Cultural Affairs / Mitzvot

If you are interested in getting involved in our many outreach programs contact Richard or Stacey at

Our congregation is involved in Social Action and Mitzvot year round. Some of our programs include:

  • Supplies for Success -Yes, every piece of paper and pencil counts! If you are still interested in getting involved, donations can now be made on line. Click to donate . Just $18 will provide a filled backpack to a local child in need.
  • Birthday in a Box
  • Campaign Against Hunger & Seasonal Food Drives
  • From Our Table To Yours—perishable food donation program. Donations of leftover simcha or shiva food is delivered to local shelters.
  • From Our Garden to Your Table – donate your excess harvest to local families in need.
  • Hatzilu Kosher Food Pantry
  • Holiday “Adopt” a Child Secret Snowflake
  • Mitzvah Day
  • M’Yad L’Yad
  • Pack It Up for Purim
  • Project EZRA
  • Prom Dress Drive
  • Tikkun Alliance of the North Shore (TANS)
  • Winter Weather Clothing & Accessories Drive
  • “Wrapping” with the Rabbi Gift Drive
  • Volunteering at a local Soup Kitchen
  • Mitzvah Freezer - Making a big pot of soup? Put aside one quart for our Mitzvah Freezer. All soup donated to MOMMAS house. (Freezer quart size containers available upon request)

Mitzvah Committee Mission Statement

  • To carry out the mission of fulfillment of Mitzvot through direct service, education about Jewish tradition and community issues, and advocacy.
  • To act as a resource to the OWHC community, maintaining an up-to-date list of social service agencies and programs.
  • To involve as many people as possible in ongoing Tikkun Olam in a variety of ways and to keep participants active through ongoing mitzvah projects and community outreach programs.
  • To help B’nai Mitzvah students and their families find and complete meaningful "tzedakah (social action) projects" as part of their bar/bat mitzvah preparations. This part of the Religious School curricululm makes explicit to these teens the idea that the mitzvot (commandments) to which they will be obligated as they become bar and bat mitzvahs involve not only Jewish ritual but also social action.
  • To organize and run formal congregation-wide Mitzvah Days/Mornings (pre-Thanksgiving). Mitzvah Day is a congregation community service day created to encourage OWHC members to go out into the community to make a difference in the lives of others.
  • OWHC offers a variety of mitzvah projects and supports local shelters and agencies with food and supplies through direct donations.