Beth El Binah landscapes Legacy

Members of Congregation Beth El Binah and the Jewish Federation at Legacy Founders Cottage (photo by Barbara Rosenberg)

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.

—  David Taffet

Beth El Binah participates in Mitzvah Day

Sandy Horwitz

Congregation Beth El Binah helped plan and will participate in Mitzvah Day on Oct. 30 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Dallas.

“Mitzvah” means “commandment.” To do a mitzvah usually refers to doing a good deed, but more literally means living by the commandments to make the world better.

BEB member Sandy Horwitz helped plan the day that includes about 100 projects at a variety of agencies around the city.

Horwitz said that she wanted to include something in the LGBT community so she planned an event at Legacy Founders Cottage in Oak Cliff. The afternoon will include doing some landscaping work and putting together gift bags.

Another project Horwitz organized is a pumpkin carving party at Chai House, a home for people with cognitive disabilities. She said she arranged that project because a member of the congregation lives at that facility.

The Jewish Federation is the central coordinating agency for the Jewish community in Dallas. More than 40 local organizations, including everything from ultra-Orthodox through most liberal Reform synagogues, as well as a variety of other groups, participate together in fundraising and volunteer projects as constituents of the federation.

—  David Taffet