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Yom Gemilut Hasadim

Sunday, January 20, 2019 14 Shevat 5779

9:00 AM - 3:00 PMLeon & Sandra Levine Social Hall




Join the Temple Israel community as people of all ages come together to perform acts of loving-kindness through “hands-on” mitzvah projects at Temple Israel.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity for individuals and families to participate in mitzvah acts benefiting both the Jewish and broader Charlotte community, as we share in Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).



9 am- 10 am - YGH Kick-Off! (Family-friendly minyan, opening assembly/information about the day, and “Grab-n-Go” Breakfast)

10 am-12 pm- Acts of Loving Kindness (those participating in offsite projects will grab breakfast and leave by 9:45 am)

12 pm - As a THANK YOU for volunteering, Izzy's Catering is sponsoring lunch for all participants! Join us for a hot dog lunch at Temple Israel and YGH Wrap-Up!

1 pm - 3 pm - Additional Mitzvah Acts (make meals for our caring committee with Monty) 

A Tzedakah box will be available to make donations that benefit Temple Israel’s Social Action Fund.

*Schedule subject to change



From 10 am-12 pm, the Temple Israel social hall will be transformed into a Loving Kindness factory that will produce a number of items that will bring joy to others.

Stations will include:



All projects are listed below, however, only some require a sign-up. Those that do not require a sign-up will be set up in the social hall as a station that you can participate in. All stations are family friendly. If a project is directed toward a particular age group that will be noted in the description.

Cooking/Baking for Others and Food Insecurity

These projects reflect the Jewish values of K'vod he-ahnee (respecting the poor), Hakarat HaTov (recognition of good; gratitude) and V'ahavta l'reacha kamocha (love your neighbor as yourself).



Cooking with Monty for the Chesed Committee. These meals will be available for members of Temple Israel going through a difficult time or transition. 



Making and delivering baked goods to on-duty police officers and firefighters (10 am - 11 am baking | 11 am - 11:45 pm delivery)



STATION: Making Sandwiches for Urban Ministries' Operation Sandwich (station at Temple Israel- cannot guarantee peanut/tree nut free environment).


Volunteer at the JFS Food Pantry! 

This is also a great day to donate to the food pantry. Click here to access a list of most needed items.


  • STATION: Volunteers will pack bags of food for children at HFES that are in need of meals over the weekend, while they are not in school. Blessings in a Backpack is a great mitzvah project for those approaching their B'nai Mitzvah.



 Making Things for Others

These projects reflect Jewish values of K’vod he-ahnee (respecting the poor), Hakarat ha tov (recognition of good; gratitude), Tza’ar baalei chayim (kindness to animals), and Tzedakah (charity).


STATION: Make toys for cats and dogs living at the Humane Society of Charlotte and other local shelters. There will also be information on fostering and adopting animals. Great project for all ages.



STATION: Make sun-catchers for kids who are patients at the Levine Children's Hospital. You can help to brighten their day!



STATION: Volunteers will write individualized letters of thanks and encouragement to the 50+ teachers of Huntingtowne Farms Elementary School.



STATION: Volunteers will write inspirational cards for women affected by domestic violence - station sponsored and lead by Women of Temple Israel's project: DIGNITY.  You will fill these cards with positive and uplifting messages and images for those who might need a gentle word of kindness. These cards will be placed into bags for packing during WoTI’s spring event.

We will also be collecting the following items that day 
*All must be new products*

-Nail polish

-Nail polish remover and/or makeup remover

-Makeup blush and eyeshadow

-Lipstick and/or lip balm

Visiting Seniors

These projects reflect Jewish values of Bikkur holim (visiting the sick) and Hiddur p’nay zakayn (honoring the elderly).

OFF-SITE OPPORTUNITY: We will be visiting with the residents of Waltonwood- Costswold. Our time will include a special Zumba class as well as various other activities! This site is for TIRS  7th-graders and their families. 


STATION: Baking challah rolls and writing cards for our seniors. Clergy will bring the challah and cards when they do their weekly visits to retirement homes and senior living facilities in the area.


Protecting and Connecting to Our Environment

These projects reflect the Jewish value of  Tikkun olam (repairing the world).


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Listen to a 30-minute presentation on the correct way to recycle in Mecklenburg County with a representative from Republic Services! (There will be two sessions. One family-friendly and one for adults.)


STATION: Project with Shalom Green - more information to come.



More Projects

These projects reflect Jewish values of  Gemilut hasadim (righteous deeds), Rahamanut (compassion), and Ahavat yisrael (love of our neighbors).


Blood Drive- Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will be on-site from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 am. (The Charlotte community is in a state of emergency and needs blood donations. Let’s step up and exceed the goal of 15 units. Each donated unit benefits three recipients.)


Cleaning the Ronald McDonald House - Torah on Tap / Young Professionals ONLY (space limited to 20 young professionals.)



STATION: The USY Gesher Teen Board will lead the Return Home Supplies “Activism in a box” activity. This includes writing postcards to elected officials, advocating for gun violence prevention.




More information to come!



Learning Opportunity

Our very own Glenda Bernhardt will lead a fascinating text study on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. 




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