Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Pups for Peace 
Address
8424A Santa Monica Blvd Suite 112 
City
West Hollywood 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
90069 
Website
www.pupsforpeace.org 
Contact Person
Hillary Ripps 
Title
Administrator 
Phone
800-990-8926 
Email
info@pupsforpeace.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Pups for Peace is an 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-political organization that trains bomb-sniffing dogs and uses them throughout Israel to protect innocent civilians from terrorist attacks. The dogs are taught to find bombs before they explode to prevent kids and adults from getting hurt.

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

Our young supporters can raise money that will be used to buy and train explosive detection dogs trained to save lives. The cost of buying and training a dog is $10,000, but any amount raised is greatly appreciated!
 
Suggested projects:
 
* Create homemade t-shirts and novelty items to sell
 
* Dog walking and babysitting
 
* Bake sale
 
* Sell home made kosher dog biscuits
 
* Request for donations at bar/bat mitzvah party, or in lieu of gifts
 
These are just suggestions, and the possibilities are endless! We encourage the children to come up with their own ideas on how to raise money and we help them make it a reality. If a child or group raises $10,000, they will receive a sponsor certificate along with a picture of their dog. They will also be given the honor of naming the dog and will receive updates on how the dog is doing in Israel!

Organization
Queens Jewish Community Council 
Address
119-45 Union Turnpike 
City
Forest Hills 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11375 
Website
www.qjcc.org 
Contact Person
Cynthia Zalisky 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(718) 544-9033 voice mail #26 
Fax
(718) 544-8011 
Email
czalisky@qjcc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Since 1968, the Queens Jewish Community Council has served the needs of the people of Queens with kindness, compassion and understanding. The QJCC has provided social services, cultural programming and educational forums for senior, immigrant, and low-income communities living in Queens. The QJCC sponsors a well known series of concerts, such as "Jewish Music Under the Stars", featuring great performers such as Zalman Mlotek, Ira Heller, and Blue Fringe. The concerts are sponsored by Queens Council woman Melinda Katz. Their holiday food distributions go out to families all over the borough of Queens and occur for Rosh Hashanah, Passover and Thanksgiving. Their daily food pantry gives out over 900 packages each month to those in need.

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

Food pantry volunteers pack food into individual packages to go out to those in need. Over 900 packages are given out each month! Office volunteers help put together mailings which reach over 3,000 people each month to let them know about social services, community events, concerts and lectures sponsored by the QJCC. Friendly Visitors visit seniors in the community who may be isolated or just in need of companionship. Visitors talk , and sometimes play games/puzzles, or take brief walks with the seniors. Bnai Mitzvah students are invited to volunteer as friendly visitors with their parents or guardians.

Organization
Rachel's Table 
Address
1160 Dickinson Street 
City
Springfield 
State/Country
MA 
Zip
01108 
Website
www.RachelsTableSpringfield.org 
Contact Person
Debbie Rubenstein 
Title
Director 
Phone
413-733-0084 
Fax
413-737-4348 
Email
drubenstein@jewishwesternmass.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Rachel's Table is a central food distribution service to help feed the hungry. Our mission is to relieve hunger in Western Massachusetts and to reduce waste of our food resources. Six days a week, volunteers pick up extra food from area supermarkets, restaurants, caterers and bakeries and distribute it to agencies that serve the hungry and homeless. We raise money to purchase milk, fresh protein products, produce and healthy snacks for our agencies. We have a gleaning program in the summer and fall for teens.

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

* Collect non perishable food items for food pantries.
 
* Collect new socks and underwear for shelters.
 
* Collect travel size toiletries for shelters.
 
* Make birthday bags for kids at shelters.
 
* Collect baby formula and other baby items for shelters.
 
* Use your imagination to help the hungry and homeless.

Organization
Reader To Reader, Inc. 
Address
Cadigan Center - 38 Woodside Ave. 
City
Amherst 
State/Country
MA 
Zip
01002 
Website
www.readertoreader.org 
Contact Person
David Mazor 
Title
Founding Executive Director 
Phone
(413) 256-8595 
Fax
(413) 542-8490 
Email
info@readertoreader.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Reader To Reader, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to bringing books, free of charge, to needy school libraries and classrooms in poor communities across the United States. It is their belief that books have a singular power to inspire and change people's lives. The need for books is critical, because 60% of underprivileged children do not own a single book. This makes a well-stocked school library a critical resource hub that is a necessity not a luxury.

