Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Kulanu, Inc 
Address
165 West End Ave #3R 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10023 
Website
www.kulanu.org 
Contact Person
Katie Rosenthal 
Title
Programming & Development Coordinator 
Phone
(212) 877-8082 
Email
mitzvahprojects@kulanu.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Kulanu ("All of Us" in Hebrew), founded in 1994, is a non-profit organization which supports isolated and emerging Jewish communities around the world, many of whom have long been disconnected from the worldwide Jewish community. Since then, Kulanu has operated on five continents to help Jews isolated from world Jewry and people who wish to reconnect with their Jewish roots to enrich their Jewish learning and practice of Judaism. Today, Kulanu is a network of people with a shared interest in strengthening the global Jewish community and improving the lives of individuals. One important area of Kulanu's work is our collaboration with communities in Asia and Africa on projects for sustainable development and infrastructure improvements. In addition, we operate an online boutique that sells books, CDs, handicrafts and Judaica from and about these communities. You can read more about our work with different communities at www.kulanu.org and order products from www.kulanuboutique.com.

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

As a bar/bat mitzvah student, you can connect your friends and family with individuals and communities all over the globe.  By educating friends and family about Kulanu, the work it does and the communities we work with, you are forging vital bonds that strengthen all of us.  If you choose to fundraise for Kulanu, you support vital work such as supporting a primary school and a high school in Uganda that educate Jewish, Christian and Muslim children together in peace.

One easy and powerful way to raise money is to write a personal letter about your desire to support Kulanu and include it with your bar/bat mitzvah invitation.  This one very simple action often raises $1,000 to $4,000; students are delighted at how easily they have made a difference.  When you include the request in your invitations, even people who can't come to your event can still help with your mitzvah project.  Your donors will have the option of either donating online, on a Personal Fundraising Page, or sending checks directly to Kulanu (not to you).

Another great way to raise money for Kulanu's projects is to create your own Personal Fundraising Page!  Currently Kulanu is running four fundraisers to support the schools in Uganda, the nutrition program that provides the students who attend those schools with two nutritious meals a day for free, our efforts to help a community in El Salvador develop their Hebrew school and synagogue, and out general fund that helps all of the communities we support.  You can register for your own page to raise money for these great causes, and encourage your friends and family to donate.

How else can you enrich your celebration and raise awareness about Kulanu?

Some examples:

*Joel in MD discussed Kulanu's work in Nigeria in his d'var torah, and he arranged for an article in the Washington Jewish Week about Nigerian Jews, Kulanu, and his bar mitzvah project.

* Paige in CA set up an exhibit about Kulanu at her bat mitzvah.

* Sandon in CT bought Abayudaya music CD's from Kulanu's boutique (www.kulanuboutique.com) and gave them as party favors.

* Josh in LA wore a kente cloth tallit from Ghana at his bar mitzvah.

* David in Colorado set up a Personal Fundraising Page to raise money to support the primary schools in Uganda.

For more info, visit http://kulanu.org/mitzvahprojects/barbatmitzvah.php of contact Jocelyn Spencer!

Organization
Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force 
Address
134 Center Avenue 
City
Mamaroneck 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10543 
Website
www.LMFoodPantry.org 
Contact Person
Sarah Duffy Edwards 
Title
Vice President 
Phone
(914) 698-3558 
Email
volunteer@LMFoodPantry.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

We are an all-volunteer organization that packs bags of groceries for people in need living in Larchmont or Mamaroneck. We operate twice a month, usually the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.

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

Come help us pack bags! All bags are packed assembly-line style. On the weeks that we are distributing groceries we pack the bags on Tuesday evenings from 5:15 - 6:30. Please check our website, www.LMFoodPantry.org,  for the dates that we will be there. Since this is a popular shift with limited room, it is critical that you must reserve a space!!

