Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA) 
Address
247 West 37th Street 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.jasa.org 
Contact Person
Sarah Savago 
Title
Director of Volunteer Services 
Phone
(212) 273-5291 
Fax
(212) 695-4206 
Email
volunteer@jasa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Since 1968, the Jewish Association Serving the Aging and its affiliates with its 3,000 staff and volunteers, have provided social, recreational, health, cultural and educational programs for older persons, regardless of their race, religion or ethnicity to help sustain them in their homes and communities and to offer opportunities for a better quality of life. These services are available in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Bnai Mitzvah projects include their PETS Project and Friendly Visiting Program (which both require parental supervision), school break placements at senior centers, off-site opportunities include telephone reassurance and organizing community pet food, greeting card, and/or holiday gift bag drives.

Organization
Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Inc. 
Address
135 West 50th Street, 6th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10020 
Website
www.jbfcs.org 
Phone
212.582.9100 
Email
volunteer@jbfcs.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services has a century long tradition of helping families and children - a tradition that began with its commitment to poor Jewish families and immigrants. Today, JBFCS is one of the largest mental health and social service agencies in the nation, serving more than 60,000 New Yorkers each year through 140 community based programs, residential facilities and day treatment services. The agency is dedicated to helping people of all ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds while maintaining its commitment to the needs of the Jewish community. JBFCS is one of the nation's premier private voluntary mental health and social service agencies. JBFCS has a diverse network of 140 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment programs located in the city's five boroughs as well as in Westchester County and on Long Island.

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

Join JBFCS's group of caring, dedicated, and committed young people in brightening the lives of children, adults and families in need. JBFCS's rich and rewarding menu of volunteer opportunities offers something for everyone. Opportunities include Homework Helpers, Administrative Tasks, Recreational Activities, Holiday Parties, Arts and Crafts, and more! Commitments vary from one-time events to ongoing opportunities based on individual availability. Please note that a registration or application form will need to be submitted. Interviews are required for long-term commitments. If you are interested in any of these opportunities or in finding out more about our organization, please send an email to Hillary Abrams, Volunteer Services Manager at habrams@jbfcs.org.  Volunteer your crocheting or knitting skills! JBFCS needs people to knit and crochet squares that are assembled into blankets for children in need of comfort, warmth, and love. If you are interested in making blanket squares by yourself, starting a group with friends or in your school, or simply learning more about our project, send JBFCS your name and mailing address and they will send you all the information regarding patterns and needle sizes.

Organization
Jewish Communal Fund 
Address
575 Madison Avenue, Suite 703 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10022 
Website
www.jcfny.org 
Contact Person
Tamar Snyder 
Title
Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives 
Phone
866- 580.4523 
Email
tamar@jcfny.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Jewish Communal Fund facilitates and promotes charitable giving through donor-advised funds. Funds can be established for adults, children or families and are an excellent way to celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, graduation or other life cycle event. Group funds can also be created for schools or clubs. A JCF fund makes it easy for young people to continue their support of the organizations they helped as part of their mitzvah projects, and contribute to additional organizations as well. Donors may recommend grants to the IRS-qualified charities of their choice. JCF makes your giving easy and convenient with online access to your fund. Every year we award grants from the JCF Special Gifts Fund to support causes that promote the welfare and security of the Jewish community at home and abroad. Founded in 1972, Jewish Communal Fund is one of the largest independent donor-advised funds in the nation. For the fourth consecutive year, JCF has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. To give the gift of tzedakah, visit www.jcfny.org.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Jewish Communal Fund (www.jcfny.org) facilitates and promotes charitable giving through donor-advised funds. Funds can be established for adults, children or families and are an excellent way to celebrate a bar or bat mitzvah, wedding, graduation or other life cycle event. Group funds can also be created for schools or clubs. A JCF fund makes it easy for young people to continue their support of the organizations they helped as part of their mitzvah projects, and contribute to additional organizations as well. Donors may recommend grants to the IRS-qualified charities of their choice. JCF makes your giving easy and convenient with online access to your fund. Every year we award grants from the JCF Special Gifts Fund to support causes that promote the welfare and security of the Jewish community at home and abroad. Founded in 1972, Jewish Communal Fund is one of the largest independent donor-advised funds in the nation. For the fourth consecutive year, JCF has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. To give the gift of tzedakah, visit www.jcfny.org.

