Chesed Day Unites Local Day Schools
by Yaffi Spodek
More than 600 students from South Palm Beach County’s Jewish day schools came together on January 13 to do hands-on projects for children in need, as part of an annual Chesed Day. They learned about the Jewish value of chesed, the obligation to extend oneself in doing deeds of kindness, and the responsibility to care for those around us.
Students in grades 1 through 5 from Donna Klein Jewish Academy, Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton and Torah Academy of Boca Raton, accompanied by 50+ educators, were guided by 14 DKJA Middle School students and 24 high school students from DKJA and Yeshiva High School. Students from Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton were also involved in the program, which was planned by the high school students in collaboration with the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Department of School Educational Services.
The excitement was palpable as all the students gathered in Federation’s Zinman Hall to watch “A Man of Yesterday, A Role Model for Today,” a video produced by DKJA students about emulating our forefather Abraham in doing mitzvoth and being kind to others.
The students were divided into different rooms by grade level, and teamed up with friends from other schools to work together. They did hands-on projects to give to children served by the two recipient organizations, Chai Lifeline and Friendship Circle.
Students in grades 1 through 4 got creative and decorated colorful tote bags to donate to children with special needs and those suffering from life-threatening illnesses.
Fifth graders engaged in “Stack the Caps – Paint the Caps,” a project to decorate hats for children with cancer being treated at Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital and other area facilities.