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Yom Chamishi, 27 Nisan 5776

Mitzvah Day 2016

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Note: Off-site projects begin at various times throughout the morning. If you register for an off-site project, your Team Captain will contact you with specific details.

9:00 a.m.
Mitzvah Day Kickoff Ceremony and Celebration

Gather in the Sanctuary at Temple for a rousing Mitzvah Day kickoff with our clergy and staff. Music and a bit of learning will help prepare us for the important work of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.

9:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

Join us in the Social Hall for a quick bite before heading off to your Mitzvah project

10:00 a.m.
Mitzvah Village and Jr. Mitzvah Day Projects Begin

Three options are available for all ages and interests – Mitzvah Village, Junior Mitzvah Day, and Off-Site Projects. See below for details.

11:45 a.m.
Free BBQ Lunch

Celebrate your Mitzvah Day accomplishments with a delicious FREE BBQ lunch cooked up by Temple's Brotherhood and served from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on the East Lawn (outside the Grape Street entrance).

Mitzvah Day Projects

There are three options available, for every age and interest:

Off-Site Projects

Volunteers can register to participate in "hands on" projects, beginning at various times and locations around Denver. Some projects involve physical labor such as trail maintenance or gardening, while others involve interaction with seniors or children. All young participants must be accompanied by an adult, and some projects have a minimum age requirement. All projects require advance registration – please indicate your first, second, and third choices as some projects fill quickly.

Project Name Project Description Project Location Minimum Age to Participate
#1 Bluff Lake Nature Center Gardening, site maintenance, trail work Eastern edge of the former Stapleton airport, along Sand Creek. 8
#2 Ekar Farm and Community Gardens Prepare ground and plant seeds for upcoming growing season at a community garden run by local non-profit producing food for JFS Weinberg Food Pantry, Kavod Senior Living, Metro CareRing, SAME Cafe Ekar Farm at Denver Academy of Torah, 6825 East Alameda Ave., Denver 8
#3 Kavod Senior Living Help residents with small projects in their apartments like hanging pictures, moving furniture, etc. 22 South Adams Street, Denver 13 
#4 Denver Health Newborns in Need Hospital tour, assemble warm welcome bags for new families, and sort & stock donated items. Denver Health, 777 Bannock Street, Denver 8
#5 Food Bank of the Rockies Volunteers will work as an assembly line to fill boxes with food for needy recipients 10700 E. 45th Ave., Denver 10
#6 Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry Sort food donations in the garage; wash bins, shelving, and tables; clean refrigerators; pack meal bags; stock shelves; break down boxes and containers after sorting. 3201 S. Tamarac Drive, Denver 12
#7 Stinkbug Project Prepare, bake, bag & label dog biscuits which will be sold to raise money for trained companion dogs for children with life-threatening illnesses. Mile Hi Co-pack commercial kitchen, Aurora 8
#8 Emanuel Cemetery at Fairmount Clean-up Temple Emanuel’s section of Fairmount Cemetery - involving picking up trash and rocks on the ground; clearing artificial and dead flowers 430 S. Quebec Street, south of Alameda 8
The following two "Off-Site" Projects are at Temple Emanuel, but require sign-up.
#9 Judi's House Nourishment Program Prepare meals for children and adults who are affected by the loss of a family member due to cancer. This project takes place at Temple Emanuel in the kitchen and requires advance sign-up. Temple Emanuel Kitchen, 51 Grape Street, Denver CO 80220 13
#10 Delores Project Prepare food for an evening shelter for homeless women. Temple Emanuel Kitchen, 51 Grape Street, Denver CO 80220 13


Mitzvah Village

Mitzvah Village is a great way for adults and children ages 9 and up to work on numerous hands-on projects all in one place – the Temple Emanuel Social Hall. Projects include sorting and packing hygiene products, bagging ingredients for meals, making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and much more. Rotate through the projects at your own pace and have fun while making the world a better place! Mitzvah Village also includes a few projects located elsewhere in the Temple, some of which are for adults only – look for signs around the building.

This year’s Mitzvah Village projects will include:

  • Jewish Family Service Weinberg Food Pantry - Help bag rice and ingredients to prepare Spanish Rice to be donated to Jewish Family Service
  • The Denver Peanut Butter Plan - Make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless in Denver
  • Temple Emanuel Sanctuary Seats - Minor woodwork & seat repairs in sanctuary
  • Jewish Family Service Hygiene Drive - Sort and box donated hygiene items
  • Project Linus - Cut fleece & knot ends to create polar fleece blankets for kids in local hospitals
  • Denver Health Newborns in Need “Onesie” Project - Hand-paint onesies to be included in baskets for new moms at Denver Health
  • Camp Wapiyapi - Decorate crowns and tiaras for campers at this camp for kids with cancer
  • Temple Emanuel Grounds Project - General spring cleaning and gardening, build and fill new planting beds


Junior Mitzvah Day

Junior Mitzvah Day, located in the Early Childhood Classroom wing, is an awesome way for young children ages 3 to 8, with their parents, to get a taste of what it feels like to do mitzvot. Have fun cooking, painting, and creating as you move from project to project at your own pace, based on your child’s interest and attention span.


Complete the form below to register yourself, your family and friends for Mitzvah Day 2016. Use your helping hands!

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