29 February 2020 - 5 Adar 5780 - ה' אדר ה' אלפים תש"פ
UJC members give back to the Hong Kong community on Mitzvah Day E-mail

Over 160 members of the United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong (UJC) rolled up their sleeves for “handson Tikkun Olam” during the “UJC Make a Miracle Mitzvah Day” last December.

The day began with breakfast at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre to awaken spirits with shakshuka and songs. Congregants then ventured out to locations around Hong Kong to volunteer at charities and non-profit organisations.

“The dedication in the room was palpable,” said Rachel Fleishman, UJC ExCo member charged with Tikkun Olam. “I’m always impressed by the members – individuals, families and teens – who show up every year.

They arrive ready for a little adventure and a lot of hard work. And they leave with a sense of humility and purpose: humility from heightened awareness of the plight of those less fortunate, and purpose from the confidence that they have made a real contribution.”

UJC Mitzvah Day participants, who ranged in age from toddlers to seniors, volunteered in a variety of activities: decorating cookies and making firstaid kits for ImpactHK, singing to and visiting with the elderly residents of the China Coast Community, cleaning elderly residents’ flats with Habitat for Humanity, and hosting the ever-popular “Tikkun Olam Olympics” sports competition for children from the Boys’ & Girls’ Club.

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