Teens, adults coming together for Mitzvah Day April 22 in Salem
By Laurie Fullerton
SALEM – Combined Jewish Philanthropies is joining the Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston to bring a community-wide Mitzvah Day to Salem on April 22 to support those in need.
Adults and teens from throughout the North Shore are urged to join together in helping to landscape, paint, and freshen up two facilities in a day-long event. Lifebridge is a shelter targeting the needs of homeless and disadvantaged adults. Plummer Youth Promise (formerly the Plummer School for Boys) is committed to helping troubled youth.
The Jewish Teen Initiative has offered a Mitzvah Day called J-Serve for Jewish youth from the North Shore for the past six years. But for the first time, CJP is joining in to offer adults that opportunity to practice the Jewish tradition of tikkun olam (repair the world).
“I hope Mitzvah Day will provide others with the ability to make a difference in our community through tikkun olam,” said Maya Goldman of Marblehead, a JTI teen leader. “I am so excited and honored that I will get to help lead these projects on a larger scale, and hope that a large amount of visibility will attract more people to ‘repair the world’ with us.”
The event begins at 56 Margin St., Salem, at 11:30 a.m with a BBQ and presentation of the 2018 Derek Sheckman Award for leadership and commitment to the community. Then work groups will paint, assemble picnic tables and shelves, clean and cook at both at the Plummer Youth Promise and Lifebridge. The two organizations were asked to submit wish lists that included a bag of baked goods for each of the boys at the Plummer home, who will be returning from school break on that day.
“I can think of no better way to spend a wonderful and meaningful afternoon,” said Anne Selby, co-chair of CJP’s North Shore Planning Committee. “Grandparents, parents, children, and friends, working together, using our hands and guided by our hearts, helping those in need, creating dozens of projects to enhance two incredible agencies.”
For CJP, the desire to join up with JTI stems in part from the organization’s hope to support youth and reach more adults and families in the Jewish community who want to volunteer on April 22. Building leadership and bringing generations together is one of CJP’s key goals.
“This is the first time CJP has done something this community-based on the North Shore and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with JTI on this initiative,” said Elizabeth Tauro, business community liaison/North Shore manager of CJP. “Bringing adults into the Mitzvah Day helps foster leadership and adults and youth can learn from each other working side by side.”
The organization urges adults from throughout the Boston community and the North Shore to volunteer on April 22. “We couldn’t be more excited to expand our reach by working alongside CJP to bring this dynamic teen-led volunteer opportunity to all ages throughout the community,” said Adam Smith, executive director of the Jewish Teen Initiative.
For more information and to register, visit JewishTeenInitiative.org and go to the service learning link under programs, then J-Serve.