The Mitzvah Corps volunteer program at the Asheville Jewish Community Center promotes service as an important and unifying feature of Jewish life and communal culture. The Mitzvah Corps uses social action as a vehicle for building bridges between groups and diverse segments of our community and we will aim to have an impact on not only the recipients of our service but also through new and strengthened connections.
This team of advocates, aged 50 and beyond, meets regularly to learn about and discuss issues and needs in our community and explores how to apply Jewish values to addressing these areas of concern. The concepts of Tikkun Olam (repair of the world), Tzedakah (justice), and Kehila (community) drive the group’s efforts to have a meaningful and positive impact.
Mitzvah Corps participants volunteer with the JCC, as well as other Jewish and non-Jewish agencies in the Asheville area. Volunteers contribute their time, skills and experience, while developing relationships with people from different age, cultural, and socio-economic groups.
Participants attend gatherings that include discussion, reflection, and analysis, and provide an opportunity to learn about related societal issues and teachings, and that facilitate connections between the volunteering, learning, and overall life experiences.
The Mitzvah Corps is funded in part by a grant from BJH Foundation for Senior Services, a nonprofit foundation committed to enhancing the lives of Jewish elderly residing in North and South Carolina through programs, activities and organizations that share their mission in accordance with Jewish values, practices and beliefs.