Mitzvah Opportunities

Mitzvah Opportunities

The Russian Jewish Division supports and promotes the ideal of Jews caring for Jews, while being a positive element in the world at large. RJD organizes annual Food Drives, social and cultural programs with seniors, veterans and holocaust survivors, volunteering in soup kitchens, and packing holiday packages for families in need. You can make this world a better place one step at a time. Check out upcoming events and projects. Read about RJD's past events and take a look at the photo albums. Subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter.

L'Dor V'dor

L'Dor V'Dor - from Generation to Generation - is a volunteer project of the Tikkun Olam Volunteer Network by JUF's Russian Jewish Division in cooperation with the Management Board of WWII Veteran Association in Chicago.

The project includes:

  • home visits to Russian-Jewish WWII veterans and Russian-speaking Holocaust survivors on their birthdays
  • home visits and help on Victory Day Celebration
  • home visits to deliver food packages during the holidays

Every month a group of volunteers from the Russian-speaking Jewish community visits 2-4 veterans, and visit over 150 veterans during Victory Day Celebrations. Our volunteers deliver around 430 packages during the holidays to veterans' apartments. Young adults and young families bring flowers and smiles and spend up to an hour with veterans, congratulating them and listening to their stories. More than 40-50 volunteers from the Russian-speaking community are involved in this project. More than 500 Russian-Jewish WWII veterans in Chicago area are visited every year.

Veterans of this project are all heroes who deserve much more attention that they have received, and very often, even with family around the block, they still feel very lonely. We need your help to make veterans' day THE DAY. We have those who turn 90 and even 100! Time for the visit can be arranged based on availability. Volunteers will be reimbursed for flowers if needed.

Join our volunteer crew for a great mitzvah of loving-kindness!

For more information about this opportunity, please email us at

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RJD programs are funded, in part, by Genesis Philanthropy Group