Organization
Leket Israel 
Address
P.O. Box 2090 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.leket.org/english/ 
Contact Person
Elena Rosenbaum 
Title
Development Coordinator & Community Outreach 
Phone
(201) 331-0070 x2 
Email
elena@leket.us 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Leket Israel, Israel's largest National Food Bank and food rescue network, works to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity and eradicate hunger in Israel, providing food and nutritional support to 140,000 needy Israelis each week.  Each year, with the help of 55,000 volunteers, Leket Israel rescues and distributes over 25 million lbs. of produce and perishable goods, 1.5 million prepared meals, and supplies over 1.2 million volunteer-prepared sandwiches to underprivileged children.  Food that would have otherwise gone to waste, is redistributed to hundreds of nonprofit partners caring for the needy.

 

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

Many of Leket Israels hands-on volunteer opportunities, such as Project Leket: Gleaning the Land (picking produce for the needy) take place in Israel.  If you plan to visit Israel, please contact Leket to find out how you can volunteer. To help spread awareness about Leket, check out Lekets special events website, Bsimchas  bsimchas.leket.org, which is a personal charity registry to help organize your event in conjunction with Leket Israel and help raise funds in honor of your Bnai Mitzvah. Here in America, Leket needs help with different programs, or help during busy seasons in their Teaneck office. Please feel free to contact Elena at Leket regarding volunteer opportunities, Bnai Mitzvah projects, or to learn more about Leket, by calling (201) 331-0070 x2 or emailing elena@leket.us.

 

 

Organization
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - School & Youth Department 
Address
14 Commerce Drive, Suite 301 
City
Cranford 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07016 
Website
www.schoolandyouth.org/nnj 
Contact Person
Jennifer Derwin 
Title
Campaign Manager 
Phone
(908) 956-6644 
Fax
(908) 956-6601 
Email
jennifer.derwin@lls.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's School & Youth Programs offer children hands-on experiences that cultivate caring, respect and sharing with others. School & Youth Programs also give schools the opportunity to extend fundraising to the larger community, involving faculty and administration, school service organizations, community businesses and the students' extended families.  There are more than 1,000 New Jersey schools participating in this organization, which to date has raised more than $100 million. 

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

Students can sign up to coordinate a Pennies for Patients program at their school. All materials are provided to run a successful campaign and with the help and support of LLS staff your Bnai Mitzvah Project is sure to be a success!

Pasta for Pennies - Olive Garden's Pasta for Pennies is a service learning, character education and philanthropy program that gives students a unique experience making a difference through teamwork-working together to aid thousands of children and adults in the fight against blood cancers like leukemia.

How it Works - Students collect spare change for a three-week period (usually between January and march).  Funds are collected in honor of a local student survivor and current patients.  Many schools incorporate learning activities, kickoff assemblies or classroom competitions to motivate and energize the school community.

Organization
Lev LaLev 
Address
14 Melnick Drive 
City
Monsey 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10952 
Website
www.levlalev.com 
Contact Person
Chavi Lieberman 
Title
Director of Outreach 
Phone
(845) 367-7130 
Email
chavi@levlalev.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Lev LaLev Fund is a non-profit organization that works to support the Rubin-Zeffren Children's Home in Netanya, Israel. The home supports all the needs for over 100 girls who have been abused, neglected and abandoned by their families. Beyond basic needs they often also require mental health facilities. The girls are mainstreamed and given the same opportunities as anyone's own daughter would including higher education and assistance in paying for their weddings. Eventual plans are to develop programs to support more of the neglected children in Israel so that families will no longer need to abandon their children.

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

Lev LaLev has a special Bat Mitzvah Project program called Beyond Bat Mitzvah. Young women are encouraged to find a project that best utilizes their talents and hobbies to benefit the Children's Home in Israel in any way she feels most connected to. One may also choose to sponsor a Bat Mitzvah of a girl at the Home, twin her Bat Mitzvah, or even come to Israel to celebrate with us. Plans are in the works to have an annual visit to tour Israel and the Home with the Bat Mitzvah project girls with the special Beyond Bat Mitzvah club. The club members are encouraged to continue supporting the home with events and fundraisers in the years to follow her Bat Mitzvah.

