This Sunday, March 25, the world will be celebrating Yom Mitzvot, also known as Good Deeds Day. Started in 2007 by Israeli philanthropist Shari Arison, it's a day for all of us to take time out of our busy lives and do something for someone else.  Every summer Shoafim campers (entering 8th grade) focus on the mitzvah of tzedakah, raising funds through the sale of Shabbat-o-grams and sno cones.  They learn about organizations practicing tikkun olam, working to make the world a better place.  Read more about Shoafim and their projects here. Last summer the Shoafim campers raised over $3,000! Together they decided which organizations to support with their tzedakah and distributed the funds to Autism Speaks, Mazon, The Michael Levin Memorial Fund, Nothing but Nets and the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Scholarship Fund. Kol HaKavod!

Check out an article about Arison and Yom Mitzvot here, and start thinking about what you can do this Sunday to help make the world a better place. We'd love to hear about your intentional mitzvot of Tzedakah and Gemilut Hesed (acts of lovingkindness) – regardless of whether you do them this coming Sunday or at other times! Share them on our Facebook page or email them to for a chance to be featured on our blog or in our weekly newsletter HaMirpeset Shelanu!