When one day isn’t enough: The UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds

Monday, Sept. 15–Sunday, Sept. 21
“Will It, Create It, Achieve It” Monday, Sept. 15, 7 pm • Mitzvah Day VA, Sunday, Sept. 21, 1:30 – 3:30 pm

Every year, in order to nurture and enrich Jewish life in Tidewater, strengthen the global Jewish community, and care for vulnerable populations, the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater begins its fundraising efforts anew, in an initiative known as the Annual Campaign.

Traditionally, the Annual Campaign begins with an event that’s designed to motivate and remind community members of the importance of their financial donations, the need for their continued involvement and the benefits that they, and others, receive through the UJFT’s model of communal giving.

This year, however, rather than just hold a single evening Kick Off to mark the 2015 Annual Campaign, the UJFT is inviting the community to join in seven days of activities. The UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds provides multiple opportunities through which the community can contribute to the 2015 Annual Campaign financially and through volunteerism, and allows individuals to personally experience how their deeds and actions benefit others in extraordinary ways.

The Week of Extraordinary Deeds begins with the 2015 Annual Campaign Kickoff on Monday, September 15. Free and open to the community, the evening includes a cocktail reception at 6:30 pm, followed at 7 pm by a theatrical presentation, “Will It, Create It, Achieve It.” The show brings together two inspirational and historic Jewish leaders—Theodor Herzl, the father of modern Zionism, and Golda Meir, a heroine of the state of Israel. Professional actors Michael Lifshitz and Gail Beyer star.

Immediately following the Kick Off, UJFT will begin the social media segment of the Week of Extraordinary Deeds. Each day, UJFT Facebook posts will notify “friends” of a different good deed that they can easily do; a deed that could have an extraordinary impact on other people’s lives. Shares of the good deeds, comments, and photos are encouraged, and are designed to help build, strengthen and connect the community on all levels. Also during the week, some community members will have personal interactions with their peers, to learn more about the importance of their gifts to Jews locally and around the world.

The Week of Extraordinary Deeds wraps up with a day full of good deeds. The 1st Annual Mitzvah Day VA on Sunday, Sept. 21 includes five projects that range from making blankets for the homeless to writing a note to an Israeli soldier.

UJFT Week of Extraordinary Deeds events are all free and open to the community. “Like” the UJFT on Facebook: Facebook.com/UJFTidewater.

For more information, to RSVP for the Annual Campaign Kick Off, and to register for Mitzvah Day visit JewishVA.org/Be-Extraordinary. Need more information or want to RSVP by email or phone? Write to extraordinary@ujft.org, or call 757-965-6115.