Community Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 18 at 8:30 am
Registration, Breakfast &
Opening Program at
Jewish Student & Community Center
2021 NW 5th Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603
Guest Speakers Mayor Lauren Poe &
City Manager Anthony Lyons
Mitzvah Day by the Numbers
About Mitzvah Day ... On Sunday, November 18, 2018, 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.
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 2016, 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 8:30 am at The Lubavitch Chabad Jewish Student & Community Center with registration, breakfast, and opening remarks from a special guest speaker.
For more information about Mitzvah Day International click here.