Skokie temple’s Mitzvah Day helping traumatized children
Daphne Karlin of Skokie finishes a blanket for Project Linus Sunday during the annual Mitzvah Day at Temple Judea Mizpah. | Curtis Lehmkuhl~Sun Times Media
Updated: May 27, 2012 8:11AM
There are two different ways to discover the definition of “mitzvah.”
The obvious way is to look it up and learn that a mitzvah is a moral deed performed as a religious duty or an act of human kindness.
A second way was to visit Skokie’s Temple Judea Mizpah Sunday where it held its annual “Mitzvah Day.”
Synagogue members came together to perform good deeds, among the most notable was their contribution to Project Linus.
Project Linus encourages making blankets for children in need.
“As Charles Schulz’s Linus character from the Peanuts comic strip was comforted by his blanket, Project Linus strives to do the same and more for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need,” Project Linus coordinators say. “The blankets our nearly 400 chapter coordinators collect from thousands of ‘blanketeers’ (volunteers) across the United States and then distributed to these children provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort.”
Project Linus has become a staple of sorts for Temple Judea Mizpah’s Mitzvah Day although a blood drive and other activities have been part of the special day as well.