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

Bnai Mitzvah Project participants and other volunteers organize local book drives collecting gently used children's books. Volunteers sort the books by age group of the reader and weed out books in poor condition. the books are then shipped to Reader To Reader for donation to poor schools. Reader To Reader works closely with the volunteers in preparing materials for the book drive and in strategies on how to run the book drive. Reader to Reader offers a meaningful project that will directly impact the lives of thousands of children. They work personally with each volunteer in order to guide them in all stages of their project. As a small organization with a big mission (currently serving over 500 schools across the U.S. and in 13 countries) Reader to Reader values each volunteer's contribution. Please contact them so that they can show you how to have a special experience you will never forget.

Organization
Refanah Healing Holidays 
Address
15A Kore HaDorot Street 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
9338720 
Website
refanah.org 
Contact Person
Robyn Shames 
Title
Founder & Executive Director 
Phone
+972536226393 
Fax
+153536226393 
Email
office@refanah.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Refanah Healing Holidays is a non-profit organization in Israel that provides holidays for cancer patients -children and adults- giving them the gift of time away to have fun, relax and create unforgettable memories together with their families. We do this through the promotion of community responsibility and giving by enlisting holiday cabin owners throughout the country to donate accommodations and to host cancer patients and their families based on availability, thus utilizing an available resource – vacant holiday units – for the benefit of those that are so in need of a break. Some 26,000 Israelis are diagnosed with cancer each year. The disease often brings financial hardship to the patient and their family as work is disrupted, making it almost impossible to have the means to go on a holiday. There are no other organizations in Israel dedicated solely to providing a short vacation without financial worries in an ordinary holiday environment for cancer patients, together with their family. Many people, particularly kids, want and need a break from the label of “cancer patient” and just want to go on a private holiday with the people they love.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
A Bnai Mitzvah project to support Refanah Healing Holidays can include one of the following possibilities or a combination of some or all of them:
(1) Host a fun fundraising trivia event - as part of your party or as a separate event - where everyone will learn about Refanah and about new and interesting facts about places in Israel where some of our partner B&B's are located.
(2) When next visiting Israel, whether for your Bar/Bat Mitzvah trip or afterwards - choose to stay at one of our partner B&B or guesthouses. Giving them your business will show your appreciation for their generosity.
(2) Sponsor a family holiday, or a number of family holidays, including transportation and meals for those that need it.
(3) Sponsor the cost of transportation to and from a holiday, or any number of holidays, so that cancer patients with no car can also enjoy a family holiday.
(4) Sponsor meals for those that can not afford their own during their holiday.
(5) Create your own "mini-Refanah" project in your community: Identify people that have holiday homes and check if they have days or weeks when it will be vacant. Identify people that have had some sort of serious illness, but do not own a holiday home. Try and match between the two - you too can be a catalyst in giving people the gift of time away with loved ones.

Organization
Remember Us: The Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project 
Address
100 South The Grove Avenue 
City
Los Angeles 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
90016 
Website
www.remember-us.org 
Contact Person
Elly Cohen 
Title
Bnei Mitzvah Projects Coordinator 
Phone
415-265-9801 
Email
elly@lamoth.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Remember Us invites every child preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah to remember a child who was lost in the Holocaust. This act personalizes the Holocaust and honors the individual memory of those children who died, passes the flame and responsibility of memory to the next generation, and inspires young people to act positively in the world to honor the life of their remembered child. To date, more than 16,500 youth in approximately 650 congregations worldwide have accepted the invitation to participate.

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

Remember Us invites bnai mitzvah to accept the responsibility of remembering one child who died in the Shoah. Names and biographical information are provided by request, and families/bnai mitzvah can select personally meaningful ways to honor the remembered child and their memory.

