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Bergenfield Organization's 'A Kindness A Day' Calendar Promotes Charity

Daniel Rothner, the founder of Areyvut, looks through one of the 2016 inspritational calendars. Photo Credit: Elana Winchester
Josh Lookstein of Areyvut looks through one of the 2016 calendars. Photo Credit: Elana Winchester

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — A Bergenfield non-profit organization is hoping to bring a sense of kindness to all 365 days of 2016.

Areyvut has revived its “A Kindness A Day” calendar — the first print edition since 2009. 

Every day, there is a suggested act of kindness for kids or adults that corresponds with Jewish text. 

“There have been so many events this year that have challenged the community and break people down and break them apart,” said Elana Winchester, the communications and marketing manager for the organization. She already has a calendar on her desk. 

Areyvut — Hebrew for "mutual responsibility" — sells the calendars at Jewish stores, vendors and at the non-profit itself for $12.95 in 20 states. It is aimed at giving communities inspiration to address the world at large by using positive intentions. 

The Jewish holidays serve as a skeleton for the material. The organization filled in the rest with references, educational material and inspirational quotations. 

Some suggestions include sharing a meal with a person who doesn’t have family, or taking the time out to spend time with the sick or poor. There is an index that addresses specific topics like caring for the environment.

Areyvut's mission is to bring kindness, charity and positive social practices to teens in the surrounding New York and New Jersey communities.  

“The calendar is really about bringing people back together again as one unified group,” Winchester said. “Every date is new.” 

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