Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Ocean's Harbor House 
Address
2445 Windsor Avenue 
City
Toms River 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
08754 
Website
www.oceansharborhouse.org 
Contact Person
Jhanna Even 
Title
Director of Development 
Phone
(732) 929-0096 
Fax
(732) 929-1748 
Email
volunteer@oceansharborhouse.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Ocean's Harbor House is a safe haven for youth, ages 10-21 who have runaway, are homeless, or have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Our agency advocates for the safety & welfare of all youth, and wherever appropriate, promotes family reunification. This organization is committed to providing quality services that respond to the growing and changing needs of youth and families in the Jersey Shore region. We are joined in our commitment by a variety of partners and friends who provide financial support through grants and donations, those who volunteer their services and skills, and those who help fill our Wish Lists by donating food, clothing, school supplies, recreation passes, craft supplies, furnishings, and office supplies. This collaboration throughout the years has enabled Ocean's Harbor House to become a strong voice for the needs of troubled youth and families. This also allows us to provide all of our services free and confidential.

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

Ocean's Harbor House depends on collections of toiletries, arts & craft supplies, movie night baskets and household products. Gardening and other volunteer opportunities are available. Ocean's Harbor House holds a Peer Leadership Group on Tuesday evenings from 7-8 PM where teens learn leadership skills and plan their own volunteer activities.

Organization
Ohel Bais Ezra 
Address
4510 16th Avenue, 3rd Floor 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11204 
Website
www.ohelfamily.org 
Contact Person
Jennifer S. Gruenfeld, MPH 
Title
Volunteer Services Coordinator 
Phone
(718) 686-3103 
Fax
(718) 851-6618 
Email
jennifer_gruenfeld@ohelfamily.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The agency's mission is to provide social services and mental health services to the Jewish community of NYC. All Jews whether affiliated or not will be served. Ohel Bais Ezra's mission is to ensure that services are provided professionally and competently, meeting all standards and regulations. Their mission and mandate is to develop services that may otherwise not be available to their constituents given their emphasis on meeting the cultural needs of the Jewish community. Ohel was created in 1969 to provide homes and families for abandoned, neglected, abused, and disabled Jewish children. Ohel cares for more than 3000 people in a variety of programs that include: residential care for disabled children and adults in residences; foster care for children who have been abused or neglected; free counseling and crisis intervention services; domestic abuse shelters and counseling program; pedophile treatment program; Mobile Outreach Team providing emergency counseling services; camp for children with disabilities; lifetime care foundation which provides guardianship advocacy and case management for Jewish adults with disabilities beyond the lifetimes of their parents; supported employment program for adults with emotional disabilities; outpatient services for adults with mental illness; services to adolescents at risk; services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
There are so many ways for you to incorporate your simcha with children and families in Ohel Bais Ezra by collecting gifts for their birthdays, getting them toiletries (such as shampoo, toothpaste, etc), having you and your friends go to a game with the children. You can volunteer your time with someone in need such as tutoring, babysitting being a pen pal. When you call the volunteer department Ohel Bais Ezra will help you find the best way for you to use your skills to help benefit those in need.

Organization
One Family Fund 
Address
1029 Teaneck Road 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.OneFamilyFund.org 
Contact Person
Martin Radnor 
Title
Director 
Phone
(646) 289-8600 X203 
Fax
(646) 289-8601 
Email
martin@onefamilyfund.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
One Family Fund was created in response to the ongoing tragedies caused by terrorism affecting families and children in Israel. One Family provides emergency and long-term support for physical and emotional health, education, housing, and other needs of survivors and their families. Since One Family was founded, more than 1,300 Israelis have lost their lives. Nearly nine times that many people have suffered injuries. 900 children have lost one or both parents. For Israel's victims of terror, the attack is only the beginning point. Every day after is a constant struggle to rebuild their shattered lives. One Family supports more than 2,500 families who have been struck by terror. We provide them with financial and emotional support, long after the press has disappeared.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
One Family Fund arranges Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and twinnings for hundreds of orphans and bereaved siblings who were victims of terror attacks. We count on many committed young Jewish Boys and Girls to help make the dreams come true for their counterparts in Israel. We try to arrange ongoing relationships and continued communication between the children here in the USA and their counterparts in Israel.

