Monday, January 20 2014, 03:40 PM MST
Utah's Jewish Community Honors Dr. King Through Service
(KUTV) Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a federal holiday officially
marked on Monday. But at Congregation Kol Ami Sunday, Hebrew students took a
break from their studies to dedicate their day to serving others.
Organizers of the 4th Annual Mitzvah Day say it's a way to honor the memory of Dr. King by serving the community.
a day of praying with our hands, not just our voices," Liz Paige,
president of Congregation Kol Ami told 2News, "We all have to be
involved and engaged. I think that's one of the greatest legacies of Dr.
About 130 people in the Jewish community came together to
make sandwiches, tie blankets, write letters, create cards and make
seed packets - all a part of this "day of good deeds".
inspiration, our faith tradition tells us we need to take care of the
orphan, the widow, the stranger," Rabbi Ilena Schwarzberg said Sunday,
"It tells us we have an obligation to the world and to be good
Rabbi Schwarzberg says the event is perfectly timed
since too often people see the holiday weekend as a time to get away, "I
think we need to look at it as this is a time for us to get involved,
not to take time off."
Organizers say they were able to make
quite a significant contribution to other charities and programs
throughout the Salt Lake area.
They donated 30 new blankets to
Project Linus, 200 sack lunches to the Catholic Diocese's Good Samaritan
program, delivered 75 letters to legislators, made several hundred seed
packets with recipes attached for local community gardens, and donated
multiple pints of blood to the American Red Cross.
Local businesses helped fund the service projects, along with a grant from the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism.
By Amy Nay
(Copyright 2014 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)