Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey 
Address
1347 Perrineville Road 
City
Monroe Township 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
08831 
Website
www.nj.wish.org 
Contact Person
Kristina Maglietta 
Title
Director of External Events 
Phone
(908) 964-5055 
Email
kmaglietta@wishnj.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Make-A-Wish Foundation« of New Jersey grants the wishes of children between the ages of 2 Ż and 18 who have life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Currently headquartered in Union, NJ, the Make-A-Wish Foundation« of New Jersey is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a diverse and respected volunteer Board of Directors. The New Jersey Chapter, founded in 1983 and having granted over 5,700 wishes, serves the entire state of New Jersey. For more information, visit www.nj.wish.org.

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

Bar/Bat Mitzvah students can ask friends, family and/or guests to make donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey in lieu of gifts. A special wish will then be "adopted" in the name of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah and they will recieve an Adopt-A-Wish letter describing the child and information on why he or she chose that one magical wish. If the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Jersey receives feedback from that wish in the form of letters or pictures, that will be forwarded on to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah as well. This way, students and their supporters will know exactly who and what their donation is helping to support.

Organization
Makor Disabilities Services /Women's League Community Residences 
Address
1556 38th Street 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11218 
Website
www.womensleague.org 
Contact Person
Carol Sufian 
Title
Chief Development Officer 
Phone
718-853-0900 
Fax
718-853-0818 
Email
csufian@womensleague.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Makor Disabilities Services (aka Womens League Community Services) is a lifespan service organization meeting the residential, therapeutic, social, medical, developmental, and spiritual needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Featuring:
31 Residential Facilities,Early Jumpstart ABA Center Intervention,Medicaid Service Coordination,Community Habitation Services and Supported Employment Program.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Makor Disabilities Services (aka Women’s League Community Residences) Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is intended to make the Bar/Bat Mitzvah a more meaningful experience, and also enables the child to begin fulfilling their newly acquired obligation to give tzedaka and to know they are helping children and adults with developmental disabilities have a full and meaningful life.
Makor Disabilities Services encourages bnai mitzvah to include an insert about Makor in their invitation, to speak about Makor at their celebration, and to set up a personal online fundraising page. Makor will help tailor a personalized Mitzvah Project for participants which will benefit our special residents.
All Bar/Bat Mitzvah participants receive a beautiful acknowledgment, which can be displayed at their celebration, acknowledging their participation in the program.
Please consider these fundraising activities bringing about Tikun Olam and changing the lives of children and adults with profound special needs.
* Donating a portion of your gifts to Makor Disabilities Services
*Sponsoring special therapeutic equipment
* Sponsor an Outing
*Host a Bake Sale or Challah Bake Sale
* Organize a Learn-A-Thon, a Bike-A-Thon, Bowl-A-Thon, Dance-A-Thon, Car Wash
* Host a Purim /Birthday Carnival
* Chanukah Celebration/"Make One Light a Makor Disabilities Services Night"
Mazel Tov on your upcoming milestone!

Organization
Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago 
Address
7366 N. Lincoln Avenue, #301 
City
Lincolnwood 
State/Country
IL 
Zip
60712 
Website
www.maotchitim.org 
Contact Person
Audrey Lane Schiff 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(847) 674-3224 
Fax
(847) 674-6044 
Email
info@maotchitim.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Since 1908, Maot Chitim of Greater Chicago has provided food to needy Jewish people in our community. Maot Chitim continues this tradition by delivering over 5,000 boxes of Passover food to our Jewish friends and neighbors in the Chicagoland area, as well as providing bulk shipments of food to special groups. Within the past few years, Maot Chitim have been able to provide the same support for Rosh Hashanah. These boxes will feed almost 12,000 individuals and families at both Passover and again at Rosh Hashanah allowing them to experience the holidays in a traditional and dignified manner. The recipients of these packages are very grateful for the help.
 
Perhaps, as important as helping the recipients, we provide an opportunity for all segments of our Jewish community to join together to perform this wonderful Mitzvah. Over 1,500 volunteers-teenagers, seniors and young families-have an eye opening experience packing and delivering food each Holiday. It makes all involved aware of how necessary and inter-twined we are to one another.

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

Boys and girls ages 11-13 (or younger) make deliveries of food packages with their families to our recipients.  They can also come motzei Shabbos (the night before our delivery) to help put rubberbands around 9,000 dozen eggs (so they don't open up in the food boxes).  Children 12 and older (insurance regulations) can come into our warehouse and help put food into the boxes.  Those children 12 and under can also come in the front of our warehouse and help stuff envelopes or Holiday guides into plastic sleeves which go into our boxes.

