The students of Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami are well known for their over-the-top ahavas yisroel—love of their fellow Jews. Just three years ago the student body raised $18,000 dollars for the rocket-riddled Israeli communities of Sderot and Neharia. Another program encouraged them to give a gift of “mitzvahs” in honor the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Jewish people—which resulted in the collective performance of 22,180 mitzvahs. Past accomplishments have made it clear—the children of Lubavitch Educational Center are ready for anything. In fact, they were ready for a new mission: “Succos—No Jew Will be Left Behind.”
In honor of the holiday of Succos, Lubavitch Elementary School arranged a Mivtzoyim “contest” whereby all students pledged to head to the streets, malls, nursing homes and hospitals to help as many people as possible perform the mitzvah of lulav and esrog.
To enable all boys and girls to perform the mitzvah of lulav and esrog and be able to do it with others, every student who pledged to go on Mivtzoyim on Succos was given their very own kosher lulav and esrog set.
The students also had the special opportunity to learn techniques of braiding their own lulav bands from strips of palm branches. Upon the completion of their 100% kosher bound lulav, hadas and arovos the children practiced the essential blessings and movements when performing the mitzvah of lulav and esrog in order to properly help the people they met.
To say that this project took the school by storm would be an understatement. Every single elementary school student committed to perform the tremendous mission, resulting in over 2,500 people performing this important mitzvah—some for the first time in their lives. Indeed, thanks to these young foot soldiers the holiday of Succos took on a new meaning for many Jews in our community.
The Mivtzoyim was under the directorship of Lubavitch Educational Center’s Program Director Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel. The Lubavitch Elementary School is a part of Lubavitch Educational Center, which also includes Lubavitch Preschool and Beis Chana Middle and High School for Girls. Under the directorship of Rabbi Benzion Korf, the school serves children from pre-nursery through 12th grade.