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Bet Shira Mitzvah Day

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Posted on 02/22/2013 @ 12:37 PM

Bet Shira Congregation in southwest Miami-Dade at 7500 S.W. 120th Street, Pinecrest recognizes the great importance of community involvement and volunteerism. For the 24th consecutive year, the Bet Shira Tikkun Olam Committee is sponsoring its annual Mitzvah Day of Community Service on Sunday, March 3rd, 2013 to help many South Florida non-profit organizations.

“Tikkun Olam means repair the world and it is a Mitzvah, sacred deed, one of the most important actions we can do as Jews and human beings” says Cantor Mark H. Kula of Bet Shira Congregation. “Furthermore as Jews, we know that a truth of life is that being partners with God raises goodness to the highest level resulting in a better world for all people." Cantor Kula continues "We can and we do restore the broken parts of life bringing holiness everywhere.”

Bet Shira Congregation dedicates itself to Tikkun Olam by all the volunteers and positive energy of Mitzvah Day. Bet Shira's Tikkun Olam Committee is co-chaired by Jerry Greenberg, Steven Spann and Karen Siegel who say “Mitzvah Day for the past several decades has served the Bet Shira Congregation as a great opportunity to introduce intergenerational members of the 400+ Conservative Congregation and the Greater Miami community to volunteering.”

“People of all backgrounds and religious denominations are encouraged to come together to start the year off with a good deed” said Carol Stein, Chair for the Mitzvah Day event. “Come bring your donations, give blood, share a nosh at Bet Shira and see for yourself that there really is something for everyone. The community can make a difference! It’s a Mitzvah!” continued Stein, who has served as the Annual Mitzvah Day event chairperson for the past sixteen years.

Beginning at 9:00 A.M. on Sunday, March 3rd, Bet Shira congregants and friends, Jewish Education Center students, Early Childhood families, teens, seniors and children of all school ages will join forces on this special Mitzvah Day to help with cleaning up the environment, entertain children, comfort seniors, visit organizations, organize, collect and deliver needed goods throughout the South Miami-Dade Community.

School-age activities include assembling toiletry kits for the homeless, making sandwiches to be delivered to Camillus House and working with craft projects for seniors. Pre-school children will be assembling care packages of snacks and sweets and decorating socks for American and Israeli soldiers.

Another project this year will include serving lunch to the residents at the Chapman Partnership Homeless Shelter Miami location as well as planning games and activities for the resident children at the Homestead location. At Inn Transition South, a residence for victims of domestic violence, children and mothers are treated to an afternoon of fun and pampering. The annual, ever-successful Bet Shira Blood Drive will also be held at the Synagogue throughout the morning on Sunday, March 3rd welcoming donors from across the area.

For those volunteers that are outdoor enthusiasts, there will be gardening in the morning at several areas at the Miami Metro Zoo (now known as Zoo Miami) which includes pruning, weeding and general clean-up. Due to the popularity of this activity, now also included on Mitzvah Day is gardening and maintenance at the Pinecrest Gardens scheduled later in the afternoon after the Zoo.

At Bet Shira Congregation, volunteers will be sorting the donations of clothing, toiletries, books, toys, medical supplies and cell phones. Once sorted, these donations will be distributed to organizations such as the Miami Rescue Mission, Chapman Homeless Center, Lotus House, Open Door Health Center, and Boggy Creek Camp for terminally ill children.

The Tikkun Olam Committee during the month of February will once again conduct its annual “sock drive” collecting new white, adult size socks and on Mitzvah Day, notes of good wishes will be attached to the socks and delivered to Veterans at the Miami VA Hospital as well as Israeli Soldier Veterans.

Mitzvah Day will conclude on a high note this year from 4:00 to 5:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 3rd with everyone in the community invited to enjoy a concert at Bet Shira named “SONGS OF THE HOLOCAUST – COMPOSERS AND THEIR MUSIC” that will be presented by the New World Symphony and Holocaust Memorial of Greater Miami Jewish Federation in partnership with Bet Shira Congregation.

For more information, and to find out how you can volunteer, call Bet Shira Congregation Synagogue office at (305) 238-2601, visit www.betshira.org or to volunteer, contact the Mitzvah Day Committee at (305) 232-1422.

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