Organization
Leveling the Playing Field, Inc. 
Address
9170 Brookville Road 
City
Silver Spring 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20910 
Website
www.levelingtheplayingfield.org 
Contact Person
Max B Levitt 
Title
Founder/Director 
Phone
(301) 801-0738 
Email
mblevittlpf@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Did you know that 1 in 5 underserved families are unable to get their kids involved in youth sports because of the price of sporting equipment? We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to join their friends on the baseball diamond on a spring weekend or head to the soccer field on a fall afternoon to complete with their classmates. Children who participate in athletics are 60% less likely to drop out of school or resort to drugs/alcohol. For our countries most vulnerable youth, the opportunity to reap the benefits of youth sports are dwindling. In fact, low-income children are 3x less likely to participate.

Leveling the Playing Field collects used/excess equipment from schools, colleges, manufacturing companies, youth sports leagues and hundreds of families to make sure that every child has the equipment they need to get off the sidelines and into the game. To date, we have donated almost $1M worth of sporting equipment impacting over 70,000 kids in the United States. We have been able to reach these numbers in under 2 years with the help of hundreds of volunteers and students collecting equipment on our behalf.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Leveling the Playing Field has been able to help underprivileged kids gain access to baseball bats, soccer balls, cleats, uniforms or whatever sporting equipment they need because of families emptying out their garages into our warehouse. Millions of families across the country are buried under sporting equipment that their kids have either outgrown or simply do not use anymore. We have been able to gain access to sporting equipment through students volunteering their time to run collection drives on behalf of Leveling the Playing Field.

Students who are interested in organizing an equipment drive for their project can collect from a variety of sources:

1) Students can place a bin (provided by LPF) at their school or synagogue to collect equipment. Students would need to gain permission from the school/synagogue and then have a blurb (provided by LPF) sent out in an email/newsletter to parents. Students would then empty the bin every week.

2) Students can collect from their teammates on whatever youth sports team they play on. All you need to do is communicate the collection to parents either at a practice, game or via email. Collection could take place at an upcoming practice or game - Parents would come to the field with equipment in their cars so that they can pass it along to the collector – EASY!

3) Students can also collect from their neighborhoods or communities. If families are on a listserv or newsletter within their communities this can be a very effective way of collecting. Families would just need to gather their old equipment and walk it over to the student's home. If there is no listserv/newsletter, students can either go door to door asking for equipment or they can spread flyers throughout the community.

4) Students can simply just collect from family & friends. If you have a large network of families who have kids who play sports this can be very effective.

Outside of running your own collection drive we offer volunteers the opportunity to work in our warehouse sorting and inventorying incoming donations of sporting equipment. In addition, volunteers can assist us on our many collection events in the community. Whether we are collecting with a professional sports team or outside of a youth baseball field, we can always use the manpower to help donors unload their cars full of equipment into our truck!

Organization
Livnot U'Lehibanot 
Address
PO Box 375 
City
Tzfat 
Zip
13211 
Website
www.livnot.com 
Contact Person
Gabi Nachmani 
Title
Director of Community Service and Bomb Shelters Project 
Phone
1-888-8-LIVNOT or 052-4295378 
Fax
(02) 679-3492 
Email
gabi@livnot.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Livnot has been running educational and community service programs for the past 25 years. In the past few years Livnot has expanded their community service programs IN ISRAEL to include volunteers helping renovate and repair homes of the needy, working in soup kitchens, programs for Ethiopian immigrants, the elderly and terror victims in Jerusalem and Tzfat.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Livnot in Tzfat has a year long Bar Mitzvah program for Ethiopian immigrants, ending with a trip to the Kotel and party for the boys. Livnot in Jerusalem often organizes a day of "chesed" for families that come to Israel to celebrate their child's Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

Organization
Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin 
Address
42 Agrippas Street, PO Box 28377 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91283 
Website
lonesoldiercenter.com/your-barbat-mitzvah-project-page/ 
Contact Person
Sara Kalker 
Title
Activities Coordinator 
Phone
02-502-2211 
Email
sara.kalker@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin was created in 2009 by a large group of individuals who had served as lone soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). The center operates from branches in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa. Its core activities are providing furniture, guidance and meals to lone soldiers. There are currently more than 5,700 lone soldiers serving in the IDF from around the world.