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

Searching for the perfect Bar or Bat Mitzvah gift? Give your child, grandchild, relative or friend the gift of tzedakah!

In just minutes, you can establish a charitable fund that empowers your child with first-hand experience in charitable giving and sets him or her on a life-long path of helping others. JCF’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Teen Giving Funds can be established with an initial gift of $1,800 on behalf of a child under age 18.

Here’s how it works: Friends and family can make tax-deductible contributions to the fund at any time. JCF will send a tax receipt to all contributors and provide you with a record or all contributions.  Assets in the fund are invested and grow tax-free, generating more charitable dollars for distribution to the qualified charities of your child’s choice.  Your teen can then log online and recommend grants of $36 and above to charity.

A $100 annual fee applies.

Here’s how Aaron used his Bar Mitzvah Fund at JCF:

When Aaron was thinking about his Bar Mitzvah, he was guided by Maimonides’ teachings that the best form of tzedakah is to help people help themselves.  Aaron invited his guests to make contributions to his fund at JCF, established by his parents. How was he planning to use the fund? Aaron identified charities with goals reflecting the top rung of Rambam’s ladder of charity:  a New York-based organization that helps formerly homeless people achieve lives of independence and self-sufficiency; three organizations dedicated to helping Ethiopian – Israeli children integrate into Israeli society; and a social services agency for the elderly.

And here’s how Sarah used her JCF fund:
 
In her invitation, Sarah pledged to donate a portion of the monetary gifts she received to her Bat Mitzvah fund at JCF. When it came time to recommend distributions from her fund, Sarah selected charities that echoed the spirit of her Torah portion, Leviticus 13.  She also made a grant to the synagogue in honor of the Rabbi, Cantor, and religious school educator who helped prepare her for her big day on the bima. In subsequent years, Sarah continued to contribute to her fund from her allowance.  Matching gifts from her parents helped the fund grow.  Now an adult, Sarah recommends grants from her fund on her own.  Her most recent grant: to Birthright Israel for the wonderful opportunity it offers young people like herself to connect with Israel.

Organization
Jewish Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Resource Center 
Address
P O Box 318 
City
Hartsdale 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10530 
Website
www.jdrc.org 
Contact Person
Naomi Brunnlehrman 
Title
Co-Founder & Executive Director 
Phone
(917) 705-8941 
Email
naomijb@aol.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Established in 1996, JDRC builds bridges between Jews who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing and the individuals and organizations which serve the Jewish community throughout North America.

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

* Create a sign language interpreting fund at your synagogue or favorite jewish organization

* Encourage your synagogue or favorite Jewish organization to include Jews who are deaf and hard-of-hearing in their communal events

* Design donation cards so that you can raise money to support JDRC's projects

Organization
Jewish Eco Seminars 
Address
PO Box 28156 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91281 
Website
www.jewishecoseminars.com 
Contact Person
Yonatan Neril 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
+972-54-723-4973 
Email
yneril@jewishecoseminars.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Jewish Eco Seminars (JES) engages and educates the Jewish community by revealing the powerful connection between modern Israel, ecological innovation, and Jewish values. It works to deliver dynamic, experiential educational programming to a wide range of Jews in Israel and North America. In particular, JES capitalizes on the ecological awareness of many young Jews as a point of engagement for strengthening Jewish identity and Israel awareness. Jewish Eco Seminars offers programs spanning 45 minutes to a full day, whether for individuals or groups, in markets, forests, solar sites, and other fascinating sites of ecological interest. The educators guiding our Jewish eco programs possess a very unique skill set that even few tour guides command: extensive background in environmental, combined with in-depth Jewish learning and experience guiding.
In Israel, we provide experiential, guided programs in English, Spanish, and Hebrew on a range of subjects and places for groups, couples and individuals.
In North America, we deliver dynamic talks, classes, and activities on Israel-focused Jewish environmental topics to a range of Jewish institutions.
We also offer distance learning classes on Jewish environmental teachings through an online platform.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We offer the opportunity to do eco volunteering opportunities in Jerusalem for Bnei Mitzva group or family trips.

