For thousands of years, Jewish communities around the world have emphasized charity as an important element of religious life. Good deeds are called mitzvahs, and doing them is considered a blessing.
In the spirit of teaching examples of good deeds to children, the Valley Alliance Jewish Federation, a social service group, will sponsor its second annual "Mitzvathon," a festival celebrating good deeds, on Sunday.
The festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bernard Milken Jewish Community Campus in West Hills, will run concurrently with the United Jewish Fund's annual "Super Sunday" fund-raising campaign, which benefits social service groups around the Southland.
During the festival, children will make food baskets, plant trees and write get-well cards to ailing people. Federation officials estimate that more than 15,000 tzedakah, or charity boxes, will be made.