Days of Gratitude in the media
Powered by M² and in partnership with 365 Jewish organizations, Gratitude Collections feature hundreds of curated educational activities and resources
Jerusalem, May 28, 2021 – The Days of Gratitude initiative, powered by M², today announced the launch of Gratitude Collections, educational resources designed to help educators, Rabbis, professionals, parents and everyone between guide their learners and communities in cultivating gratitude and elevating everyday life.
Curated together with dozens of partner organizations, the Gratitude Collections feature hundreds of free resources. The first six themed collections – Social Justice, Relationships, Inheritance, Environment, Meaning Making, and Community – include activities that engage learners’ heads, hearts, hands, and spirit. Created to align with current events, Jewish holidays, and social issues, the collections’ activities are geared toward different audiences and ages. Most activities can be completed in 20 minutes or less and can be enjoyed on one’s own, or alongside family, friends, students, communities, and organizations
“Gratitude is a muscle that must be exercised. In a year filled with disruptions and conflicts, cultivating this muscle has never been more important. Counting our blessings and blessing what counts requires attention, intention and dedicated time”, says Shuki Taylor, CEO of M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, and Co-Director at Days of Gratitude. “What began as a 9-day campaign at the start of the pandemic has resulted in a powerful set of resources that can help us cultivate a sense of personal and communal wellbeing.”
The Gratitude Collections is a culmination of the Days of Gratitude initiative. Inspired by the “Aseret Yemei Todah” by Beit Prat — Israeli Midrasha, Days of Gratitude was first launched with the backdrop of the pandemic in December 2020, garnering participation from Actor Mayim Bialik and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and revealing a monthly set of activities, prompts, and inspiration, related to the Jewish calendar and designed to take learners on a gratitude experience.
The initiative was extended and continued as a six-month journey embraced by more than 360 organizational partners and 3,500 subscribers, and with acts and expressions of gratitude reaching more than 34,000 people. With the Gratitude Collections, the Days of Gratitude initiative continues.
Days of Gratitude is powered by M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and developed in partnership with dozens of organizations. It is supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Maimonides Fund, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation through The Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund. Learn more at https://gratitudedays.com
Against the backdrop of the pandemic — and at a time of uncertainty and chaos — Days of Gratitude was first celebrated in May 2020 by more than 315 organizational partners and 3,500 subscribers, with special messages from Mayim Bialik, Sheryl Sandberg, and Tal Ben Shachar. Acts and expressions of gratitude reached more than 34,000 people.
Now, Days of Gratitude returns as a six-month gratitude journey, starting on Hanukkah and culminating with a seven-day worldwide celebration of gratitude, leading up to the festival of Shavuot.
19 November, 2020- Days of Gratitude is an initiative which seeks to ground us in the moments that matter, help us count our blessings, and bless what really counts. By marking these moments, we hope to become more attuned to the good around us and see ourselves as part of a more just, compassionate, and resilient world.
Powered by M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education and developed in partnership with dozens of organizations, Days of Gratitude invites the general public on a six-month journey to notice — and express gratitude for — the unnoticed blessings in our lives.
Every month between December 2020 (Hanukkah) and April 2021, subscribers will be invited to embark on a monthly, three-day gratitude experience featuring prompts, resources, and activities designed to increase resilience and hope at a time when we need them most. In May 2021, Days of Gratitude will culminate with a seven-day worldwide celebration of gratitude, leading up to the festival of Shavuot.
Days of Gratitude is free and open to everyone. You can participate on your own, along with family and friends, within communities and organizations, or across the global community. Days of Gratitude can also be experienced as a curriculum for leaders, educators, and Rabbis to facilitate their institutions’ activities.
Days of Gratitude is supported by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Maimonides Fund, and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation through The Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund. It was originally created and launched in Israel as “Aseret Yemei Todah” by Beit Prat — Israeli Midrasha.
Days of Gratitude is powered by M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. Learn more at ieje.org
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