Sunday, April 7 | 9 AM - 3 PM | Various Locations

Join together with hundreds of community members in acts of kindness. Donate your time and your energy - you will be glad you did!


Registration will open soon for the following mitzvah opportunities:

Jewish Federation Annual Campaign Phone-a-thon

10 AM - 1 PM | The Cube, JCC of Greater New Haven | Adults


Make phone calls to raise money for the Federation Annual Campaign. Call our community members to thank them for their support of the Jewish Federation’s 2019 Annual Campaign and make calls to provide others the opportunity to participate. Our Annual Campaign supports all of the aspects of our community that we enjoy every day; our schools, camps, senior citizens, Jews in need locally, in Israel and around the world.

PJ Library Storytime with Stacey

10:30 AM | JCC of Greater New Haven | All Ages


Young families are invited to learn about Mitzvot with fun stories and songs.

MakerSpace Napkin Holder Project

10 AM - 2 PM | MakerSpace, JCC of Greater New Haven | All Ages


Help beautify the tables of senior citizens in our community by making a nice addition to their dining tables. Napkin holders will be donated to The Towers.

Food Prep for Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK)

11 AM - 2 PM | Kitchen, JCC of Greater New Haven | Ages 12+ (space is limited)


Join us in the JCC kitchen as we gather together to make salad, mashed potatoes and brownies for Sunday’s dinner.

Package Food for Food4Kids

10 AM - 12 PM | Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven | Ages 16+


Gather at JFS to bag groceries for Food4Kids, a program of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven. This meaningful activity is for adults and children ages 16 and up.

Bird House Painting at The Towers

12 - 2 PM | The Towers, New Haven


Join the residents of The Towers to help them beautify their garden by painting bird houses that they crafted.

Paint the Jewell St. Cemetery Wall 

12 - 3 PM | Jewell Street Cemeteries, New Haven | Ages 15+ (space is limited)


Meet at the Jewell Street Cemetery entrance in Westville to paint a wall in disrepair. Paint and brushes will be supplied.

Bike Path Cleanup

12:30 PM (Cheshire), 1 PM (Hamden) | All Ages


Join us at designated meeting places in both Hamden and Cheshire to clean up along the Canal Rail Trail.

Inspirational Card Writing with Yahad

11 AM - 12:30 PM | Congregation B'nai Jacob, Woodbridge | All Ages


Make cards for the Ronald McDonald House with Yachad, the religious schools for Or Shalom and B’nai Jacob.  

Plarning at Temple Emanuel

11 AM - 1 PM | Temple Emanuel, Orange | All Ages


Join the Temple Emanuel families by plarning (plastic yarn) to make soft sleep mats for those in need.

Intergenerational Game Time at The Towers

12 - 2 PM | The Towers, New Haven | All Ages


Spend some time playing board games with the residents of The Towers.

Cleanup at Camp Laurelwood

1 - 3 PM | Camp Laurelwood, Madison | All Ages


Help Laurelwood get ready for camp by engaging in a few cleanup activities. There will also be rock painting to beautify both camp and the gardens at The Towers and various other facilities in the Greater New Haven area.

Registration is not required for the following opportunities:

Cereal Collection for JFS

Ongoing through April 14 | Multiple Locations


Bring unopened, standard-sized boxes of cereal to one of our collection locations around the Greater New Haven area (TBA) to benefit the clients of Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven.

Children's Book Collection and Pop-up Craft with PJ Library

9 AM - 3 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven | All Ages


Bring a children's book for donation to Ronald McDonald House and make bookmarks with PJ Library. Open to all ages.

Pop-up Craft: Stone Painting

1 - 3 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven and Camp Laurelwood | All Ages


Express yourself by painting stones for our downtown cemeteries and the gardens at Tower One. (This project will happen at two locations: the JCC of Greater New Haven and Camp Laurelwood).

Share your Mitzvah Moment!

9 AM - 3 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven


Make a short video with your cell phone against our Mitzvah Day backdrop that you can send to cheer up a friend or relative, share a mitzvah that you participated in, and just have fun!

Mitzvah Day Fitness Classes


All classes are free to attend, but we ask that you please consider bringing a new children's book or unopened box of cereal for our collections. Registration not required (except for MELT workshops, which are limited participation).

MELT Workshops

10 AM - 12 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Quiet Corner Room


Rehydrate connective tissue with this simple self-treatment using small balls and a soft foam roller to make your whole body feel better!

Zumba Party!

8 - 10 AM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Aerobics Room


Two hours of dancing to a variety of styles, music, and awesome instructors!

Spin Marathon

8 - 11 AM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Spin Studio


3 hours of cycling with short breaks every 30 minutes to join or exit the class.  A variety of music, instructors and ride profiles.

Personal Training Consultations

9 AM - 1 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Fitness Center


Blood Pressure Screening, Body Composition Testing, Equipment Orientation and Personal Training Consults.

Spa at the J Demonstrations and Samples

9 AM - 1 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Wellness Lounge


Thai Massage & Sports Massage demos, Skin Analysis with our Aesthetician, Pilates Reformer demos, Healthy Eating recipes, Tips and Samples with our Certified Health Coach & Nutrition Pro, Essential Oil samples .

Mat Pilates

10 - 11 AM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Aerobics Room


An acclaimed exercise program that focuses on the core, which connects strength, flexibility and breath.


11 AM - 12 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Aerobics Room


Hatha Yoga combines physical postures with breath awareness for complete wellness.

Yoga Nidra

12:15 - 1 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Quiet Corner Room


A guided meditation for relaxation, breath awareness and stress management.

Pain-Free Posture Therapy Workshop

12:15 - 1:30 PM | JCC of Greater New Haven, Aerobics Room


Gentle exercises and stretches based on alignment principles designed to relieve or prevent chronic pain.