Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
American Friends of Beit Issie Shapiro 
Address
51 East 42nd Street, 11th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10017 
Website
www.afobis.org 
Contact Person
Bill Edelstein 
Title
New York Director 
Phone
212-586-2464 
Fax
212-246-4914 
Email
bedelstein@afobis.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Beit Issie Shapiro, established in 1981 in Ra'anana, Israel, assists people with a wide range of disabilities, including mental retardation, autism, cerebral palsy, rare developmental syndromes and other functional disorders. Beit Issie Shapiro's mission is to promote the rights and quality of life of people with special needs and their families. Their experienced and dedicated staff are committed to providing a wide range of high quality therapeutic and support services within a responsible and caring community.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

By taking part in Beit Issie Shapiro's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, boys and girls can share their celebrations with children with special needs. This unique program offers the celebrant a wonderful opportunity to:
 
* Fulfill his or her role as a member of the House of Israel
 
* Express a sense of social responsibility -Learn about children with special needs
 
* Engage in acts of loving kindness
 
* Enhance the quality of life and well-being of others
 
* Foster new friendships
 
There are many ways that you may choose to help: You may ask your guests to make a gift (either in cash or via in-kind donations) to Beit Issie Shapiro in lieu of Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts. You may introduce Beit Issie Shapiro to your family and friends at your celebration event. Beit Issie Shapiro will be happy to provide you with appropriate information giveaways. Support one of Beit Issie Shapiro's special projects by sponsoring a particular program or by purchasing therapeutic equipment.

Organization
American Friends of Jordan River Village 
Address
244 Madison Avenue, Suite 482 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10016 
Website
www.jrv.org.il/eng_index.htm 
Contact Person
Shira Leeds 
Title
Assistant Director 
Phone
917.626.1869 
Email
Shira@afjrv.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The mission of the Jordan River Village To enrich the lives of Jewish and Arab children, in Israel and in the neighboring countries, suffering from serious illnesses and life-threatening conditions by creating free, fun-filled, memorable, empowering, medically sound and safe camping experiences. The American Friends of Jordan River Village serves to build awareness and support for the JRV by making friends and planning events in North America. To this end, our organization works with our leadership to raise funds through private, foundation and corporate donations.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Here are a number of other ways you can work with Jordan River Village (JRV) on your Mitzvah Project. • You can connect to participants and staff through a pen-pal program and/or video conferencing. • Incorporate JRV into your speech or Dvar Torah. • Select an item from the JRV wish list and donate it in honor of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In your invitation you can include information about this and ask your guests to contribute in your honor. • Distribute JRV brochures at your party or have an information table with materials. • Organize an event such as a walk-a-thon, three-on-three basketball tournament, battle of the bands or something else to raise awareness and funds to support JRV. • Have centerpieces that can be donated to JRV and a card on the table explaining about the camp and saying they will be donated • When in Israel visit JRV with your parents and meet the campers and staff. • If you have older siblings, relatives or friends encourage them to volunteer at JRV. • If you are celebrating your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel come have your party and celebration at JRV. • Highlight your project by writing an article for your local Jewish paper, synagogue bulletin or school newspaper. • Highlight your project using social media and invite others to join you. • Post a video highlighting your project to YouTube. • Have a JRV video playing at your party highlighting JRV's important work. • Invite a JRV camper or staff member to speak about JRV at your event. • Host a JRV scholar in residence in conjunction with your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

