This year's Mitzvah Day is so popular that there is a wait list for volunteers.
Mitzvah Day is when hundreds of volunteers from metro Detroit pitch in to make Christmas a brighter day for their neighbors and community members. Organized by the Jewish Community Relations Council, Mitzvah Day started about 20 years ago, said co-chair Micki Grossman, of Farmington Hills. She said it started with the idea of volunteering around the community every month at places like nursing homes and hospitals. "Then someone came up with the idea that on Christmas Day, as Jewish people, we don't have anything to do," said Grossman, who has been co-chair of Mitzvah Day for six or seven years and before that a volunteer and site coordinator. Mitzvah literally means commandment, so volunteers see this as a way to fulfill their obligation …
Attendees gather to spread message of unity, understanding at Hidden Falls Gurdwara in Plymouth Township.
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- John McKay
Thursday, August 9, 2012
When a white supremacist gunman killed six members of a Sikh community Sunday in Oak Creek, WI, before taking his own life, the tragedy prompted an effort by Sikhs to promote education, understanding and unity. Hidden Falls Gurdwara Sahib in Plymouth hosted a prayer service and candlelight vigil Wednesday open to the general public and attended by several Sikh and interfaith communities from Metro Detroit to increase outreach and understanding of a faith still foreign to many Americans. "In the three days since this has happened, there has been a lot of outreach," said Dalpreet Saluja of Ann Arbor, a five-year member of Hidden Falls Gurdwara Sahib's congregation. The biggest message to take out of the tragedy, Saluja said, is education …