The Oshman Family Jewish Community Center will hold its sixth annual Mitzvah Day on Monday, Jan. 21, to commemorate both the Jewish spirit of doing a "mitzvah" (good deed) and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Palo Alto nonprofit organization is inviting volunteers to participate in a day of community service and choose from more than 25 different hands-on projects that will take place at the Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life at 3921 Fabian Way and other Bay Area locations. Participants will work in small groups on projects addressing poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging and the environment.
New projects this year include cleaning up the Palo Alto Baylands and working with 10 Books A Home, a nonprofit organization that provides books and bookshelves to underserved children.
The goal of the event, according to Luba Palant, event manager at the Jewish Community Center, is to teach kids and families to enjoy volunteering, encourage them to make their contribution an annual tradition and showcase local nonprofit partners.
Last year, the event attracted more than 800 volunteers of all ages, coming from as far as Santa Cruz and the East Bay.
For more information and to register, please visit www.paloaltojcc.org/mitzvah or contact Luba Palant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance online registration is required.