Organization
American Friends of Kishorit 
Address
Mobile Post 
City
Bikat Beit Hakerem 
Zip
20123 
Website
www.Kishorit.org 
Contact Person
Shira Reifman 
Title
Director of PR and Development 
Phone
04-908-5110 
Fax
04-998-6810 
Email
Shira.Kishorit@gmail.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Kishorit is a kibbutz in Israel's Galilee for adults with special needs. Kishorit provides a warm, supportive community, meaningful and productive employment, a wide range of leisure-time activities, and opportunities for integration into the general community.
Some Kishorit members work outside of Kishorit, while most work on behalf of the community in one of our own businesses, including the largest organic goat dairy in Israel, a cheese making factory, a wooden toy factory, a dog kennel where champion schnauzer are bred, a free-range egg farm that sells 400,000 eggs annually, an organic bakery, a communications center that produces a monthly TV show for public television, a winery that bottled 13,000 bottles of wine this year, and an organic vegetable garden.
Kishorit is also home to the Ziv Kishorit Democratic High School, a school for Jewish and Arab teenagers with mental illnesses. By giving these teenagers an education and equipping them with healthy coping skills, the Ziv school gets teenagers out of psychiatric hospitals and gives them a second chance at life.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
There are a variety of B'nai Mitzvah programs available through Kishorit and the Ziv Kishorit Democratic High School. A member of our staff will be happy to work with you and your family to tailor a Bar or Bat Mitzvah experience that best suits your personal interests and needs.
Some ideas might include:
1) Purchase Kishorit's wooden toys to use as centerpieces and then donate them to a local children's hospital or shelter.
2) Serve Kishorit wine at your party.
3) Use Kishorit cards, featuring artwork by Kishorit members for your invitations.
4) Skype with members of Kishorit or with students at the Ziv Kishorit high school.
We also need your help raising funds for some really important projects at Kishorit. We can help you write a letter to your guests or create a fundraising event or campaign. Some sponsorship opportunities include (but aren't limited to:)
1)Sponsor a game night and refreshments for the members in the lounge -- $300
2)Sponsor materials for our textile arts course -- $500
3)Repair the petting zoo enclosures -- $1,000
4)Provide therapeutic riding lessons for one member for a year -- $1800
5)Purchase a new camera for the Communications Center -- $3,000
6)Plant and nurture 2 acres of seasonal vegetables in the organic garden -- $5,000
7)Purchase the grand entrance doors of the new Kishorit synagogue -- $11,000
8)Sponsor food for all of the dogs in the Kishorit kennel for one year -- $15,000
9)Help furnish the Kishorit synagogue with the purchase of a “shulchan, central table” -- $18,000
In addition, B'nei Mitzvah celebrants and their families will be invited for a special tour of Kishorit on their next trip to Israel. You can taste our organic cookies, play with our puppies, visit our therapeutic riding stable, taste our goat cheese, be interviewed in our TV studio and many other special activities.
You will also receive a special certificate of recognition for your contribution to our kibbutz community.

Organization
American Friends of Magen David Adom 
Address
352 Seventh Avenue, Suite 400 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10001 
Website
www.afmda.org 
Contact Person
Hannah Alstein 
Title
Campaign Associate 
Phone
646-388-7504 
Email
halstein@afmda.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Magen David Adom is Israel’s ambulance, blood-services, and disaster-relief organization, serving as emergency medical first responders for the state’s more than 8 million people. MDA is the only organization mandated by the Israeli government to serve in this role, but it’s not a government agency, so it relies on people like you for funding. Through your gift, you’re saving lives.
American Friends of Magen David Adom (AFMDA) is the largest supporter of MDA worldwide.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
When it comes to raising money for Magen David Adom, the power is in your hands. Are you having a bar or bat mitzvah? Celebrating an anniversary? Walking, running, or biking? Maybe even going skydiving or shaving your head? You can start your own campaign for all those reasons and more.
Create your own personalized fundraising page and inspire friends and family to join you in supporting MDA. You can spread the word directly from your page with email and social media sharing tools.
To get started, create your very own fundraising page by visiting http://saving-lives.afmda.org/
If you have any questions, please contact Hannah Alstein at 646-388-7504.

Organization
American Friends of Meir Panim 
Address
5316 New Utrecht Avenue 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11219 
Website
www.meirpanim.org 
Contact Person
Deobrah Brown 
Title
Project Director 
Phone
718-437-9100 
Fax
718-437-0999 
Email
deborah@meirpanim.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
American Friends of Meir Panim was established to help alleviate and diminish the harmful effects of poverty on thousands of families across Israel. The need to help needy Israeli families break out of the vicious cycle of poverty is something that could not be ignored. American Friends of Meir Panim is steadfast in its mission to keep children-at-risk in productive environments, sustaining them and providing an opportunity for a brighter future.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

PROJECT CONNECT - There are many boys and girls, just like you, who will soon be reaching their Bar and Bat Mitzvah age.  For these children, the celebration of this momentous occasion is nothing but a distant dream.  Don't these children deserve to joyfully celebrate this momentous occasion?  Your can help!

By participating in our rewarding PROJECT CONNECT, you can CONNECT with another boy or girl in Israel by choosing to sponsor their Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration; you can COMMUNICATE with another young adult that you have helped, making a lasting friendship you can COMMEMORATE your own Bar or Bat Mitzvah by joining out Connection List, Honor Roll Book, or dedicating a plaque on our Wall of Tributes in Israel.  By participating, you can receive a free personalized gift from Israel!  But most importantly, doing this tremendous mitzvah will leave a lasting impression upon the children that you help.

