Shalom families are 'mitzvah superheroes' to firefighters on Community Helper Day


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Children and parents make 'mitzvah superhero' capes and special cards for the firefighters.

Twenty-five families from the Greater Orlando Jewish community gathered on the morning of Feb. 28 for Community Helper Day at Orlando Fire Station Number 1, 78 West Central Blvd. The event was organized and sponsored by Shalom Families/PJ Library, a program of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando.

Families started the day with a mitzvah, bringing non-perishable food for Jewish Family Services' Pearlman Food Pantry. JFGO also gave bagels to the firefighters, who led a hands-on tour of the fire station.

Following the tour, the children and parents sang songs, made "mitzvah superhero" capes and colored special cards for the firefighters to show their appreciation for keeping the community safe.

The next Shalom Families/PJ Library event is set for Sunday, April 10, at the Matzah Factory (Chabad of North Orlando, Lake Mary) from 12:30 p.m. to 2 pm. The program will feature a fun and interactive telling of the Passover story and making matzah. For more details and to sign up, go to

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The cape kits came rolled up with a poem, "Be helpful and kind in everyway; And you will be a mitzvah superhero everyday!"


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