Organization
Jewish Family & Vocational Service of Middlesex County 
Address
32 Ford Avenue, 2nd Floor 
City
Milltown 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
08850 
Website
www.jfvs.org 
Contact Person
Lisa Mason 
Title
Office Manager Grants Monitor 
Phone
(732) 777-1940 
Fax
(732) 777-1889 
Email
LisaM@jfvs.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
JFVS is committed to helping individuals and families by providing social services, counseling and advocacy. Our programs include Elder day care, Kosher Meals on Wheels, Career and Vocational Services, Immigrant and Refugee services, Women's Center, Family and Children's counseling, workshops, computer and media lab training, ESL training, Holocaust survivor support services, translation and interpretation, recovery assistance, assessments, support groups, SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) and volunteer services.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We run food drives throughout the year as well as a Kosher for Passover food drive in which food is packed and delivered to over 200 families in our area - Volunteers are needed to organize the Kosher Emergency Food Pantry- Office project assistance, such as collating , stuffing, filing, mailings- Friendly Visitor program ( Adopt a Bubby or Zayde)-

Organization
Jewish Family Service Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater Clifton/Passaic 
Address
925 Allwood Road 
City
Clifton 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07012 
Website
www.jfsclifton.org 
Contact Person
Esther East 
Title
Director 
Phone
(973) 777-7638 
Fax
(973) 777-9311 
Email
e.east@jfsclifton.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Multi-service social service agency serving the Jewish and non-Jewish communities of Clifton and Passaic. Programs include services for senior citizen to help them stay in their homes, programs for children with special needs and for victims of domestic violence and their families. Also general counseling and mental health services for all ages.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Students can create "kosher Kits" for the battered women's shelters to accommodate the needs of the Jewish women in the shelter, present them on the bima and speak about Project S.A.R.A.H.; raise funds for Project S.A.R.A.H. and/or children's programs; help at Uncle Moshe concert; usher at benefit concerts; help at Russian model seder; collect toys and toiletries for families. We need someone to organize our special needs library.

Organization
Jewish Family Service of Bergen County and Northern Hudson 
Address
1485 Teaneck Road 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.jfsbergen.org 
Contact Person
Nina Ashurov 
Title
Administrator of Elder Care Volunteer and Nutrition Services 
Phone
201-837-9090 x 238 
Fax
(201) 837-9393 
Email
ninaa@jfsbergen.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers counseling services; elder care services such as Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) and Friendly Visitors; and after school programming to strengthen and preserve the well-being of individuals and families, helping them meet the challenges and changes through life.

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

YOU can help JFS by:

* Collecting non-perishable OR frozen food for the JFS Food Pantry.  This is a GREAT Bar or Bat Mitzvah project!

* Delivering a weekly Shabbat meal to a Holocaust survivor

* Donating small gifts for Kosher Meals on Wheels (KMOW) recipients before the holidays (i.e. shalach manot bags at Purim)

* Volunteering in the offices of Jewish Family Service (JFS) over the summer (very flexible hours)

Organization
Jewish Foundation for the Righteous 
Address
305 Seventh Avenue, 19th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10001 
Website
www.jfr.org 
Contact Person
Deborah Wax 
Title
Education Associate and Development Associate 
Phone
(212) 727-9955 
Fax
(212) 727-9956 
Email
dwax@jfr.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) seeks to identify, honor, and support non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The Foundation provides monthly financial assistance to over 1,200 aged and needy Christian rescuers in 27 countries. The JFR also seeks to preserve the legacy of the Righteous and the memory of the Holocaust through its national teacher education program.

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

The JFR has a special program for young people as they become Bnai Mitzvah. The program enables a Bar/Bat Mitzvah to combine the mitzvah of tzedakah with education. This is a powerful way to teach youth about the importance of tzedakah, tikun olam, and hakarat hatov.
 
There are three components of the JFR Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program.
 
* Twinning: This program matches a Bar/Bat Mitzvah with a Christian rescuer and enables the Bar/Bat Mitzvah to learn about, and honor, an individual who risked his or her life to save Jews during the Holocaust.
 