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

Each year, thousands of young immigrants and volunteers arrive in Israel alone, to join the IDF and do their part to protect Israel and the Jewish people. Unlike regular Israeli soldiers, they can not rely on their families in Israel to live with and therefore need extra help and support. The Lone Soldier Center helps lone soldiers with everything they need before, during and after their army service. They provide advice, meals, mentoring, fun social programs, furniture, appliances and more to lone soldiers throughout the country. We would love to work with you to support lone soldiers through a Bar/Bat Mitzvah project!

Organization
LOTEM- Making Nature Accessible 
Address
Emek HaShalom POB 303 
City
Yokneam Moshava 
Zip
20600 
Website
www.lotem.net/?page_id=386 
Contact Person
Alisa Bodner 
Title
JNF-LOTEM Liaison 
Phone
From US: 347-236-3262 
Email
lotem@jnf.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
LOTEM- Making Nature Accessible was established in 1993 by Amos Ziv, together with Sorin Hershco, a quadriplegic who was injured in the Entebbe Rescue Mission in 1976. LOTEM was founded in order to enable individuals with special needs to enjoy the beautiful Land of Israel together with their classmates, friends and family members.
Today, LOTEM is the leading organization in Israel offering accessible hikes and educational activities in nature to children and adults with special needs. These include men, women and children who are visually and hearing impaired, physically and intellectually challenged and emotionally disturbed. These also include at-risk youth and battered women and children living in shelters for victims of domestic violence. With two centers in Yokneam and Jerusalem, LOTEM serves approximately 30,000 individuals per year. A JNF partner organization, LOTEM literally unlocks the door of nature to all.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
1 By learning about and supporting LOTEM - Making Nature Accessible, students can help make nature accessible to all children in Israel and learn important Jewish values. Lessons have been created for school-aged children, highlighting Jewish values about community and respect for nature. Classroom materials can be accessed online and can be sent via mail.
2 Our "Mitzvah to Mitzvah" program offers Bar/Bat Mitzvah children the opportunity to add more meaning to their event by sharing it with children in Israel with special needs. By choosing to donate part of their gifts to LOTEM, Bar/Bat Mitzvah children will give the gift of nature and the Land of Israel to boys and girls who are less fortunate and will learn about charitable giving as a social component of their celebration.
Participants in the "Mitzvah to Mitzvah" program can choose the specific LOTEM project for which they wish their funds to go towards. Upon completion of their Mitzvah project, they will receive a certificate. On their next visit to Israel, they will have the opportunity to lead a nature outing together with one of our soldier guides. We will then celebrate the simcha together on our farm.
3 Our Adopt-a-School Chesed Program is a great opportunity for students, synagogue congregants and members of youth groups to connect to Israel in a meaningful and personal way.
By sponsoring a special needs school for an entire year, participating schools, synagogues and youth groups will enable the children in their sponsored school to leave their four walls behind and participate in the same type of field trips and nature outings that their friends and siblings do. Activities will take place once per season and include accessible hikes, hands-on workshops on our ecological farm and nature days.
Participants will be invited to take part in an activity together with their sponsored school on their next visit to Israel.
4 JNF-LOTEM Liaison Alisa Bodner travels to the states to present in schools, synagogues and private homes about LOTEM's work to promote inclusiveness in nature and to bring the Land of Israel to all the people of Israel.

Organization
M'Yad L'Yad-Helping Hands 
Address
74 Hauppauge Road 
City
Commack 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11725 
Website
www.myadlyad.org 
Contact Person
Steven Jarmon 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(631) 486-6636 
Fax
(631) 643-6205 
Email
hands@myadlyad.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

M'Yad L'Yad-Helping Hands was founded in 1998 to serve the working poor, the disabled, the elderly, and others who are in need of financial and emotional support on Long Island. We provide assistance beyond basic necessities, to improve the quality of life and the self-esteem of our Recipients.

