Sunday, November 6, 2016 is the Jewish Federation’s Annual Mitzvah Day and BCHSJS is gearing up to participate and provide support to dozens of projects and charities throughout Bergen County. Now in its 18th year, Mitzvah Day is a chance to join over 1,100 volunteers across Northern New Jersey in supporting a wide range of deserving causes. BCHS students and parents will be participating in these activities:
- Lower Brett Park Fall Clean-up
- Fresh Roots Farms – planting, weeding and mulching
- Buckingham at Norwood Care and Rehabilitation Center – visiting with residents
- Daughters of Miriam Center – helping prepare for Carnival
BCHSJS has also undertaken on ongoing program, which is our School Supplies Drive. This program supports Oasis, a shelter for women and children in Paterson, NJ. They are in need of all basic school supplies, including pencils, pens, crayons, glue sticks, scissors, paper, notebooks and many other school staples that we take for granted. We urge all members of our BCHSJS family to contribute.
Most of us know that “mitzvah” means “good deed,” but the word actually means more than that. The basic translation of mitzvah is “commandment” – in this case to undertake charitable acts. Mitzvah also means “connection” and is a way of getting closer to G-d. November 6th is an important day because it brings all of these meanings of mitzvah to life – taking responsibility to undertake charitable acts and doing them within the context of a greater Jewish community.
Our students tell us that participating in Mitzvah Day opens their eyes to things they can do to make a difference within the Jewish community and beyond.