Ohav Shalom is pleased to participate in the Jewish community-wide day of good deeds to benefit the greater Capital Region. More than 200 volunteers, including adults and children, from four congregations in Albany: Congregations Beth Emeth, Congregation Ohav Shalom, B’nai Sholom Reform Congregation, and Temple Israel, come together to engage in doing mitzvah projects around the community as part of our efforts toward “Tikkun Olam.” This event is designed to help people find out about community-based projects they can work on and become involved.
In 2018 more than 220 volunteers came together from the entire Jewish community and make their values and presence felt in the larger community. Below is a representative listing of some of the projects done in 2018 with the congregation responsible for each.
- Sorting and Packing Food (at Regional Food Bank in Latham)
- Cooking Dinner (at Ronald McDonald House in Albany)
- Baking (at Ronald McDonald House in Albany)
- Making Blankets for Mary’s Corner (at Beth Emeth)
- Packing bag lunches for the homeless (at Beth Emeth)
- Preparing and Serving Lunch to Mitzvah Day Volunteers (at Temple Israel and Beth Emeth)
- Cooking meatballs for the Soup Kitchen (at Beth Emeth)
- Assembling and Delivering Passover Gift Bags (at Beth Emeth)
- Baking for City Mission (at Beth Emeth)
- Knitting for those in-need (at Beth Emeth)
- Gardening at Diane’s Farm for the Soup Kitchen (at Beth Emeth)
- Assembling Birthday Party Boxes for families in-need (at Beth Emeth)
- Creating Arts& Crafts Kits for patients in Albany Med’s Children’s Hospital (at Beth Emeth)
- Organizing an afternoon of fun for homeless families (at Schuyler Inn in Colonie)
- Packing Welcome Bags for homeless and at-risk teens (at Beth Emeth)
- Making Fleece Balls for teen parents to play with their babies (at Beth Emeth)
- Assembling Support and Award Ribbons for To Life! (breast cancer education) and Alliance for Positive Health (HIV and Health information) (at Beth Emeth)
- Cleaning up at Beth Emeth’s Cemetery or Cemetery Chapel
The 2019 Mitzvah Day is scheduled for April 7, beginning at 10:00 am.