Organization
Operation Embrace 
Address
350-C Fortune Terrace, PMB 209 
City
Potomac 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20854 
Website
www.operationembrace.org 
Contact Person
Aviva Tessler 
Title
Executive Director 
Email
operationembrace@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Operation Embrace (OE) offers assistance to injured survivors of terror in Israel. With the expert guidance from social workers throughout Israel and Bituach Leumi (Israel's National Insurance Agency), Operation Embrace helps all people who have been violated by random acts of terror and does not discriminate by race or religion. Operation Embrace provides emotional, as well as direct financial assistance for medical, therapeutic and rehabilitative needs to provide Israeli victims and survivors of terror with a brighter future and help them rebuild their lives.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts, purchasing laptops or other items for terror victims, sponsoring outings for children that are victims of terror, sponsoring a specific family need, visiting families while traveling in Israel, classes or individuals can write letters to victims, adopting families (letter writing, regular phone calls, etc). They are also focusing on the city of Sderot and its residents and is offering many different kinds of opportunities for Bnei Mitzvah students to get involved with Sderot.

Organization
Operation Noah 
Address
2332 W. Detroit Pl. 
City
Chandler 
State/Country
AZ 
Zip
85224 
Website
www.operationnoah.info 
Contact Person
Dennis Fries 
Title
President/Founder 
Phone
(480) 899-0022 
Email
operationnoah@cox.net 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Operation Noah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by Dennis Fries, a teenager from Chandler, Arizona, when he was only thirteen-years-old. While undergoing medical tests, Dennis discovered the need for something to comfort youth hospital patients. Nothing comforts children more than a soft, cuddly stuffed animal. With this in mind, Operation Noah was started, so that no child will have to undergo a hospital visit without a new little friend by their side. After it began in August of 2004, Operation Noah became widespread as stuffed animals were donated from left and right.
 
Operation Noah's mission is to expand and set up at least one chapter in each state throughout the nation because there are hospitalized children everywhere and the need for comfort will never end.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
One of the biggest things Operation Noah is looking forward to is expansion to other cities. By doing this, hospitalized children will be comforted not only in Arizona, but all across the United States. To have this accomplished, Operation Noah needs the help of Bnai Mitzvah students such as you. Operation Noah would like to be able to have a strong foundation of children in other states and cities to be able to have drop off locations in their areas. For more information on joining the Operation Noah crew, you can e-mail Dennis Fries at operationnoah@cox.net.  

Organization
Or Lachayal 
Address
763 Eastern Parkway, Suite E1 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11213 
Website
www.OrLachayal.com 
Contact Person
Judith Horowitz 
Title
Director 
Phone
(718) 953-6007 
Email
shinonleh@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Or LaChayal was established in 2005, by Rabbi Menachem Ofen in Israel, to take on a leading role in building the emotional and spiritual success of the soldiers of the Israel Defense Force. We are out there in the trenches with the members of the IDF offering all sorts of uplifting social and spiritual programs. Or Lachayal works in partnership with the IDF and Friends of the IDF. Please watch this YouTube video, to get a glimpse into the remarkable work that we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpqeeFgiHUU. Please email me and I will be glad to email you some more info.

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

It is very meaningful when someone approaching Bar/Bat Mitzvah considers sharing their celebration with others in need! There are a number of ways that B'nei Mitzvah can become partners with us:
 
* To sponsor one or more pairs of Tefillin for an IDF soldier.
 
* To invite people to donate to Or Lachayal in honor of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
 
* To connect with a soldier: We will put you in touch with an IDF soldier whom you can make contact with, through email and other social networking. You have no idea how much that will inspire the soldier to know that someone from the diaspara knows and cares for him.
 
