Areyvut, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teens with the values of chesed, tzedakah, and tikkunolam, is determined to help others bring in the New Year with acts of kindness.
Areyvut has published a 2016 A Kindness a Day Calendar. This flip calendar offers 366 suggestions (it’s a leap year!) for people of all ages to better themselves, their communities, and the world at large. For example, January 1’s entry suggests, “Make a New Year’s resolution that will positively impact someone else’s life.” Other entries remind readers to “Thank a family member or friend for something he or she has done for you this past week” or to “assist someone who is unemployed with writing a rÃ©sumÃ© and finding a job.” Beneath each act of kindness is a traditional Jewish text that explains where the act of kindness is inspired from.
Areyvut debuted A Kindness a Day in 2005 and continued to create calendars through 2009, the last year that the flipbook was published. Despite a six-year hiatus, the A Kindness a Day calendar is back with suggestions, sources, and inspiration that will motivate readers to enter the New Year by playing an active role within their communities.
“Charity, kindness, and social justice must be an integral part of everyone’s day,” explains Daniel Rothner, Areyvut’s founder and director. “The 2016 calendar allows for these core Jewish values to become more aligned to the context of people’s daily lives. A Kindness a Day is a great educational tool for children and adults alike, as well as homes, schools, and other organizations–both as a guide to help instill Jewish values into one’s life and as a springboard for discussion and study.”
The 2016 calendar includes 366 suggestions as to how you can incorporate the values of kindness, charity, and social action into your daily life, 366 sources from traditional Jewish texts, a thematic index that categorizes the acts of kindness by theme (ex: loving your neighbor, tending to the sick, volunteering, prayer, etc.), and a glossary of terms.
A Kindness a Day has become a national phenomenon, and is sold to individuals, synagogues, and schools throughout the country. Calendars can be purchased at www.areyvut.org/shop. For sample pages and additional information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.