Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
MS Center at Holy Name Hospital 
Address
718 Teaneck Road 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.holyname.org/mscenter/ 
Contact Person
Lisa Futterman 
Title
Director of Development 
Phone
(201) 833-3000 x3899 
Fax
(201) 833-3708 
Email
futterman@holyname.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Multiple sclerosis strikes in the prime of life, usually between the ages of 15 and 60, and is the most commonly diagnosed neurological disease in young adults. The MS Center at Holy Name Hospital is the only state-licensed, non-profit facility providing healthcare and related services exclusively for MS patients and their families. The Center provides care to all MS patients, regardless of ability to pay, and is financed entirely through patient revenues, grants, contributions, and special events. Support of the MS Center at Holy Name Hospital goes directly towards the care of all those affected by MS.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
There are many different ways to support the MS Center! You can do your own fundraiser, like a bowl-a-thon or work with us on one of our upcomng events like our Rollover MS or Hoops 4 Hope in MS Care!

Organization
Multiple Sclerosis Association of America 
Address
National HQ 706 Haddonfield Road 
City
Cherry Hill 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
08002 
Website
support.msassociation.org/volunteer 
Contact Person
Kimberly Goodricj 
Title
Sr. Director of Development 
Phone
(800) 532-7667 x101 
Fax
(856) 661-9797 
Email
kgoodrich@msassociation.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America seeks volunteers to help on a range of assignments that support our mission to enrich the quality of life for everyone affected by multiple sclerosis.

To learn more about MS, visit www.msassociation.org.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities check out all the volunteer pages.

It is important to MSAA that you find an assignment that is meaningful to you.

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

A list of our assignments can be found at http://support.msassociation.org/teen-assignments and at http://support.msassociation.org/volunteer.

Organization
Mummies and Masterpieces 
Address
1726 Elmwood 
City
Highland Park 
State/Country
IL 
Zip
60035 
Website
www.mummiesandmasterpieces.com 
Contact Person
Lauren Perlman 
Title
Founder/Director 
Phone
(847) 673-7370 
Email
lauren@mummiesandmasterpieces.com 
 

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Description of Organization:
Mummies and Masterpieces is a company that creates exciting educational programs based on museum masterpieces. We offer many programs for toddlers through adults.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We will work with your friends and family to create beautiful friendship murals for children in Israeli hospitals and/or shelters. These murals will hopefully brighten the children's physical environment and emotional mood.

Organization
Music For All Seasons 
Address
336 Park Ave., Suite 2R 
City
Scotch Plains 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07076-1100 
Website
www.musicforallseasons.org 
Contact Person
Ruth Southland 
Title
Development Manager 
Phone
(908) 322-6300 
Fax
(908) 322-0161 
Email
ruth@musicforallseasons.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Music For All Seasons (MFAS) takes professional musicians into places where people don't have access to live, quality musical performances. These include: Nursing Homes, Children's Hospitals, Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence, School for Special-Needs Children, Hospices, Juvenile Detention Centers, Homeless Shelters, Halfway Houses for Foster Children and many others. By providing these programs, MFAS helps aid the healing process: physical, mental and spiritual. Also by solidifying the commitment of young, professional artists to serving special audiences, and creating regular volunteer opportunities to serve local communities, MFAS fosters stronger, more interconnected communities. They are active in five states: NY, NJ, CT, PA and CA. They provide over 200 professional performances per season to confined audiences of over 11,500 people. MFAS is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and they are currently celebrating their 21st season.  Music For All Seasons has established a unique new program, Voices of Valor, addressing issues of reintegration into civilian society through creative songwriting by returning veterans.  This exciting program can be seen on YouTube.  View it here

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

Students can "adopt" a particular facility, or work with MFAS to add a facility of their choosing (within our guidelines) to their roster. MFAS has been funded by the National Endowment on the Arts for 3 years now for their work with children in Shelters of Victims of Domestic Violence. This is a very highly regarded series. They have many other types of facilities students may choose: A Nursing Home, a Homeless Shelter, A Children's Hospital and more. Once a student "adopts" a facility, they can choose the level of participation they are interested in.
 
