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Mitzvah Day 2021

October 25, 2021 - November 21, 2021, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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This year’s SOJAC Mitzvah Day is a hybrid, so everyone can help out and get involved based on their comfort level!

Special activities on Mitzvah Day (November 14) include:

  • Eve Russ is arranging for WJC volunteers  to help rebuild flood damaged homes in our community with the Fuller Center. The Fuller Center is devoted to this ongoing work. Space may be limited. Adults and older teens. In order to participate, you must contact Eve Russ:
  • Children ages 3-10 can make cards or posters to welcome Afghan children currently residing at Fort Dix in New Jersey, awaiting resettlement. These cards are intended to help the refugee children feel welcome to the US  and hopeful that they will get to live happy, full lives with their families. We will supply all materials. Contact Sharon Silver with questions:


  • WJC Teens will be packing Hanukkah gift bags for the elders of Project Ezra on Tuesday, November 16, during their meeting. These goodie bags make the elders feel remembered and valued, a definite mitzvah!
  • Religious School and ECC children have been working on Hanukkah greeting cards to put in the goodie bags for Project Ezra elders. The cards bring a smile to the senior’s faces, while they enjoy the goodies—a real mitzvah!


All of our community partners have asked us to collect only new, most needed items.

Please note: All clothing and underwear must be new! Collections bins will be available at WJC from October 25-November 21. Collection bins can be found in the Reception Room a WJC on November 14 from 9:00am to 1:00pm for in-person donations on Mitzvah Day. Please place all online orders between October 25- November 21.

CRC – The Community Resource Center
Collecting: children’s warm pajamas (all sizes infant-teen); warm hats and gloves (children’s- adult sizes); fleece jackets (men’s and women’s sizes small & medium)
Bring to WJC on November 14 OR order online here:

The Sharing Shelf – Westchester’s Clothing Bank
athletic socks (especially for teen boys and girls), and underwear (especially for boys sizes 6-14)
Bring to WJC on November 14 OR order online here:

WJCI – Westchester Jewish Coalition for Immigration
Collecting: New Make-up Kits and Make-up for Afghan women at Fort Dix: lipstick, eyeshadow, blush, and mascara
Bring to WJC on November 14 OR order online here: 

Little Libraries – Providing gently used books for underserved communities in NYC
Like-new books for young adults and adults
Bring to WJC from October 25 to November 21

Questions? Contact Sondra Levy,; Eve Russ,, or Sharon Silver,




Mask Policy

Indoors: Consistent with current CDC guidance, all persons age two and above must wear masks at all times while inside the building, regardless of vaccination status. Exceptions include presenters from the Bimah during religious services (including prayer leaders, speakers, and Torah readers) and while seated and eating.

In Outdoor Tent Spaces and on Synagogue Grounds: Masks may be required for large gatherings in outdoor tents as determined by synagogue leadership. At other times, fully vaccinated persons need not wear masks outdoors, although we ask that everyone be mindful of the sensitivities of those around them. All unvaccinated persons age two and above must wear masks outdoors when they are within six feet of others, except when seated and eating Kiddush with their families or pods.

Vaccination Policy

Individuals ages 12 and above: For the safety and comfort of the congregation, all eligible persons ages 12 and above must be fully vaccinated to attend religious services, programs, or other WJC activities in the building. We reserve the right to request proof of vaccination at our discretion.

Those who are not fully vaccinated may attend outdoor programming in accordance with the masking policy set forth above. We will continue to provide access to our services and many of our programs virtually through Zoom and/or live stream.

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