Jews work together
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-05-25
Jews from across the world and from different religious backgrounds are uniting to mark the Jewish month of Cheshvan as Jewish Social Action Month in which Jews can celebrate the month by helping others.
The month which coincides with October 23 to November 21 is the only Jewish month without any type of festival and is known as Mar-Cheshvan - bitter Cheshvan and now Israeli President Moshe Katsav who supports the initiative say this should now lead to the removal of the word Mar.
"Social action is a vital part of the Jewish tradition that unites Jews of many different religious and cultural backgrounds." said Jay Michaelson of the Koldor organisation that is behind the project, "Until now, there has been no single holiday devoted to it. Everyone can celebrate Jewish Social Action Month in the way that is most relevant to them and their communities."
As well as President Katsav, other leaders and supporters include US President George Bush, Liverpool MP Louise Ellman and British Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.
Youth organisations including Hillel, Bnei Akiva and Habonim Dror will also be taking part.