* Before holidays, like Purim, we can arrange for non-perishable packages, and/or holiday cards, to be sent to the soldiers!
 
Please email Judith Horowitz - shimonleh@gmail.com, for additional details and ways to connect your celebration with the IDF soldiers.

Organization
Orr Shalom for Children and Youth at Risk 
Address
2 Hahar Street 
City
Bet Shemesh 
Zip
99067 
Website
www.orr-shalom.org.il/en/ 
Contact Person
Rachel Gordon 
Phone
02 9936955 
Email
rachelg@orr-shalom.co.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Orr Shalom rescues children from severe abuse and neglect by providing safe, loving homes as well as educational and therapeutic services, to children who have been removed from their homes by the social welfare services. These children are particularly vulnerable, as they were hurt by the very people they are meant to trust – their family or people they know. Since 1980, Orr Shalom has expanded its network of care to ease the plight of Israeli children at risk, helping them overcome their past, break the cycle of violence and grow into productive, independent adults.
 
Orr Shalom currently cares for 1,300 children from birth through 18+ years of age in a wide range of multifaceted programs that provide caring, professional, one-on-one treatment. Orr Shalom maintains the highest quality of expert care, with a high staff-child ratio. This ensures that at Orr Shalom, each child receives the attention, therapy, and enrichment s/he needs to thrive.

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

As you mark your transition into Jewish adulthood, you can make your own Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration even more meaningful.

 
By twinning your Bar or Bat Mitzvah with Israel's most vulnerable and at-risk children, you take your rightful place among the Jewish people by playing an important part in Tikkun Olam – perfecting the world - and will provide an underprivileged child with the memories of a lifetime. Around 40 Orr Shalom children celebrate their Bar / Bat Mitzvah each year and they need your help to make their day special and memorable.
 
 
Your donation will impact the life of an Israeli child and at the same time enrich your own celebration Enjoy a unique experience with Orr Shalom, and choose from a list of fun and meaningful activities for you, your family and friends to enjoy together with Israel's foster children in their environment including:
 
Art * Capoeira * Chocolate-making * Dance and Movement * Drumming * Jewelery-making * Judaica * Magic * Music * Science
 
Your special hobby…
 
For more information please contact Rachel Gordon on rachelg@orr-shalom.co.il  

Organization
ORT America 
Address
75 Maiden Lane, Floor 10 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10038 
Website
www.ortamerica.org/imitzvah 
Contact Person
Michael Bettencourt 
Title
Volunteer Services 
Phone
(800) 519-2678 x2254 
Fax
(212) 674-3057 
Email
mbettencourt@ortamerica.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

ORT America provides cutting-edge training and strategic educational initiatives that empower 270,000 people annually in 56 countries to become productive citizens and lead their families and communities forward. This is a responsibility ORT America welcomes as part of its commitment to supporting Jewish values, strengthening Jewish identity and providing the educational opportunities that help people help themselves.

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

ORT America's Teens for Teens iMitzvah Project offers Bnai mitzvah students the opportunity to fundraise for ORT's network of trade and vocational schools in 58 countries. Bnai Mitzvah children can chose either to Support a Student At-Risk or to Adopt a Computer. Supporting a Student at Risk involves raising $550, or multiples thereof, to provide an ORT student with clothing, hot meals, transportation vouchers, textbooks and school supplies for one year. The Adopt a Computer project involves raising $1,000, or multiples thereof, to donate a laptop to ORT schools in Israel, Argentina and the former Soviet Union. iMitzvah participants will receive their own url, an e-card or letter to send to Bar Mitzvah Guests, a Teens for Teens T-shirt, as well as tips and tools for fundraising in their communities.

