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The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, along with BBYO of South Jersey, NFTY, and USY, hosted a Teen Mitzvah-a-thon in conjunction with Community Mitzvah Day. Over 150 area teens attended the overnight "THON" at the Katz Jewish Community Center on Saturday, October 18. Both middle school and high school students joined in on the fun and the spirit of community.
The evening started off with a Havdalah service to kick off Community Mitzvah Day the next day, followed by an array of community service projects, games, and a lesson in charity that lasted the whole night through. Mitzvah projects included donating and sorting food for a food pantry, stitching blankets, and deciding which community organization would benefit from a portion of the registratior fees collected. Interspersed with learning about community and mitzvah, the teens enjoyed fun and games with a movie screening, a dance party, trivia games, and some friendly sporting events.
Although this was the second year for Community Mitzvah Day, it was die first year for Teen Mitzvah-a-thon. This was a true community collaboration from the start - the goal being to introduce a meaningful teen component to Community Mitzvah Day. Representatives from the Jewish Federation, the Katz Jewish Community Center, BBYO of South Jersey, NFTY, and USY all came together to organize the event. The response to this first annual Teen Mitzvah-a-thon was overwhelming. We want to extend a special thank you to all of the teens that participated, as well as to all of the adult volunteers who came out to help staff our teen overnight.
For more information about the Teen Mitzvah-a-thon or teen engagement and volunteer opportunities, please contact Rabbi Jon Kleinman, Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the Jewish Federation and Katz JCC, at 856-7519500, ext. 1091, firstname.lastname@example.org.