Recipients are directly matched with Sponsors who send support packages throughout the year. For families who are struggling to pay the rent and buy basic necessities, packages from their Sponsors provide useful extras such as toys, books, new clothes, art supplies, and more.

Our program is anonymous, yet personal! Though last names and addresses are not shared, our Sponsors are encouraged to include correspondence in their packages, providing emotional support for struggling Long Islanders who are often socially isolated.

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

Choose from among these options to help those in need on Long Island:
 
* Shop for a gift for a recipient
 
* Organize a fundraising activity to support M'Yad L'Yad and our program recipients (e.g., a car wash or bake sale)
 
* Speak to religious school classes or other groups at your Synagogue about M'Yad L'Yad
 
* Collect books, toys and/or clothing from your family, friends, schoolmates, and others
 
* Become a sponsor - Let us match you in an ongoing relationship with someone in need
 
* Ask your guests to bring items to your event for distribution among our Recipients
 
* Talk about M'Yad L'Yad in your Bar/Bat Mitzvah speech. We will help you find a connection between your Torah parsha and your M'Yad L'Yad project
 
* Donate a portion of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts to M'Yad L'Yad to support our charitable program
 
* Distribute our brochure to your guests
 
* Be creative
 
We will work with you to find other ways in which you can support the M'Yad L'Yad program of anonymous charitable giving. Contact our office to discuss these ideas, or any other ideas you may have about how you would like to help families in need on Long Island.

Organization
Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute 
Address
Cathedral Station, PO Box 975 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10025 
Website
www.msawi.org 
Contact Person
Beverly Wolfer-Nerenberg 
Title
President 
Phone
917 882 4089 
Email
info@msawi.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

On April 6, 2008 Major Stuart Adam Wolfer was killed in the Green Zone, Baghdad, Iraq. The Wolfer family will not allow Stuart's voice to be silenced. The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) was established so that his legacy of leadership, commitment to his country and community service will continue to live on and to inspire future generations of children, adults and leaders. The Institute is committed to supporting U.S. troops stationed overseas and domestically. The Institute seeks to directly involve the community in its mission so that those of us at home give of our most precious resource, our time.

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

* Support-Our-Troops show the Troops you support them by writing personal cards accompanied by "sweet treats", personal care and/or entertainment items. Care packages can also be geared toward an upcoming Jewish holiday, such as Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Purim, Passover, or Shabbat.

* Cell Phones For Soldiers collecting and recycling used/non-working cell phones. This initiative turns the funds received from the recycling company into prepaid calling cards for troops to use to call home.

* Educational Programs Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects; School & Mitzvah/Community Service Day Programs

Organization
MAKE IT COUNT Project 
Address
16601 Ventura Blvd. #204 
City
Encino 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
91436 
Website
www.Makeitcountproject.com 
Contact Person
Amy Wynn Brown 
Phone
(818) 461-9922 
Fax
(818) 995-4094 
Email
Info@Makeitcountproject.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The MAKE IT COUNT PROJECT helps you celebrate your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in a meaningful way.  We provide craft projects for your party, to be completed by your guests, and then donated to the charity of your choice.  Provide fun and entertainment while also encouraging friends and family to do a "mitzvah".  All projects are useful, clean, and fast to complete.

The MAKE IT COUNT KIT arrives at your door including all projects, supplies, detailed instructions, signage and even party favor charm bracelets for your guests to say "Thank You for helping."

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

The MAKE IT COUNT KITS are available in the following projects:

Plush Animal Kit - Guests hand stuff assorted animals and complete a custom name tag.  Good for homeless shelters, hospitals or community centers.

Tote Bags - Fun stencils and fabric markers are provided to decorate Tote Bags which can be filled with goodies collected by you and your guests.  Art supplies, hygiene products, food, baby supplies, etc.  Appreciated by children and adults in need.

Dog Toys - For the animal lover, these toys made by a series of braiding and knotting are loved by dogs at shelters awaiting their forever homes.

Custom projects are available by request.