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Jewish congregation in Salt Lake City performs service to honor MLK Jr.’s memory

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Posted at 9:27 PM, Jan 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-18 10:14:08-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City’s Jewish congregation Kol Ami celebrated "Mitzvah Day" Sunday, and they performed acts of service to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The congregation normally hosts religious classes on Sunday mornings, but every year on Martin Luther King Day weekend they focus on community service projects.

Event organizers said a mitzvah, in Jewish tradition, is an obligation to better the world.

“It’s our job as partners with God to perfect the world, to make the world be the way God intended it to be,” Cantor Wendy Bat-Sarah, Director of Rafi Schwartz Religious School, said.

The group made sack lunches for those who are homeless, and they are also making blankets that will go to children who are taken from traumatic situations.