The Torah gives us 613 Mitzvot (good deeds), and Akiba-Schechter’s Chesed Club provides our middle schoolers with the opportunity to consistently focus on acts of kindness and responsibility toward others.
Each week, club members from 5th to 8th grade meet to plan activities and identify opportunities to increase their involvement in Mitzvot that will benefit others. By taking the values from the classroom and putting them into action in the world at large, they are transforming themselves and making an impact in our school and our community.
When Hurricane Sandy hit, they put their other activities on hold and organized a coin drive to benefit the Mazel Day School in Brooklyn that was heavily damaged by the storm. Amazingly, they raised over $500 from collecting loose change. What better way to celebrate Chanukah than bringing a little light to a dank hallway in a flooded school! Happy Chanukah!