Jewish Community celebrates 'Mitzvah Day 2014'

(WBIR) Members of East Tennessee's Jewish community spent Sunday throughout the area participating in "Mitzvahs," which are commandments meant to help the community.

It was all part of Mitzvah Day 2014, which has been a Knoxville tradition for around 15 years.

People of all ages were able to join in, with the the youngest members participating in studying and learning. That's something community leaders say is the most important Mitzvah for children.

"Because by learning, as they get older they will do more so what's really critical if for children to learn from very young that helping others is a part not just of our tradition, but a part of helping the world and making the world a better place," Deborah Oleshansky, Director of UT's Hillel, said.

Kindergartners helped make dog biscuits which will be donated to an animal shelter, while older children went to visit residents at the Sherrill Hills retirement community.

Mitzvah Day 2014 also included a MEDIC Blood Mobile and a chance for people to get swabbed to become a bone marrow match.


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