Organization
Masbia Soup Kitchen Network 
Address
4114 14th Avenue 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11219 
Website
www.masbia.org 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(718) 972-4446 x 5 
Email
volunteer@masbia.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Masbia is a nonprofit soup kitchen network and food pantry, providing hot, nutritious, kosher meals daily for hundreds of New Yorkers in desperate need of food assistance. Our three-kitchen network, with locales in Brooklyn and Queens, serve New York's hungry Sun-Thurs, and are ever in need of volunteer assistance and financial support.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Food Preparations at Masbia of Flatbush:
Volunteers are invited to schedule food prep service anytime between 9:30am and 2:30pm at this location. During this time, we chop, slice, and peel our way through Masbia's refrigerator and pantry, ensuring that tomorrow's dinner ingredients are ready to go.
Dinner Service at any Masbia Location:
Youth aged 12 or 13, with a parent/guardian chaperon, are invited to help us serve hot dinner directly to clients in need. Volunteers are needed in 2-3 time frames between the hours of 2:30pm to 8:30pm

Organization
MayaWorks 
Address
1937 Maple Avenue 
City
Berwin 
State/Country
IL 
Zip
60402 
Website
www.mayaworks.org 
Contact Person
Jeannie Balanda 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(312) 243-8050 
Fax
(312) 243-2156 
Email
jeannie@mayaworks.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
MayaWorks is a collaboration of women from Guatemala and North America whose mission is to empower Maya women to end their cycle of poverty and improve their lives. Volunteers sell MayaWorks products, creating a market for the traditional arts of Mayan artisans. MayaWorks helps artisans transform their skills into a means of financial support for their families and communities.

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

Children can host a MayaWorks sale or make a donation to the organization's economic development, educational development or microcredit programs.
 

MayaWorks kippot are crocheted by approximately 50 Maya women who live in San Marcos and Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala, on the shores of Lake Atitlan.  They began making kippot several years ago, thanks to the idea of a MayaWorks volunteer who saw their crocheted hackeysacks and small purses.  After a few lessons in how to make the kippot rounded and shaped, the women set to work creating this new product.  Some months later, a MayaWorks volunteer realized that the Mayan women were unsure of what they were creating.  A discussion ensued that talked about religious customs, both Mayan and Jewish, and explained the use and meaning of the kippot.

Organization
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger 
Address
10495 Santa Monica Boulevard, Suite 100 
City
Los Angeles 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
90025 
Website
www.mazon.org 
Contact Person
Michelle Stuffmann 
Title
Director of Outreach and Communications 
Phone
(310) 442-0020 
Fax
(310) 442-0030 
Email
mstuffmann@mazon.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.  MAZON means "food" or "sustenance" in Hebrew.

MAZON embodies two of the most important Jewish ideals: tzedakah and tikkun olam.  By supporting those who are hungry today as well as working to prevent hunger in the future, we fight hunger through many different approaches.

Our important work would not be possible without your support.

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

Your bar or bat mitzvah day is one of the few that will stay with you all of your life.  Our Jewish tradition tells us to make special occasions by celebrating with family and friends, in part so that these memorable days will remain with us forever.

An accompanying tradition teaches us to deepen our happiness by sharing our joyous celebrations with people in need.  It is especially appropriate to do so on the day of a bar/bat mitzvah, when a child becomes an adult and accepts the responsibility of fulfilling the mitzvah of tzedakah.

MAZON has put together a B'nai Mitzvah Program Guide that gives an overview for dozens of ways to include fighting hunger in your celebration.  You can host a fundraising event, make an informative video, participate in a Family Food Stamp Challenge and even lead a paper plate advocacy campaign!  Visit www.mazon.org/go/bnaimitzvah/ to read more about each of these ideas and to learn more about how you can enrich your Simcha even further.  Feel free to contact the office if you would like your own copy of the B'nai Mitzvah Program Guide.

Together, we can transform how it is into how it should be.

Organization
Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains 
Address
12 Ridgeview Avenue 
City
White Plains 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10606 
Website
www.mowwp.org 
Contact Person
Susanna Sussman 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(914) 946-6878 
Email
mowwp@yahoo.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to delivering nutritious meals to homebound residents of White Plains. Meals are delivered Monday-Saturday by dedicated volunteers.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We have two routes on Saturdays that can be filled by families who are interested in delivering meals to homebound residents of White Plains.

Organization
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 
Address
1250 First Avenue - Blood Donor Room 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10021 
Website
www.mskcc.org/giving/blood 
Contact Person
Joe Licata 
Title
Blood Donor Program 
Phone
(212) 639-8177 
Fax
(646) 422-2294 
Email
licataj@mskcc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Support the blood and platelet transfusion needs of adult and pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) by motivating the greatest number of individuals to donate at MSKCC, educating them about the critical role of transfusions during treatment of cancer and encouraging repeat donations by providing donors with excellence in care and service.

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

As a project, children can help organize and encourage family, friends & others from the community to donate blood or platelets on behalf of children & adult patients being treated for cancer at Memorial Hospital in Manhattan.

