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
B'nai B'rith Young Leadership Network - Denver Mitzvah Hours
This spring the B’nai B’rith Young Leadership Network took on their second nationwide mitzvah project. The project was to create kid activity kits for children in Israel affected by terrorism. Groups came together for Mitzvah Hours to stuff kits while networking with other young leaders. In Denver, 20 young leaders gathered at Stoney’s Bar & Grill.
Total: 20 volunteers, 40 hours.
Sub-total: 69,491 hours
B'nai B'rith Denver Blood Drive for the Children's Hospital
Bi –Annually, B’nai B’rith Denver hosts the Children’s Hospital Mobile Blood Drive. This past year they were able to organize 54 donations and each donation can save up to three lives!
Total: 40.5 hours by 54 volunteers
Sub-total: 495.5 hours
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