On Sunday, Oct. 30, members of Congregation Beth El Binah participated in Mitzvah Day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Dallas. About a dozen members spent the afternoon working at Legacy Founders Cottage. While the men planted flowers, the women did cement work on the garden path to prevent wheelchairs from getting stuck in the cracks between the paving stones.
Legacy Founders Cottage is part of Legacy Counseling Center and is a residential hospice in Oak Cliff for people with AIDS.
Other Beth El Binah members worked on the Dallas Holocaust Museum‘s memorial garden in downtown Dallas located behind the Sixth Floor Museum. Another group did pumpkin carving at Chai House, a residence for adults with cognitive disabilities.
Dozens of projects were planned throughout the city to celebrate the anniversary. Beth El Binah member Sandy Horwitz, who served on the federation’s planning committee, said that the group that worked at Legacy planned to make the project an annual event.