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It’s Time for Mitzvah Day 2017!

tikkun-olamThe entire Oak Park Temple community is invited to a day of Tikkun Olam–making the world whole for the good of humanity.

Check out the wide range of Mitzvah Day projects happening all on one day and plan to be part of it! Projects are available for the entire community, and some projects are grade-specific projects for religious school classes.

Parents of religious school children are encouraged to join their children and take part in this fun morning.

Mitzvah Day day kicks off at 9:30 in the sanctuary with projects to follow. Those projects taking place outside of OPT should meet directly at the offsite location.

If you have questions, contact Allison Cowett or Christen Hammersley.

Detailed project descriptions appear below with project leaders and contact links.

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Projects for the Entire Community

Join these projects at Oak Park Temple. Kickoff in the sanctuary at 9:30, projects begin afterwards.

  • Project Sandwich – Pack lunches to be distributed to those in need.
    More info: Alex Levitt, Karen Simon
  • Lasagna-making for Caring Community – Assemble pans of lasagna to freeze for those in our OPT community in need, supporting the OPT Caring Community.
    More info: Ali Mandell
  • Shoe-making with Green Chaverim — Recycle old jeans into shoes to be sent to Africa, supporting Sole Hope, an organization that provides shoes to Africans to prevent the spread of painful foot diseases.
    Sign up to bring supplies.
    More info: Alma Klein
  • Letter-writing for Midwest Workers Association — Letter writing for Winter Survival Campaign, supporting the Midwest Workers Association.
    More info: Margaret Marek Rohter

Projects for Religious School Families

Parents of religious school children are encouraged to join their children and take part in this fun morning. Kickoff in the sanctuary at 9:30, projects begin afterwards.

GAN and 1st GRADE (and parents)
Make an American Flag-themed welcome art project for immigrants benefitting the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).
Sign up to bring supplies.
More info: Annika Rothbaum and Adam Hirsch

2nd GRADE (and parents)
Make Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar for Ozerim. In turn, these packets of ready-to-cook meals will be given by Ozerim to OPT community members in need of our support.
Sign up to bring supplies.
More info: Tali Albukerk or Christen Hammersley

3rd GRADE (and parents)
Make gift bags for the women of Sarah’s Inn, which supports victims of domestic violence.
Sign up to bring supplies.
More info: Allison Cowett and Sheila Pont

4th and 5th GRADES (and parents)
Hear from individuals wrongly convicted and incarcerated, and write letters to people working with the Exoneration Project, a free legal clinic dedicated to representation of the wrongfully convicted.
Sign up to bring supplies.
More info: Josh Tepfer

6th GRADE (and parents)
Recycle old jeans into shoes to be sent to Africa, supporting Sole Hope, an organization that provides shoes to Africans to prevent the spread of painful foot diseases.
Sign up to bring supplies.
More info: Michelle Revsine, Debbie McCann

7th GRADE
Sort and pack books and write letters to incarcerated youth, supporting the Liberation Library, which provides books to youth in prison to encourage imagination, self-determination and connection to the outside worlds of their choosing. Note that space is limited to 15 participants, so sign up if you are interested!
NOTE: This project takes place offsite at 2040 North Milwaukee Ave (‘In These Times’ building).
More info: Allison Cowett

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Create a meal for families of the Ronald McDonald House Loyola Medical Center.
NOTE: This project takes place offsite at 1 Airmail Rd, Hines, IL.
More info: Leah Vergotine

OPTY (and Community)
Create a public art instillation promoting unity and diversity, in partnership with the Muslim Leadership Academy of the Islamic Foundation and Suburban Unity Alliance, an organization that raises discrimination awareness and brings entire communities together based on empathy, collaboration, and equitable philanthropic endeavors
More info: Beryl Greenberg

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