They may choose to simply sponsor a program or a series of programs, in their name or anonymously. They may choose to act as a Docent, actually attending the program or series of programs they have sponsored through fund-raising efforts. These programs are always safe, well-attended and deeply moving experiences. The people who attend our programs are always very thankful for the music we provide, and the musicians often say the work they do for MFAS is the "most important" work they do. Whether the student's interest is in music, social services, aging, youth at risk, social action or Tikkun Olam, Music For All Seasons is a worthy organization.

Organization
Myriam's Dream 
Address
52 Wellington Drive 
City
Orange 
State/Country
CT 
Zip
06477 
Website
www.myriamsdream.org 
Contact Person
Linda Kantor 
Title
President 
Phone
(203) 795-4580 
Fax
(203) 795-3291 
Email
LSKANTOR@snet.net 
 

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Description of Organization:
An ALL-VOLUNTEER national not-for-profit group since 1989, we raise funds to give directly to elderly groups and very needy individuals in Israel and Eastern Europe to enable them to earn money and dignity in their own country. (We have no staff or office expenses.) Ask for our Newsletter updates!

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

In addition to contributions in honor of families and friends (or a school fund-raising project) we have collected items for mailing to our elderly in Ukraine & Belarus, such as warm nightgowns, winter sweaters, yarn, socks and sheets.
 
See our website myriamsdream.org for craft projects to make and sell. And, ask for a poster.

Organization
National Council of Jewish Women Thrift Shop 
Address
75 South Washington Avenue 
City
Bergenfield 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07621 
Website
www.ncjwbcs.org/thrift-shop/ 
Contact Person
Estelle Greene and Addie Rudin 
Title
Vice Presidents 
Phone
(201) 944-4788 
Fax
(201) 585-1928 
Email
cbenson@nj.rr.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization that has been at the forefront of social change for over a century. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW courageously takes a progressive stance on issues such as child welfare, women's rights, and reproductive freedom. Founded in 1893 by Hannah G. Solomon, the National Council of Jewish Women is the oldest national Jewish women's volunteer organization in America. With over a century long history, purposeful mission and dedicated members in communities across the nation, the National Council of Jewish Women continues to make an impact on vital issues affecting women in all walks of life.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Volunteer at the thrift store sorting donations and organizing the clothing racks. Hold a clothing drive.

Organization
National Tay-Sachs & Allied Diseases Association, Inc (NTSAD) 
Address
2001 Beacon Street, Suite 204 
City
Boston 
State/Country
MA 
Zip
02135 
Website
www.ntsad.org 
Contact Person
Kim Kubilus 
Title
Director of Member Services 
Phone
(800) 906-8723 
Fax
(617) 277-0134 
Email
Kim@ntsad.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
NTSAD is dedicated to the treatment and prevention of Tay-Sachs, Canavan and related genetic diseases, and to provide information and support services to individuals and families affected by these diseases, as well as the public at-large. The strategies for achieving these goals include public and professional education, research, genetic screening, family services and advocacy.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Students are encouraged to raise awareness about the importance of genetic screening for common Ashkenazi Jewish diseases. Especially for inter-faith couples because common Ashkenazi Jewish diseases occur in other communities as well.

Organization
National Youth Rights Association 
Address
1101 15th Street, NW 
City
Washington 
State/Country
DC 
Zip
20005 
Website
www.youthrights.org 
Contact Person
Katherine Gerber 
Title
Director of Outreach 
Phone
202-296-2992, ext. 118 
Fax
Please email or call 
Email
kgerber@yca.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The National Youth Rights Association (NYRA) defends the civil and human rights of young people in the United States by educating people about youth rights, empowering young people to work on their own behalf in defense of their rights, and taking positive steps to lessen the burden of ageism. Many of today's youth feel alienated and isolated from society. This stems from the way adolescence has been artificially extended which keeps young people excluded from the world around them. NYRA is a national youth-led organization with over 10,000 members and with chapters in a dozen states. We protect student rights, fight age discrimination, repeal government curfews and support lowering the voting and drinking ages. Our chapters engage in grassroots organizing to improve their communities based on NYRA's overall goals and mission. The national office supports these chapters by providing our perspective on youth rights issues in the national media, connecting youth-led chapters with established organizational partners, seeding local campaigns, and acting as a hub for a network of active, local organizations seeking to improve the way youth are viewed and treated.

