Mitzvah Day

At Lakeside Congregation, we like to say that "every day is Mitzvah Day," as groups of congregants engage in projects throughout the year to help people outside our congregation.

But once a year we come together for a day completely devoted to Tikkun Olam (repairing the world). This annual day of giving brings together hundreds of people in the local community to participate in a variety of non-sectarian community projects. We concentrate on performing mitzvot (community service), both in our community and in the greater Chicagoland area. It is surely a time to live the commandment, “Love your neighbor.” 


We have participated in a slew of mitzvah projects over the years, including:

  • Compiling and distributing children’s books
  • Packing lunches for PADS in Lake County
  • Donating blood through LifeSource
  • Cleaning up local parks like Heller Nature Center and Fink Park
  • Visiting the elderly with service and therapy dogs
  • Decorating and filling shoe boxes with everything needed for a small birthday party for teens in homeless shelters across the city
  • Sorting food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
  • Collecting children’s clothing, school supplies and outdoor gear for Camp CAR, giving underprivileged children from the inner city a weekend getaway at OSRUI (in collaboration with the North American Federation of Temple Youth)
  • Creating handmade cards for kids in hospitals across the country
  • Weaving together plastic bags to make bed mats for the homeless through the Plastic Bag Project
  • Gathering gently used professional clothing to help the long-term unemployed re-enter the workforce
  • Providing a sense of security and comfort for children by making no-sew blankets through Project Linus
  • Standing in support of the Jewish state for the Walk For Israel at the Jewish United Fund’s Israel Solidarity Day
  • Packing over 10,000 nutrient-rich meals shipped all over the world to support school feeding programs, orphanages, and crisis relief through Rise Against Hunger

Through our annual Mitzvah Day, we hope to inspire everyone to go beyond the good of one day’s events and make every day a Mitzvah Day. We can – all of us together – make the world a better place.