Mitzvah Day International was founded in 2005 by Laura Marks, who, upon returning to her native United Kingdom from a period spent in Los Angeles, decided to bring the “Mitzvah Day” concept she experienced through Temple Israel of Hollywood, California, back to the UK. Though the Mitzvah Day she was familiar with (and most Mitzvah Days in the United States) was based around a single community or congregation, her concept for Mitzvah Day in the UK was to unite the Jewish community and other groups around a single coordinated day of social action across the country. Mitzvah Day became registered as an independent charity in the UK in 2008.

According to Mitzvah Day International, in 2015, over 40,000 people participated in Mitzvah Day around the world. In many communities, Mitzvah Day has expanded to include participants from other faith communities as well. 

This year’s Mitzvah Day will kick off at 9 am at Temple ShirShalom with registration, breakfast, and opening remarks from Jayne Moraski with Family Promise.


​For more information about Mitzvah Day International clickhere.

Eighth Annual JCNCF Community Mitzvah Day 

Sunday, November 20 

Registration, Breakfast & 

Opening Program 9 am 

Temple Shir Shalom

​3855 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville 32605


​​​​​​​Mitzvah Day in North Central Florida is a collaboration between the Jewish Council and our community partners in Gainesville. Many thanks to Temple Shir Shalom​ for hosting registration and breakfast. Thanks also to Congregation B'nai Israel and Lubavitch-Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center for sponsoring Mitzvah Day projects at their facilities and out in the community.

To sign up for a project or to donate items clickhere.


About Mitzvah Day ... ​​On Sunday, November 27, 2016, thousands of Jews, representing hundreds of organizations around the world, will gather in synagogues and community centers to perform acts of lovingkindness. An individual’s obligation to engage in tikkun olam—Hebrew for healing the world—is one of the central messages of Judaism and the main mission of Mitzvah Day International, which encourages people to give their time to worthwhile local causes, while also creating deeper links within communities and supporting charities. 

The Jewish Community of North Central Florida will mark the eighth year of doing good deeds as a collective, and Mitzvah Day International has been promoting this annual day of service for 10 years!.