Last week, the Chronicle asked its readers in an electronic poll the following question: “Will you be participating in this year’s Mitzvah Day on Dec. 26?” Of the 119 people who responded, 44% said they do not participate in Mitzvah Day, and 34% said they while they have participated in Mitzvah Day in the past, they will not do so this year. Seventeen percent of those who responded said they would be participating with an in-person mitzvah and 5% said they would be doing a virtual mitzvah. Thirty-three people submitted comments. A few follow.
A tradition in our family!
I’m in Florida for the winter and I will try to do something in Florida.
If we weren’t going to be out of town, we would definitely participate. A great day!
An organized Mitzvah Day would make more sense in Elul, not aligned with a Christian holiday.
With the rise, again, of various COVID strains (and I’m guessing most participants will be jabbed) I don’t want to be with a lot of people I don’t know.
Not on Mitzvah Day, but I am volunteering on Christmas for a community event for the needy.
Did it previously with a friend and we were not well-received. Will not do it again.
I wish there were more in-person activities at the South Hills Jewish Community Center as in the past.
Too many volunteers were scheduled and there was nothing to do.
I am overextended in my volunteer work at the moment. I can’t add another activity!
We are traveling this year but we so enjoyed Mitzvah Day in the past. It is such a wonderful yearly event as is the idea behind it!
I give a lot of charitable donations independent of Mitzvah Day. Every day is Mitzvah Day.
We participated for many years, but not in 2020 or 2021 due to both COVID concerns and elimination of the activity we performed. Hoping next year…. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick