What is Mitzvah Day
Mitzvah Day was born out of the belief that we can all make a positive difference to our world by taking action – together. On a single day, Mitzvah Day, the Jewish community together with other communities and individuals wanting to improve the world in some small way, take part in a range of activities simply to help others. For example, On Mitzvah Day participants collect and distribute food, befriend and sing to seniors and people that are socially isolated, clean parks, prepare food and make and send gifts to needy children.
Our vision is to reduce hardship and poverty, to help our environment and to bring a little joy where it is needed, all through hands-on participation. It is a way for people to take an active part regardless of their religion, age, sex or location. Mitzvah Day brings enthusiastic volunteers to those who need support.
Mitzvah Day serves as a platform for creating local relationships, Jews with Jews and Jews with those from other faiths and communities. By working together for the common good we build stronger communities making them better places to live.
Mitzvah Day International was launched in the UK in 2008. Last year over 40,000 volunteers from 21 countries participated in over 1,200 varied social action projects, making a meaningful and long-term difference across a range of compelling causes and charities.
Such was the enthusiasm and uptake here in Australia that in 2016 we had over 60 organisations participate in over 80 projects in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and South Australia; aiming to add ACT to the list of participating States in 2017.
Our Mission and Values
Bring a little joy, reduce hardship and help the environment
Mitzvah Day is based on the Jewish values of:
- Tzedek – Righteousness
- Gemilut Chassadim – Acts of loving kindness
- Tikkun Olam – Repairing the world
It is a way for us all to make our mark, regardless of affiliation or age.