A day of service, education, and social justice in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam.
Join Us for a Day Full of Inspiration & Action
MLK Jr. Day honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and teachings of justice through the principles of nonviolence.
Mitzvah Day is held in the Jewish tradition of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world by reaching out to others in their hour of need and enriching their lives and the community as a whole.
This year we will have a special remembrance of John Lewis.
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
A Zoom link will be emailed to you after registration.
A special thank you to the Folk Music Society of New York for letting us use their Zoom account.
Usually community members, social justice and service organizations, and elected officials gather in person in Jackson Heights for MLK Jr. Mitzvah Day, but because of the coronavirus that is not possible this year. In an attempt to virtually recreate the experience of past years, the event will be split into 3 sections:
11am: Welcome and a coronavirus update from Dr. Karinn Glover.
11:30am: Workshops in Zoom break-out rooms.
12:30pm: Wrap up and special remembrance of John Lewis.
A full schedule is below the Workshop Descriptions.
Please sign up on the registration page for the workshop that interests you the most (you will be able to change your mind during the event).
SERVICE PROVIDERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUPS
Find out about the organizations and people who are available to help you and the community with much needed services. Learn about groups who are working for Tikkun Olam, making the world and our community a better place.
There will also be a handout with contact information.
It's easy to see the effects COVID-19 has had on our way of life in Queens. What's less visible is the number of people who are now worrying about having enough to eat. Job loss and other economic crises associated with COVID-19 have created more food insecurity right in our neighborhood.
Our panel will discuss the growing need, the local organizations stepping up to help, and possible solutions to this severe issue.
Kathryn Garcia- Former COVID Food Czar
Silvia Garces - Co-Chair of Lion's Share food Pantry @ St Mark's Church
Nuala O'Doherty Naranjo - Community Leader and Founding Member of COVID Care Neighbor Network
SOCIAL AND POLITICAL CONCERNS OF JACKSON HEIGHTS AND SURROUND COMMUNINITIES
What are the major concerns and issues that face your community and are important to you?
Hosted by Shekar Krishnan and co-host Maurice Clayton
INTRO TO RACE AND RACISM FOR PARENTS: Becoming More Comfortable Talking about Race and Resources and Information for Supporting Your and Your Children's Racial Consciousness
Learn foundational knowledge about the history of race and racism and gain tools for doing internal self-reflection on your own racial and ethnic identity as a parent. The session will conclude with resource recommendations and booklists for Anti-racist parents and their school-age students.
There will be a list of children’s books on racism provided by Karen Wellington.
Facilitator: Jeremy Chan-Kraushar, Director of Implicit Bias and Culturally Responsive Education, New York City Department of Education
-Welcome and introductions of workshops.
-Coronavirus update from Dr. Karinn Glover, including information about the vaccines and other current information.
11:30am: Workshop Breakout Rooms
12:30pm: Wrap Up & Special Remembrance of John Lewis
-Come together to share insights from the workshops.
-A memorial remembrance of those in our community who passed away due to Covid.
-Special Remembrance of John Lewis. Video tribute, followed by “We Shall Overcome” sung by members of the Folk Music Society of New York — Clarice Kjerulff, Don Wade, Leslie Berman, and Marie Mularczyk. and Don Wade.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS AND PARTICIPANTS
Kehillat Tikvah; A Jewish Community of Hope; The Folk Music Society of New York; New Visions Democratic Club; Lion’s Share Food Pantry from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church; Brooklyn Queens chapter of National Organization for Women; Malkhut; elected officials, and many more.