Eighteen Reform Jews Join The Buffalo Build on Adult Mitzvah Corps July 8-14 Participants Will Build New Home in Buffalo, New York
July 5, 2007 Eighteen Reform Jews from across North America will help put the finishing touches on a brand new house during The Buffalo Build at the 2007 Tzevet Mitzvot: Adult Mitzvah Corps. From July 8-14 participants will not only finish a building a house, but will be creating a home for a needy family.
By performing deeds of loving-kindness in a worshipful Jewish environment, The Buffalo Build participants are not only improving the world around them, but elevating themselves as Jews and as human beings, said Rabbi Marla Feldman, director of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism. We aim to build a community of faith through the building of this house.
The 2007 Adult Mitzvah Corps has partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Buffalo, NY to finalize a home for a local family. Participants will be painting, finishing interior surfaces, putting-up dry walling and affixing vinyl siding. Each morning will begin with a service, including a special prayer for the pursuit of justice.
Local Reform congregations will provide the builders with home-cooked meals and will honor the participants during the Reform Community Shabbat. This Friday night service (July 13) will be held at Temple Beth Am in Buffalo and is jointly sponsored by Congregation Havarah, Temple Beth Am and Temple Beth Zion.
The Adult Mitzvah Corps program is sponsored by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism and the Northeast Lakes Council/Detroit Federation of the Union for Reform Judaism. The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism is a joint body of the Central Conference of American Rabbis and the Union for Reform Judaism and its affiliates that seeks to apply the insights of Jewish tradition to major societal concerns.
The Union for Reform Judaism (formerly the Union of American Hebrew Congregations) is the central body of Reform Judaism in North America, uniting 1.5 million Reform Jews in more than 900 synagogues. Union services include camps, music and book publishing, outreach to unaffiliated and intermarried Jews, educational programs, and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C.