAH. Participants must also wear a mask.

SAT, FEB 26

9:00 to 9:45 AM

Weather permitting, join us in the CRS courtyard for a morning of good deeds. Join us at various booths to participate in mitzvot.

10:00 to 10:45 AM

Join us in the CRS courtyard for a morning of good deeds. Join us at various booths to participate in mitzvot.

Join fellow congregants back at one of our homes away from home, the West Side Campaign Against Hunger, where we will break down bulk food into family sized portions for WSCAH’s customers.

WSCAH can make great use of your FreshDirect bags! If you have any to give away, please bring them with you on Mitzvah Day or drop them off during business hours.

Covid restrictions impose a limit of 16 people per session. All volunteers must be fully vaccinated (2 or more shots) to participate in programming at WSCAH on Mitzvah Day. Anyone who is not fully vaccinated cannot participate in this project. PCR tests will not be accepted at WSCAH. Participants must also wear a mask.

Registration to come.

FUTURE DATE TBA

Support the vital work of Days for Girls. Join us to prepare underwear, washcloths, and ribbon for the Days for Girls menstrual care kits.  

Registration to come.

Past Events

Raising Legacy — Reform Judaism, Dr. Martin Luther King, JR., and Today’s Responsibilities with Rabbi Spratt and Yolanda Savage-Narva

9:00 to 9:10 AM

Jumpstart our Mitzvah Day celebrations with our senior clergy! We will gather online with Cantor De Lowe and Rabbi Spratt who will offer inspiring song and reflections as we turn our hearts and hands toward acts of service.

9:00 to 11:00 AM

Join us in the building for our exciting kickoff event. Then, support the vital work of Days for Girls. Join us to prepare underwear, washcloths, and ribbon for the Days for Girls menstrual care kits.  

9:00 to 10:30 AM

Join us on Zoom for our exciting kickoff event followed by a course led by Rabbi Spratt and Yolanda Savage-Narva.

On a day when we join the country in honoring the legacy of Dr. King in deeds and in words, we look back on the vital role that Jews played in the Civil Rights movement. By exploring the array of Reform Jewish perspectives during this time of societal challenge and change, we witness how we may draw inspiration and obligation from both the places of courage and the places of fear. Join Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Union for Reform Judaism, and Rabbi Ben Spratt for a conversation reflecting back on the Jewish narratives of the Civil Rights movement, and the voices that call us to responsibility today.

9:00 to 9:50 AM

Featuring Todd Loyd – Rodeph Sholom School Teacher

Join us as we plant seeds of kindness! We will explore the themes of Tu B’Shevat and Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and learn to embrace the mitzvah of taking care of our earth through puppets, story and song!

Pick up materials at the entrance to CRS (7 W 83rd Street) on THU, JAN 13 or FRI, JAN 14 between 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM. Rodeph Sholom School families may pick up materials at drop off (10 W 84th Street) on THU, JAN 13 or FRI, JAN 14.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Serve the Moment

Driven by Jewish values, engage in critical racial justice work, tackle food insecurity, strengthen our education system, and combat social isolation.

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UJA Federation NY

UJA Federation is hosting a Day of Service with opportunities to feed the hungry, offer care to seniors, and much more.

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New York Cares

New York Cares meets pressing community needs by mobilizing caring New Yorkers in volunteer service. Register to become a volunteer, complete a short, self-guided digital orientation, fill out your profile and choose a project! Registrants must be 18 years old.

Learn More ›

WHAT YOU CAN DO EVERY DAY

CRS Food Drive

Our enduring commitment to provide food for New Yorkers in need is made possible through partnership with the West Side Campaign Against Hunger and other local organizations.

Days for Girls

First Monday of every month, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Help empower girls and women at Days for Girls, a grassroots non-profit organization that makes and distributes re-usable feminine hygiene kits to over one million girls and women in New York City. Overseen by Sisterhood, this is a great parent-and-child (age 11+) opportunity.


Email nyc@daysforgirls.com to participate.

Nido de Esperanza

Nido de Esperanza is a non-profit organization that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by changing the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. Nido builds community, promotes literacy, provides a food pantry for its families, and more.

Ruth’s Refuge

Ruth’s Refuge provides home furnishings and essentials to refugees, asylees, and asylum seekers. It is the only organization in New York City dedicated to providing the building blocks of a new home for refugees. 

E-Advocacy

Take a Second – Change a Life. Join our monthly social justice newsletter where we learn how we can help the world with the click of a button.

Backpack Buddies

Our response to childhood hunger involves packing and distributing food to children who are food insecure, which they pick up in backpacks at school.

Due to the surge of COVID-19, Backpack Buddies is taking a pause.

Blood Drive

CRS is dedicated to saving a life. A shortage of blood nationwide means our donations are urgently needed.  We work with New York Blood Center and assist those in need.

Homeless Shelter

Volunteering for a night in the CRS Homeless Shelter is safe, easy, and makes a real difference for our fellow New Yorkers who have nowhere else to sleep.


Due to COVID-19, the Homeless Shelter is taking a pause.

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