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

There are a number of potential B'nai Mitzvah projects that could be done in conjunction with the National Youth Rights Association. For starters, you could get involved with your local NYRA Chapter. If you don't have a local chapter then you could start one! Our grassroots chapters are youth-led and supported by a national network of similar chapters and a national office located in D.C. that is 100% committed to supporting the work of our chapters. Once involved with a chapter there are endless possibilities for Mitzvah projects. We encourage our members to take a look at their communities. Are young people being discriminated against? Are they being unfairly targeted? Does your local public school encourage student involvement in decision making? Do students attend school board meetings? Are there any policies at the school or in your community that violate the rights of youth? Ask yourself these questions and if you don't like the answers then there is something you can do and the National Youth Rights Association can help. Our Zionsville, Indiana chapter recently won substantive victories for student rights in their local school district, our Southeast Florida chapter is suing the city of West Palm Beach over their towns curfew law, our new Central New Jersey chapter is organizing rallies in protest of new potentially dangerous and discriminatory driving restrictions, and our Austin, Texas chapter protested outside the Texas Board of Education regarding their new textbook standards. In the past, NYRA members at chapters in California, Washington state, Maryland, Maine, Texas, Minnesota, New York, and Florida have worked to support legislation to lower voting age many earning key legislative and organizational endorsements.

Organization
Nefesh Achat B'Yisrael 
Address
Agrippas 42, POB 28063 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91280 
Website
www.justonelife.org 
Contact Person
Madelaine Gitelman 
Title
Director 
Phone
02-6254973 
Fax
02- 6254994 
Email
nefesh@netvision.net.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Nefesh achat B'Yisrael works with women who are pregnant and in crisis. Social workers and public health nurses throughout the country refer women to our service. The organization provides emotional support and financial aid to women and their families during the pregnancy and for several months following the birth. In 2006 we established a Mother and Infant Center where we host activities for mothers and their infants and enable them to learn about infant development and behavior, while learning to take of themselves and take on a healthy life style.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
With the expansion of our Mother and Infant Center, we are interested in establishing a lending library of toys and books for children 0-12 months old. Perhaps a Bnai Mitzvah project could include collecting toys and picture books. Another project that might be of interest, is collecting baby clothing and blankets or quilts, which could be homemade.

Organization
Netanya Hoops For Kids 
Address
2 Hazoran St., First Floor 
City
Netanya 
Zip
42172 
Website
www.netanyahoopsforkids.org 
Contact Person
David Lasday 
Title
Director 
Phone
(973) 996-8112 
Email
lasday.david@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Netanya Hoops For Kids, a program of the Netanya Foundation and Netanya Municipality, utilizes the status and influence of Barak Netanya professional Israeli basketball players to teach children life skills and build community. Netanya Hoops For Kids works with at risk children in Netanya providing them life skills basketball clinics, sports equipment, tickets to basketball games, and school supplies.

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

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs can help donate money for school supplies, basketball equipment, and tickets to professional Barak Netanya Basketball games (www.netanyabasketball.com). In Israel Bar & Bat Mitzvah's can come volunteer alongside professional Israeli basketball players helping coach at risk Israeli youth.