There are countless ways of helping out -  you can use our centerpieces, invitations, placecards, or do a fun, creative project.  You are also encouraged to come visit our facilities in Israel to volunteer or just to say hi!  Fore more information, please contact deborah@meirpanim.org or call Toll Free (877) 736-6283.  Thousands of Israeli children join us in thanking you for bringing hope and happiness to their lives.  You CAN make a difference!  Through this act of kindness, you will be contributing to a brighter Jewish future through our project and services.  MAZAL  TOV!!!

Organization
American Friends of Migdal Ohr 
Address
1560 Broadway, Suit 807 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10036 
Website
www.migdalohrusa.org 
Contact Person
Beth Nussbaum 
Title
National Director of Development 
Phone
212-397-3700 
Fax
212- 397-8515 
Email
beth@migdalohrusa.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Migdal Ohr was founded by Israel Prize Laureate, Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, to provide a nurturing home and an outstanding education to abused, orphaned, impoverished and new immigrant Israeli Children. The organization now cares for and educates over 6,500 Israeli children. From nursery to high school, children are given dormitories, mentors, friends, clothing, books, libraries, recreation, enrichment classes and whatever it takes to lift them up and help them lead productive and meaningful lives. The landmark achievement of the organization is its graduates who are becoming doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, rabbis, army officers, community leaders, and teachers. Disadvantaged graduates with no families are given additional post-graduate job and career skills training to enable them to become economically independent and integrated into mainstream Israel.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

* In lieu of Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts, children can ask their family and friends to make a contribution towards the children of Migdal Ohr.
 
* In lieu of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration in the USA, children and their families can sponsor a celebration in Israel to include Migdal Ohr children who have no family and would not be able to enjoy such a celebration without the sponsor.
 
* Children can share their Bar/Bat Mitzvah joy by sharing their gifts with a number disadvantaged Bar/Bat Mitzvah children of Migdal Ohr.

Organization
American Friends of the IDF Rabbinate 
Address
5 Sutton Road 
City
Monsey 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10952 
Website
afidfr.youngisrael.org/ 
Email
yaidfr@gmail.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
To supplement religious items for soldiers in the Israel Defense forces.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Projects can include: adopting a brigade, supplying various religious articles (mezuzot, prayerbooks, succot), and Gemilat Chessed projects to help soldiers who are the "breadwinners" of their families, by sending care packages to their families for Shabbat and Holidays.

Organization
American Friends of Yad Eliezer 
Address
1102 E. 26th Street 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11210 
Website
www.yadeliezer.org 
Contact Person
Sori Tropper 
Title
Director 
Phone
(718) 258-1580 
Fax
(718) 252-0090 
Email
sori@yadeliezer.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Yad Eliezer aims to combat poverty in Israel on the individual, communal, and national level by providing critical short-term relief while simultaneously confronting the underlying causes of indigence, forging broad-based solutions that empower long-term financial and emotional stability.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Yad Eliezer has several programs that are suitable for Bnai Mizvot. Since YE only operates in Israel this would not be a hands on project but would rather involve putting together enough money - through friends and projects (such as centerpieces or basketball tournaments). The first one is its Big Brother, Big Sister program, which YE can separately email more information to you. The second is its Tefillin program where a Bar/Bat Mitzvah "adopts" a contemporary in Israel from an indigent family and enables them to purchase a pair of Tefillin. Lastly, Yad Eliezer distributes infant formual to babies from indigent families who cannot be nursed.  The cost of this program is $1 a day, $30 a month and $360 a year. In addition wehva etzedakah boxes for the baby fund that are beautifully designed.

Organization
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 
Address
711 3rd Avenue 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10017 
Website
www.jdc.org 
Contact Person
Debra Romm 
Title
Director, Resource Development Systems & Operations 
Phone
(212) 885-0891 
Fax
(212) 370-5467 
Email
debrar@jdcny.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
JDC is the overseas arm of the organized North American Jewish community. Based on JDC's commitment to the idea that all Jews are responsible for one another - kol Yisrael areivim zeh la'zeh - JDC sponsors programs of relief, rescue, and renewal in communities around the world. The number of people assisted by JDC since 1914 reaches into the millions, and they have had a presence at one time or another in over 85 countries.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
JDC welcomes and encourages efforts of Jewish youth to support its programs. They recommend that the person doing the project select one of their many programs, to which they have a particular interest, or connection, such as the country of their family roots, an age category, or content of the project itself, and contribute financial support directly to that project.

