Mitzvah Day is a long-standing tradition at PAS. While it looks different this year, what we do together is more important than ever.
Mitzvah Day Schedule
Mitzvah Month has been filled with opportunities to do good during this difficult time. On November 22, we will come together as a community to celebrate our month of mitzvot with learning and activity sessions for all ages.
Who was Vicki K. Wimpfheimer
And why is Mitzvah Day a most fitting way to honor her memory?
Vicki K. Wimpfheimer (1913–2003) grew up in New York City. She taught nursery school at Hudson Guild Settlement House and married Dr. Seymour Wimpfheimer in 1936. Inspired by Park Avenue Synagogue’s Rabbi Milton Steinberg, the couple was dedicated and active in all aspects of synagogue life, which also involved their five children.
Vicki’s work in early childhood education and her interest in developing enriching Jewish education made her an invaluable leader in establishing the Penn Family Early Childhood Center at Park Avenue Synagogue in 1965. She was also Chairman of the PAS Parents’ Association and helped to establish the PAS high school.
For family and friends of all ages, Vicki was a role model: caring, supporting, and encouraging. She was always thinking of others who had less, and quickly stepped in with an idea, project, or program to help. Her enthusiasm was infectious and mobilized others.
The V.K.W. Mitzvah Day began with a small group of congregants helping to paint a community room in East Harlem in 1995. Today, Vicki would be thrilled to see its growth, the participation of so many generations, and the impact of the many projects, such as students decorating cards for Israeli soldiers and wrapping Hanukkah presents for children in need. Vicki was passionate about making the world a better place for all, and Mitzvah Day continues to reflect her values of hesed and tikkun olam.
Show Us Your Mitzvot Challenge
All month long we challenge you to do mitzvot! Use the hashtag #PASsItForward when posting photos or videos of your Mitzvah Month activities, and send them to MITZVAHDAY@PASYN.ORG. At the culmination of the month on Sunday, November 22, we will share these highlights.
For our final Mitzvah Month eco-challenge, learn some tips from Cantor Brook and her daughter about how they make small changes in their home to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
Give of Yourself
A selfless act can make a huge difference in the life of someone in need. You can even turn your own self-care into a mitzvah opportunity, whether you need a haircut or want to slim down your closet.
Our ongoing partnerships with organizations such as Project Ezra and the Jewish Board continue this year thanks to the hard work of our committees! Read about the amazing work they are doing and check out the many ways that you can get involved.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Q. How can I help from home?
A. Check this webpage and This Week at PAS e-mails for opportunities to participate from home this year
Q. What can children do to participate in Mitzvah Day?
A. We have coloring sheets available here for your child to complete to accompany our donations this year. No age is too young to learn about mitzvot! We welcome participation of all ages in our weekly Mitzvah Month challenges.
Q. Will there be an event on Mitzvah Day itself this year?
A. Yes, on Sunday, November 22, we will have the opportunity to come together virtually and celebrate our month of mitzvot. More information to come.
Q. How can I send in my photos or videos of doing mitzvot?
A. Send us your pictures and videos to Mitzvahday@pasyn.org and we will include them in our highlight reel on Mitzvah Day!
Q. I had such a wonderful time helping others this month, how can I do more?
A. Check the tikkun olam webpage for other ways you can help repair the world. You can also sign up for the tikkun olam email list!