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November 2, 2012 By:
Lynne B. Edelman, Jewish Federation Feature


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Volunteers at Project Paws Up will help make their shelter stays warmer and drier while they await adoption.
Five hundred adults, ages 18 and older, will receive free flu shots and lunch at the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia on Sunday, Nov. 11, courtesy of the Einstein Healthcare Network. This special Mitzvah Mania immunization project, being offered from 10 1 p.m., is one of the many examples of the life-changing, community-transforming opportunities available during the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s fifth annual day of community service. 
While you wait on Nov. 11, enjoy a presentation of “Move Over Dr. Oz,” hosted by Federation’s Health Care Affinity Network. You’ll learn basic armchair aerobic exercises, receive some valuable nutritional tips and get some of your basic medical questions answered. All while enjoying a fabulous musical program in English, Yiddish and Hebrew! Blood pressure screenings will also be available and all participants will receive a gift bag to take home.
Sign up to receive your free flu shot at the Klein JCC website:
It’s Kosher and Delicious To Buy Donuts for Mitzvah Mania….
….As long as they are made by Krispy Kreme. Between now and Nov. 8, you can purchase dozens of these sweet treats online at the company's website, and Krispy Kreme will donate 50 percent of sales proceeds to the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in support of Mitzvah Mania!
To order, visit:
Simply scroll down to the Online Store, select Mitzvah Mania, and you will help support this phenomenal day of community service and social action.
Place your orders and pick them up on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the following locations: 
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 2100 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19103;
Kaiserman JCC, 45 Haverford Rd., Wynnewood, PA 19096;
Klein JCC, 10100 Jamison Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Bring the Family to Fairmount Park
Roll your sleeves up and get your hands dirty in Lotus Garden, an urban sanctuary in the Cobbs Creek section of Fairmount Park. Two hundred volunteers, ages 10 and older are needed to clean up and enhance trails and install hydrangeas, asters and other native ferns and flowers in partnership with staff from Fairmount Park’s Conservancy program. This project connects the upper and lower Cobbs Creek trail system to the local community.
This family-friendly Mitzvah Mania activity will be conducted in two shifts of 100 volunteers each. Sign up for either the 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. shifts online at or call the Mitzvah Mania hotline at 215-832-0557.
Helping our furry friends at Mitzvah Mania
In Center City and on the Main Line, Project Paws Up volunteers will improve the quality of life for our canine and feline friends. This family-friendly Mitzvah Mania project will engage volunteers in insulating boxes to keep feral cats warm and dry during the cold winter months. The boxes will then be distributed to a network of volunteers who spay and neuter these cats to keep the population in check.
In addition to the boxes, volunteers will also have the opportunity to create toys out of ping pong balls and fleece to keep the cats entertained and challenged.
Project Paws Up volunteers can create dog beds out of plastic PVC piping that will create a sleeping space for shelter dogs who would otherwise lie down on cold, concrete floors.
Toy making is also on the agenda, and all volunteers are asked to purchase a Kong plastic toy to stimulate the animals and prevent boredom while they await adoption. The Kong toys, which are virtually indestructible, will be stuffed with treats by Animal Lifeline volunteers and then donated to several local animal shelters.
Project Paws Up will be in operation at two sites:
Har Zion Temple, 1500 Hagys Ford Rd., Penn Valley;
Jewish Community Services Building, 2100 Arch St., Center City Philadelphia.
Volunteers are needed from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Register online at: or call the Mitzvah Mania hotline at 215-832-0557.

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