Organization
Otsar Family Service 
Address
2334 West 13th Street 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11223 
Website
www.otsar.org 
Contact Person
Marcia Merel 
Title
Medicaid Waiver Coordinator 
Phone
(718) 946-7301 x215 
Fax
(718) 946-7966 
Email
marcia@otsar.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Otsar is an organization that was started by parents of individuals with special needs. They work with all ages from the very young to senior citizens. They pride themselves on families first. Otsar has a preschool, a day program, respite, a recreational program and Medicaid Waiver Program.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The Bnai Mitzvah can come and keep Otsar's participants company or develop a Tzedakah drive.  Otsar's recreation program is a Sunday/School Holiday Program.  They also run an end of the summer program during the last two weeks in August. 

Organization
Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning: Jewish Youth Philanthropy Initiative 
Address
12230 Wilkins Avenue 
City
Rockville 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20852 
Website
www.pjll.org 
Contact Person
Leah Siskin 
Title
Association Education Officer, JYPI Program Director 
Phone
(240) 283-6228 
Fax
(240) 283-6202 
Email
lsiskin@pjll.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Partnership's JYPI program offers young people real life experiences giving them the opportunity to learn how philanthropy and service is an integral part of our Jewish tradition and can be an expression of our Jewish values.  Since the JYPI Program's creation in 2000, more than 2,100 teens have participated in the program, awarding over $725,000 in grants to 180 non-profit organizations and completing over 11,000 hours of community service.

Working in groups led by experiences facilitators, teens from around the Washington DC Metro area come together to evaluate grant proposals from local, national and international nonprofits using site visits and interviews as aids in their group decision making process.  Teens are responsible for awarding group funds, which are made up of participant donated funds that are matched dollar for dollar from generous members of the community.

Building from the successful model described above, the Partnership has launched two new models of teen philanthropy under JYPI: collaborative congregation-based teen philanthropy groups and agency-based teen philanthropy boards.  For more information on these programs, visit www.pjll.org/content/jypi.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Any rising 8th graders are eligible for all of our programs. The Youth Philanthropy program lends itself particularly well for a Bnai Mitzvah project however.

Organization
PAWS 
Address
504 Main Avenue 
City
Norwalk 
State/Country
CT 
Zip
06851 
Website
www.pawsct.org 
Contact Person
Lisa DiDonato 
Title
Vounteer Coordinator 
Phone
(203) 750-9572, ext. 103 
Fax
(203) 750-0107 
Email
lisad@pawsct.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)is a private non profit organization dedicated to the rescue and placement of homeless and abused pets.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
They offer off site projects such as holding small fundraisers (bake sales) distributing flyers, collecting cans to be redeemed, collecting items off their wish list, etc. They cannot have anyone under the age of 18 at their shelter.

Organization
PeacePlayers International 
Address
901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 550 East 
City
Washington 
State/Country
DC 
Zip
20001 
Website
www.peaceplayersintl.org 
Contact Person
Adam Hirsch 
Title
Development and Communications Associate 
Phone
(202) 408-5111 
Fax
(202) 408-5117 
Email
ahirsch@peaceplayersintl.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Mission: To unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities through basketball.

Vision: Insdividual connections creating a more peaceful world.

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

PeacePlayers International (PPI) would like to welcome Jewish young men and women entering adulthood to participate in the Jewish value of Rodef Shalom, pursuing peace. PPI works in Israel to bring together Arab and Jewish children through basketball on the premise that "children who play together can learn to live together." Currently PPI works with over 600 participants in the Middle East. PPI is giving Bar and Bat Mitzvahs the opportunity to become honorary PeacePlayers through PPI Mitzvah Project fundraisers.
 
Mitzvah Project Options:
 
* Donate a portion of Bar/Bat Mitzvah Gift Money
 
* Host a fundraising basketball tournament
 
* Find sponsors for a PPI Dribbling Fundraiser
 
The fundraising Mitzvah projects can be for children and youth of all ages.  For more information, please contact Adam Hirsch directly at ahirsch@peaceplayersintl.org.