26 Acts of Kindness

by | Dec 19, 2012 | Our Stories

Rashi 5th Graders write letters of comfort to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

Rashi 5th Graders write letters of comfort to the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School

Dear Rashi Community,

At a heartbreaking time like this, our core values at Rashi can be a valuable guide and foundation to doing good in the world.  Our tradition teaches that one way to counter-act evil is to outweigh the evil with ma’asim tovim – good deeds. We learn from the rabbis that “the world rests on three things, on Torah, on Avoda (worship) and on Gemilut Chasadim (deeds of loving kindness). Love, compassion, prayer and deeds of loving kindness for all people can help re-align the world.

It is in that spirit that the Rashi community will be joining others from all over the country to commit to doing acts of kindness in memory of those who lost their lives on that tragic day and in honor of those who survived.

When should you start?

You can begin right now! We have included a list of concrete examples of acts of kindness. Our hope is that this list will get you thinking about the range of possibilities and inspire you to create your own expressions of kindness.

How can you start? 

Share your acts of kindness with the Rashi community by going to the Rashi blog and posting them in the comment box. There you also will be able to learn what others are doing in our school community.

Our goal is to “bundle” every 26 acts of kindness that we receive from the Rashi community and share them with the Sandy Hook community.

While the profound sadness remains, turning to our core values and doing ma’asim tovim – good deeds – is a meaningful place to start.


Rabbi Clevenger

Rabbi Ellen

Stephanie Rotsky

Ideas for Acts of Kindness

Walk a neighbor’s dog.

Photograph someone being kind to another.

Transport someone who can’t drive.

Invite a classmate to eat lunch with you.

Treat a friend to the movies.

Make a slide show of favorite photos for a friend or family member.

Make dinner for someone who has just returned from the hospital.

Plant a tree.

Surprise someone and invite him/her for a first-ever sleep over.

Write notes of appreciation at least once a week.

Give up your seat for someone, not just an elderly person.

Make a video for someone with whom you haven’t spoken in awhile.

Smile a lot. Hug a lot.

Donate to a food pantry or homeless shelter.

Tutor a student; be a reading buddy.

Put some coins in someone else’s parking meter.

Make a card at home and send it to a friend.

Help an elderly neighbor carry the garbage out.

Tell all your family members how much you appreciate them.

Bring flowers to someone who is sad.

Read to a child.

Donate 26 pairs of socks to a homeless shelter.

Give another driver your parking spot.

Make a CD mix of your favorite music for a teacher, sibling or a parent.

Donate books to a daycare center or school.

Collect mittens or hats and give to those in need.

Let someone go ahead of you in line at the grocery store.

Surprise construction workers on a cold, rainy day with hot chocolate.

Take your dog and pay a visit to a housebound person.

Visit someone who is sick and cheer her/him up with funny stories.

Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.

Send a handwritten note of thanks to a person who has helped you in   the past.

Visit with an elderly person and listen to their stories.

Give a huge tip to someone when s/he least expects it.

Smile a lot. Love a lot.