Organization
MERCAZ COCVAV 
Address
HaVered Street 2 
City
Ma'alot 
Zip
24952 
Website
www.maarag.org.il 
Contact Person
Ivan Resnick 
Email
ivancochav@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Mercaz Cochav is a non profit organization based in Ma'alot, Israel, which provides: social, educational, vocational and housing services to people with special needs from the Western and Northern Galilee.  The principal goal of the organization is to operate and provide services and supportive frameworks for people with special needs (mental, physical and psychological) so they will be able to enjoy a high level of comfort and to function in the community in which they live.  In the morning the center functions as a therapeutic and vocational base for adults with mild to severe mental retardation and in the afternoon provides social and therapeutic activities for school aged children with mild mental retardation, activities include drumming, Israeli dancing, hydrotherapy and drama.  Our organization is supported by the Ministry of Welfare.  However, in order to provide the services at the level that we believe our members deserve, we need to turn to external organizations for financial aid.

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

Bnai Mitzvah ideas:

* We run a sheltered employment factory which produces natural paper. This paper can be used to print invitations on. We also can help design and print invitations.  You get a beautiful invitation and we provide meaningful work for our members.

* Children on a visit to Israel are welcome to join our workshop and even make their own paper which can then be used to make there invitations.

* We have another sheltered factory which produce ceramic goods and children and their families are always welcome to come lend a hand.

* A joint outing or hike together with our children the same age can be a very rewarding experience.

* Financial help is always welcome as well.  For more information please be in touch thanking you Ivan Resnick.

Organization
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty 
Address
80 Maiden Lane 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10038 
Website
www.metcouncil.org 
Contact Person
Stefanie Greenberg 
Title
Director of Volunteer Services 
Phone
(212) 453-9619 
Fax
(212) 453-9600 
Email
sgreenberg@metcouncil.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Met Council is one of New York's largest human services agencies, providing 100,000 New Yorkers with critical services in their fight against poverty every year.  For 40 years, Met Council has been a defender and advocate for New Yorkers in need, and has raised awareness around the growing problem of Jewish poverty.  With services ranging from domestic violence counseling to kosher food pantries to career training, Met Council helps individuals find lasting solutions to complex problems.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Some opportunities include friendly visits/phone calls to frail seniors, food packaging and distribution, clothing sorting, and friendly greeting cards to sick and elderly.

Organization
Minneapolis Jewish Federation 
Address
13100 Wayzata Blvd, Suite #200 
City
Minnetonka 
State/Country
MN 
Zip
55305 
Website
www.jewishminnesota.org 
Contact Person
Morton Naiman 
Title
Senior Philanthropy Officer Director of the Community Jewish Federation 
Phone
952-417-2322 
Fax
952-593-2544 
Email
mnaiman@mplsfed.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Minneapolis Jewish Federation, an affiliate of the United Jewish Communities(UJC) of America, strives to build community, care for the welfare of Jews everywhere, and maximize participation in Jewish life.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The GMF is an individual endowment fund program in which Genesis Mitzvah Funds are established in honor of a young person’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah. Family members and guests are invited to make direct contributions to the Fund which, at a certain level, begins to accrue interest. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah student distributes the earned interest to charities of his or her choice for twelve more years. The students then participate in special events in the community focusing on philanthropy.

Organization
Moving Traditions: Rosh Hodesh: Its a Girl Thing! 
Address
261 Old York Road, Suite 734 
City
Jenkintown 
State/Country
PA 
Zip
19046 
Website
www.movingtraditions.org 
Contact Person
Sarah Fox 
Title
Program Manager 
Phone
(215) 887-4511 x106 
Fax
(215) 887-4510 
Email
sfox@movingtraditions.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Moving Traditions finds, creates, and delivers information on practicing Judaism at key lifecycle moments through traditional and innovative channels. Moving Traditions resources include programs, publications, and on-line materials. The organizations efforts are informed by a consideration of gender, reflecting the changes and opportunities for women and men in recent generations; a respect for the diversity of Jewish people and practices; and the desire to make Judaism a transformative force for healthy individual, family, and community relations. Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! - a program of Moving Traditions - is a fun, contemporary monthly celebration of the ancient New Moon (Rosh Hodesh) holiday for girls in grades 6-12 that builds self-esteem, Jewish identity, and leadership skills. This informal Jewish education program proactively empowers pre-teen and teenage girls to negotiate popular culture's risky and dangerous messages.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Girls can help start and participate in Rosh Hodesh: It's a Girl Thing! - a program of Moving Traditions. This fun, contemporary monthly celebration of the ancient New Moon (Rosh Hodesh) holiday for girls in grades 6-12 that builds self-esteem, Jewish identity, and leadership skills. This informal Jewish education program proactively empowers pre-teen and teenage girls to best negotiate popular culture's risky and dangerous messages.