Make a 'mitzvah' to honor victims of terrorist attacks

By Matt Porter

September 11, 2013 Updated Sep 12, 2013 at 1:22 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Jewish students at Binghamton University encouraged fellow students and teachers to make a "mitzvah," or do a good deed, to honor victims of terrorist attacks.

Wednesday's annual "Mitzvah Marathon" was a day-long event held for the past 11 years on Sept. 11 to honor victims of the attacks in New York City, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania.

The word mitzvah translates into "good deed."

President of BU Chabad Lucy Schwartz asked people to take the mitzvah challenge and pledge a good deed.

"We still are remembering the victims of 9/11 and the best way to do it is to do good deeds in their memory to make the world a better place each day, each deed, each year," Schwartz said.

Student Eleazar Weissman said there's no better way than doing a good deed to commemorate the day.

"Being it the remembrance day of 9/11, I feel more obliged to do that," Weissman said. "It's important that we remember them and important that we do good things."

This year, the group added the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing to their list of honorees.

The group offered chances to donate food to the homeless, money to local charities, or donate blood, among other ways of doing a good in honor of the victims of terrorism.