Hoboken Mitzvah Day 2009

8/25/2009:

Hoboken resident Jake Stuiver is pleased to announce Hoboken Mitzvah Day 2009 on September 13, 2009! The event, which started back in 2005 – was on hiatus for the past couple years – but is back again!

The event(s) take place at the United Synagogue of Hoboken at 115 Park Avenue.

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Focus on Health, Fitness and Nutrition

“We are fast approaching Mitzvah Day 2009, and I wanted to take a moment to bring to your attention some very special features of this year’s event.

In the past, most of our activities have been fairly simple, straightforward service projects around the Hoboken and Jersey City areas that do a lot of good for the community without necessarily requiring a high level of preparation on the part of our volunteers.

This year, we’re trying something new and exciting. In partnership with the City of Hoboken and the Hoboken Housing Authority, we are holding a health, nutrition and fitness program in the Housing Authority, geared toward educating children about good eating and exercise habits, and how to make them fun in addition to the long-term benefits. We are looking for about 10 to 15 volunteers to help make this activity a success. It will include a cooking and nutrition seminar, Wii stations, possibly an obstacle course and various rewards for successful completion of the various activities.

In addition, we’ll be doing maintenance projects and various odd jobs for the Jubilee Center, the Hoboken Shelter, the Hoboken Boys & Girls Club, the Liberty Humane Society animal shelter and the YMCA.

We’ll also be doing some work for the Hoboken Emergency Food Pantry and the Jersey City branch of Dress for Success of Jersey City, Jewish Family Service, clean-up and High Holy Days preparation at the synagogue and several children’s activities at the synagogue as well, in addition to a trip to North Bergen to visit seniors at the Harborage Assisted-Living Facility and help run a bingo game there.

The day will culminate in the synagogue’s annual barbeque, where we will all be able to regroup and share our various stories of service.

All of these activities stand to make this the biggest and most socially impacting Mitzvah Day so far, but we can’t pull it off without you. Please set aside your Sept. 13, review the PDF sign-up form, and send your activity choices as quickly as possible to mitzvahday2009@hobokensynagogue.org. In order to make this work, it is imperative that we have your sign-up selections by the morning of Sunday, Sept. 6.

Thank you very much! Looking forward to a fun and fulfilling Mitzvah Day 2009!

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