Organization
Nitzan 
Address
18 Hamasger 
City
Tel Aviv 
Zip
61572 
Website
www.nitzan-israel.org. 
Contact Person
Tamara Zieve 
Title
Resource Development Coordinator 
Phone
00 972 (0) 3537 1039 Ext: 219 
Email
tamaraz@nitzancenter.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Nitzan is a national non-profit organization that was established in 1964 in Israel to treat children, youth and adults suffering from learning, adaptive and functional disabilities. An estimated 10- 15% of children in Israel have some degree of learning disability. The main goal of Nitzan is to provide special services for learning disabled children, in order to enable their integration into mainstream education and help them develop the skills necessary to become contributing members of society. Nitzan operates a nationwide network of 35 branches throughout the country that offer a variety of services for learning disabled children, their families, youths and adults, regardless of race, religion or economic status. Our goals include: 

* Advancing public awareness of learning disabilities and encouraging identification and assessment as early as possible

* Helping children and youth with learning disabilities cope with their disabilities and reach their full potential

* Improving the social status of children and youth with learning disabilities

* Activating a wide range of services for children and youth with learning disabilities and their families

* Providing assistance and support to adults with learning disabilities, functional difficulties, and adaptive problems, by teaching social, practical, and employment skills

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

Nitzan strives to identify, assess and assist learning disabled individuals all over the country, in order to fulfill our main objective of enabling Israelis with learning disabilities to acheive their full potential.

The "Adopt a Student" project enables learning disabled children from underprivileged families to receive the diagnosis and assistance that then need but cannot afford.

The funds raised for this project will go towards providing disadvantaged students suspected of suffering from learning disabilities with evaluations to identify what specific learning disabilities they have.  After they have received a proper diagnosis, they will be provided throughout the school year, with remedial teaching to help them learn how to overcome the struggles that they face due to their disabilities.

Project goals and objectives:

* Helping children and youth cope with their learning disabilities and reach their full potential

* Improving the social status of children and youth with learning disabilities

* Enabling the sutdents to integrate at school and to keep up with their classmates

* To prevent learning disabled children from falling between the cracks because they can't afford to pay for the help they need

Nitzan works in areas all over Israel, particularly with children who come from poor areas and underprivileged families.  Many learning disabled children do not fall into the very specific category of "special education", and are therefore not entitled to the rights received by children classified as so.  These children need help, however, while learning disabled children from wealthy families in Israel undergo evaluations and seek private treatment, there are many underprivileged children who cannot afford this, and are consequently left to struggle alone with their disablilities.  Nitzan aims to reach out to as many of these children as possible through the "Adopt a Student" project.  Over 300 students per year are provided with evaluation, diagnosis and treatment through the "Adopt a Student" project.

The project's success will be evaluated in regular staff meetings and in private conferences attended by parents, teachers, and Nitzan staff.  During the conferences, attention will be given to each child's mastery of basic skills, motivation to learn, and academic performance.  This mode of evaluation will be supplemented by questionnaires to be filled out by teachers, which will report quantitative and qualitative indicators of each child's achievements.  Each child's level of progress will be measured from the beginning of the program to the end.

Organization
North American Conference On Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) 
Address
255 West 36th Street, Suite 701 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.nacoej.org 
Contact Person
Danielle Ben-Jehuda 
Title
Director of Development & Donor Relations 
Phone
(212) 233-5200, ext. 227 
Email
donors@nacoej.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

NACOEJ is the only major American organization exclusively committed to the welfare of Ethiopian Jews. NACOEH helped Ethiopian Jews survive in Ethiopia, assisted them in reaching Israel, and is now focused on aiding in their absorption in Israel, primarily through education programs, and helping preserve their unique and ancient culture.


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

There are numerous community service projects volunteers can perform such as:  hosting a model seder in honor of the modern-day Exodus of Jews from Ethiopia to Israel, holding a bake sale or craft fair, making and selling lunch bag stickers, designing tzedakkah boxes, or arranging a basketball dunk-a-thon or bike-a-thon. 

For mitzvah project ideas go to: http://www.nacoej.org/get-involved/mitzvah-projects. 

NACOEJ also offers the opportunity for Twinning between U.S. and Ethiopian-Israeli bnei mitzvah.