B'nai B'rith Denver and the Christmas Mitzvah Project
For over twenty years, the Christmas Mitzvah Project has sent Jewish volunteers to hospitals, homeless shelters, and retirement communities on Christmas so that their Christian employees can spend time with their families. The Denver Lodge sponsored this project as part of their "Rocky Mountain Mitzvah League" initiative.
The Denver Lodge Rocky Mountain Mitzvah League spent time with elderly residents making crafts, baking cookies, and singing karaoke. Said JoyAnn Ruscha, VP of Programming, "This was a great opportunity to broaden interfaith relations, participate in a mitzvah, and strengthen our Denver Jewish community. Plus, I had an excuse to dress up as a Christmas elf." In a show of holiday spirit, B'nai B’rith also sponsored kosher-filled treat bags for all of the volunteers to Holly Creek Retirement Community.
Pictured are JoyAnn Ruscha and her son Judah (in costumes); Bill Berger, President of the B’nai B’rith Denver Unit; and other B'nai B'rith volunteers.
Total: 72 hours of service by 18 volunteers
Sub-total: 70,449 hours
Chicago Volunteers Distribute B'nai B'rith Buddy Bears
The B'nai B'rith Chai Unit, in Chicago, Illinois – participates in several annual volunteer projects in their community. This includes distributing B’nai B’rith teddy bears and socks to those in need. Their unit also participates in the annual distribution of Maos Chittim in their community twice a year with 25 volunteers participating for all of the projects.
Total: 213 hours of service by 25 volunteers
Sub-total: 70,377 hours
B’nai B’rith Community Service at the VA Hospital in West haven, Conn.
Chairman Harold Miller (Santa), from the B'nai B'rith Horeb Lodge, coordinates the visit of 50 community volunteers for a three hour Christmas eve party for 150 patients and 30 nursing staff.
150 hours at the event and hours of preparation for donated gifts and coordination for volunteers with the hospital. The program has been a gift from B’nai B’rith to the hospital for 60+ years. Posed with Harold is his son Steven.
Total: 150 hours of service at the event
Sub-total: 70,264 hours
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