* Invitations: This program allows a family to support the JFR by selecting a beautiful invitation that was specially designed for the Foundation by Checkerboard Ltd., a leading stationery and printing company. The invitation includes a short paragraph on the work of the JFR and a paragraph from the family explaining that they are making a donation to the JFR on behalf of each of their guests.
 
* Tribute Cards: This program provides a family with cards that can either be given to guests or placed on tables at the reception of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The card indicates that a donation was made in honor of each guest or family attending the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The JFR strongly encourages Bar and Bat Mitzvahs to take their experience further by creating their own project. Past projects include art sales, making "Never Again" bracelets, putting together learning days at a student's school, and the creation of a recipe book of "Old World" recipes. Projects that teach about the legacy of the rescuers and provide an opportunity for a student to learn more are always encouraged.
 
The Foundation looks forward to seeing more students join their own interests with their desire to perform tzedakah and learn about the history of Righteous Gentiles.

Organization
Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System 
Address
2550 West Avenue West Ave Bronx 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10025 
Website
www.kittayhouse.org/ 
Contact Person
Arlene Richman 
Title
Director 
Phone
(718) 410-1445 
Fax
(212) 870-4709 
Email
arichman@jewishhome.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Jewish Home & Hospital Lifecare System is a multi-campus,residential & community longterm & shortterm healthcare provider offering inpatient, senior housing, homecare, care coordination services in Manhattan, the Bronx & Westchester. We are a UJA-Federation agency serving both the Jewish & non-Jewish communities.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Holiday visits and/or entertainment Friendly visiting.

Organization
Jewish National Fund 
Address
42 East 69th Street 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10021 
Website
www.jnf.org 
Contact Person
Rebekah Sedwin 
Title
Israel Programs Admissions Director, NJ and PA 
Phone
(973) 593-0095 x828 
Email
rsedwin@jnf.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Jewish National Fund is a non-profit organization founded in 1901 to serve as caretaker of the land of Israel, on behalf of its owners, Jewish people everywhere.  JNF is an environmental leader.  Over the past century, JNF has planted over 250 million trees, built over 220 reservoirs and dams, developed over 250,000 acres of land, created more than 1,000 parks, provided the infrastructure for 1,000 communities and educated students around the world about Israel and the environment.

Today, JNF is restoring northern Israel, making it home again to its residents, and is putting its century of experience to work with Blueprint Negev, supporting Israel's newest generation of pioneers in developing the Negev Desert, Israel's last frontier.

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

Jewish National Fund played a central role in establishing the State of Israel, so it is very appropriate to choose a JNF project for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  JNF helps the people of Israel in many ways.  JNF is also the leading environmental agency in Israel, so if you're interested in the environment, both here and in Israel, a JNF project is for you.  Click on this link: www.jnf.org/mitzvahprojects for hands-on projects of many kinds, from therapeutic riding horses, to baseball, to adopt a firefighter, the environment, and much more.  You will receive a special JNF certificate at your Bar/Bat Mitzvah service for taking part in tikkun olam through JNF.

Organization
Jewish Relief Agency 
Address
226 Sussex Avenue 
City
Morristown 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07960 
Website
www.jewishrelief.org/metrowest-nj/ 
Contact Person
Rabbi Boruch Hecht 
Title
Director 
Phone
973 668 3219 
Email
boruch@jewishrelief.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Jewish Relief Agency, JRA for short, is a direct-service food pantry. One Sunday each month, volunteers come together in our Morristown distribution center to pack and then deliver fresh produce and non-perishable Kosher pantry items to over Jewish households in need. That's a lot of gefilte fish, pasta, matzoh balls and apples.

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

How to make the JRA B'nai Mitzvah project your mitzvah project?

* Sign up on line at http://www.jewishrelief.org/metrowest-nj/get-involved/bar-bat-mitzvah-program/.

* Attend 2 distributions packing and delivering food.

* Invite friends and the whole mishpocha to join you in packing and delivering food at a 3rd distribution where you will receive your cool JRA t-shirt and certificate for completing your project.

* To make the day even more special, we can provide you with a personalized invitation that you can email to family and friends inviting them to your special day at JRA.