Organization
American Zionist Movement 
Address
633 Third Avenue Second Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10017 
Website
www.azm.org 
Contact Person
Karen Rubenstein 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
212-318-6100 
Email
azm@azm.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The American Zionist Movement (AZM) is a coalition of groups and individuals committed to Zionism: the idea that the Jewish people is one people with a shared history, values and language. AZM is the American affiliate of the World Zionist Organization, the Zionist Federation in the United States. The mission of the American Zionist Movement is to strengthen the connection of American Jews with Israel; develop their appreciation of the centrality of Israel to Jewish life worldwide; deepen their understanding of Israeli society and the challenges it faces; encourage travel, long-term visits and Aliyah to Israel; and to facilitate dialogue, debate and collective action to further Zionism in the United States and abroad.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Bring Israel's Soldiers Home Now Children can learn about the Jewish and moral issues associated with the abduction of Israeli soldiers, including pidyon shevuyim and tikkun olam. (www.azm.org/guide.shtml). The guide engages students in learning about current events and their social responsibility to better the world through background information, role-playing dialogues, and questions for discussion.
After learning about the issues involved, students can take action through:
 
* AZM's postcard campaign (http://www.azm.org/postcards3.shtml), featuring pre-written, pre-addressed postcards demanding a sign of life of the soldiers
 
* AZM dogtags (http://www.azm.org/dogtag.shtml), which students can wear to raise awareness of the issue and sell as a fundraiser
 
* Downloadable posters (http://www.azm.org/posters.shtml), which can be displayed around a school, synagogue or community center at a rally or holiday-appropriate materials to be used on Passover and Chanukkah:
   * "Four More Sons, Four More Questions": http://www.azm.org/seder.shtml
   * "Light a Candle -- Wear a Dogtag -- Remember the Soldiers":
   http://www.azm.org/chanusoldiers.shtml
 
Plan a Bar or Bat Mitzvah using the theme of working to bring back Israel's abducted soldiers: Your Bar or Bat Mitzvah marks your acceptance of responsibility as a Jewish adult. What better way to underscore the significance of this special day than by using it to advocate for the release of fellow Jews, captured by terrorists while fighting to keep Israel safe?
 
Here are some party ideas.
 
* Use AZM Dog Tags as party favors
 
* Hand out Postcards which your guests can fill out and send to UN, Red Cross and US Department of State officials, demanding that they take action
 
* Print out and hang Posters that broadcast the message: Bring Israel's Soldiers Home Now!

Organization
AMIT 
Address
817 Broadway 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10003 
Website
www.amitchildren.org 
Contact Person
Laurie Georgeou 
Title
Development 
Phone
212-792-5025 
Fax
(212) 353-2312 
Email
laurieg@amitchildren.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

AMIT enables Israel's youth to realize their potential and strengthens Israeli society by educating and nurturing children from diverse backgrounds within a framework of academic excellence, religious values and Zionist ideals.  AMIT educates and cares for Israel's youth, including the most vulnerable children in Israel.  Some 70 percent of AMIT students cope with educational, psychological, economic and/or social risk factors.  AMIT approaches each child as an individual, maximizing his or her potential, and enabling our students to become vital, productive members of Israeli society.  The AMIT schools promote religious tolerance, service to the state and recognition that every child is blessed with unique talents and abilities.  Founded in 1925, AMIT educates and cares for almost 25,000 children in 98 facilities throughout Israel, constituting Israel's only government-recognized network of religious Jewish education incorporating academic and technological studies.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

AMIT cares for more than 25,000 children in Israel.  Many do not have families with whom to celebrate, with whom to share life's experiences, with whom to plan the milestone of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah.  Many have families living below the poverty line.  Some are children of immigrants who are struggling to make their way in a new homeland.  AMIT's Bar and Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program offers the opportunity to have your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or friend's child approaching his or her Bar or Bat mitzvah to bond with an AMIT child in Israel, who is also preparing for this special day.  By "twinning" a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, you will add a dimension of Tzedakah to your child's celebration and provide an underprivileged child in Israel with the memories of a lifetime.

Organization
ARC of Essex County 
Address
123 Naylon Avenue 
City
Livingston 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07039 
Website
www.arcessex.org 
Contact Person
Judy Bellina 
Title
Coordinator of Volunteer Supports 
Phone
(973) 535-1181 x1223 
Fax
(973) 535-4314 
Email
jbellina@arcessex.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

The ARC of Essex County will leave no avenue unexplored in the effort to enable those who have developmental disabilities to realize individual goals and to learn, work, play, and coexist with dignity in the community.

We believe that the fabric of our society is enriched by all of us in different ways. Those of us with developmental disabilities are simply different, not lesser, threads in that fabric.

Because we believe this, The ARC provides direct service to those with developmental disabilities and their families and acts as an advocate by advancing their interests.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Most programs in The ARC have a policy of not involving volunteers until 14 yrs. of age. However, we can and have made exceptions to the rule especially with Bnai Mitzvah Projects. We try to customize the activity or project to meet the needs of the students involved.