How to plan the perfect J-Soc Mitzvah Day
Thinking about a meaningful Mitzvah Day project for your University J-Soc?
Mitzvah Day’s on campus are always a fantastic occasion. They are filled with enthusiastic and energetic people, keen to help their community and see a difference being made.
Mitzvah Day is a great chance for your J-Soc to:
- Galvanise existing members: some members may not be fully engaged in all aspects of J-Soc life. As an alternative activity, many may be more interested in a practical Mitzvah Day.
- Attract new members by showing your Society in the best possible light on Mitzvah Day.
- Build a new relationship with another society. This is a perfect opportunity to reach out and speak to other faith groups on campus.
- Increase your Media exposure – Campus and Jewish newspapers are always keen for good news stories. Sending in pictures and a few words as quickly as possible is often enough to get your activity on the front page.
For any help in getting media attention, talk to our communications guru Simon at Simon@mitzvahday.org.uk
Our top tips for J-Soc projects are:
- Interfaith – Social action is a great way to build relationships between different communities. You may already have a relationship with a local faith community, and reaching out to them about Mitzvah Day could be a useful way to build this connection further. if not, the Mitzvah Day interfaith Manager can help you to nd a community in your local area, and facilitate your first meeting together. For help with planning an Interfaith Mitzvah Day, please contact our Interfaith coordinator Charlie@mitzvahday.org.uk
- Mitzvah Day Shopping Collect food or other required goods outside a supermarket by encouraging shoppers to buy and donate an extra item for a local foodbank or homeless shelter. Many will offer a list of needed items or will be happy to tell you after a phone call
- Put on your wellies Environmental projects: contact a local charity to see if they have any gardening that they need help with; you could ask an environmental charity if there are any tree planting or landscaping events needed. Despite the cold weather, it is the perfect time for a lot of gardening work
- Make or Bake Organise an activity such as crafts, arts, baking or cooking project to produce items which can be donated to a local or international On our available projects page we have a number of charities that would love for you to make cards, bags and more and then post it to them!
For a list of available projects please visit http://www.mitzvahday.org.uk/projects and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or advice