“It is not your duty to complete the work, but neither are you free to refrain from it.”
This line from the Talmud refers to tikkun olam, or repairing the world, and it is what the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati’s Give a Day (this year on April 29) is all about.
Give a Day is a community-wide day of service. Congregations and agencies from all across the Jewish community have organized 35 social action projects that take place throughout the greater Cincinnati area.
Some projects specifically benefit members of the Jewish community. For example, volunteers can garden at Cincinnati Hillel, Rockwern Academy or Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Or they can paint at Jewish Vocational Service or spring clean at Ohav Shalom.
But, with the recognition that it isn’t only the Jewish world that needs to be repaired, most Give a Day projects benefit the larger community. Volunteers can head to Valley Temple to make fleece blankets for children in hospitals and others in need. Or they can meet at Northern Hills Synagogue and then go out into the area to provide home repair for low-income families. Others can clean up at Drake Park or Sharon Woods with the Jewish Federation’s Young Adult Division or even provide childcare or serve lunch at The Church of Our Savior’s morning service through Beth Adam.
These organizations are relying on volunteers to make their Give a Day projects successful. And the individuals helped by the projects rely on the volunteers even more. Without you, Ronald McDonald House guests won’t have a home-cooked meal that night, homeless people who are discharged from hospitals won’t have the companionship they need, the mural at Interfaith Hospitality Network will stay unpainted and homebound seniors won’t have the help they need with their household chores and yard work.
Pick your project and register today.