Organization
Reuth 
Address
4 W. 43rd Street, Suite 402 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10036 
Website
www.americanfriendsofreuth.org 
Contact Person
Morgan Kronenberg 
Title
American Friends of Reuth 
Phone
212-751-9255 
Fax
212-751-9259 
Email
info@reuthnyc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Reuth,is one of Israel's oldest and largest non-profit organizations. Since 1937, it has responded to the country's evolving needs by providing health care and social welfare programs for a population that includes children, wounded soldiers, and the elderly. All segments of Israeli society benefit from Reuth’s facilities. Reuth's major project is the Reuth Medical Center--a 310-bed, state of the art, rehabilitation and chronic care hospital serving patients of all ages: from the infant who is conscious of the world around him thanks to special infant stimulation equipment, to the the soldier undergoing rehabilitatitive therapy, to the older patient learning to walk again after an accident. Reuth’s outreach network includes senior homes in Tel Aviv (Beit Jenny Breuer & Beit Shalom) and Jerusalem (Beit Barth); subsidized housing and meals for the elderly—many of them Holocaust survivors; and the Reuth-Eshel Data Center, providing round-the-clock information on rehabilitative and geriatric care.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Because Reuth cares for people of all ages in so many different ways, there are numerous options for chesed projects. The following are chesed activities that have already been performed on behalf of Reuth both in Israel and abroad. You can choose to do them, as well—-on your own, or with a group. Bnai Mitzvah and other guests have participated in art projects with our seniors. Others have served a tasty lunch in the kitchen of Beit Bracha, one of Reuth’s Subsidized Apartment Housing Complexes. One Bar Mitzvah combined his love of chocolate and music by visiting one of our senior homes with his family and guests on Chanukah. He joined them in making chocolates in Chanukah shapes and then entertained the crowd with a spirited rendition of Chanukah music on the piano. Others have joined patients in planting flowers in the Reuth Medical Center Roof Garden, while learning about the therapeutic value of gardening as part of an interdisciplinary range of therapy techniques. It is possible to perform chesed for Reuth even if one is unable to visit Israel. One Los Angeles friend spearheaded a pre-Shavuot bake sale and held an auction of the most extraordinary cakes. These are just a few of the projects undertaken to benefit Reuth. For those of you who have a special area of interest and would like to do something different, the folks at Reuth would be happy to tailor a project just for you.

Organization
Riverkeeper, Inc. 
Address
20 Secor Road 
City
Ossining 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10562 
Website
www.riverkeeper.org 
Contact Person
Sarah Womer 
Title
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator 
Phone
(914) 478-4501 ext. 222 
Fax
(914) 478-4527 
Email
swomer@riverkeeper.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Our mission is to safeguard the ecological integrity of the Hudson River, its tributaries and the watershed of New York City (protecting the city's drinking water supply) by tracking down and stopping polluters. Since 1983, Riverkeeper has investigated and brought to justice more than 300 environmental lawbreakers. Riverkeeper believes in the rights of every citizen to enjoy and defend our nation's water resources.

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

We are primarily an environmental litigation organization, however we do involve community volunteers in our large springtime event called the Riverkeeper Sweep.  As a part of this event, volunteers lead cleanup projects in their communities and engage fellow volunteers to come out and lend a hand.  This is a great way to do something outside and physical in support of Riverkeeper and the Hudson!

Organization
Riverside Park Fund 
Address
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 455 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10115 
Website
www.riversideparkfund.org 
Contact Person
Jordan Pagan 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
212-870-3073 
Fax
(212) 870-3079 
Email
grassroots@riversideparknycfund.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Riverside Park Fund's mission is to preserve and improve New York's classic waterfront green space. Stretching over four miles along the Hudson River from 65th to 155th Streets, the 330 acres of Riverside Park provide recreation and relaxation for a uniquely diverse population. From seasonal attendants to emergency callboxes, from horticultural projects to creative playgrounds, Riverside Park is cleaner, greener, safer and better because of Riverside Park Fund’s supporters

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Groups of 15-25 are eligible to help assist with a range of horticultural activities in Riverside Park. Minimum age is 11.

Organization
Roberto's Kids 
Address
55 Union St. 
City
Oneonta 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
13820 
Website
www.robertos-kids.org 
Contact Person
Stephen Pindar 
Title
Founder 
Phone
(607) 437-8779 
Email
steve.pindar@robertos-kids.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
We are an international non profit organization whose mission is social responsibility through baseball. This is accomplished through the collection of baseball equipment in the US and Canada which is distributed to disadvantaged youth in Latin American countries, the US and around the World.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Volunteers and young people doing Bar Mitzvah projects are welcomed by Roberto's Kids to performing equipment collection drives with us. We provide step by step instructions and guidance.

Organization
Rockefeller State Park Preserve 
Address
125 Phelps Way 
City
Pleasantville 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10501 
Website
www.friendsrock.org 
Contact Person
Emily Cheadle 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
914-631-1470 ext. 10 
Fax
914-631-3064 
Email
emily.cheadle@park.ny.gov 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is 1,233 acres of natural habitat located in Sleepy Hollow, New York. The Preserve has been made possible through the farsighted and generous gift of the Rockefeller Family. Walkers, equestrians, joggers, skiiers, snowshoers, artists, birders, and anglers all share the twenty miles of carriage paths. These scenic paths wind through wetlands, woodlands, meadows, and fields and past streams, rivers, and the 24 acre Swan Lake. They cross over wood and stone bridges, including the first triple arch bridge in America. One carriage path passes by the foundation of Rockwood Hall, once the 220 room home of William Rockefeller. Its Olmsted designed landscape with its panoramic view of the Hudson River remains a spot of beauty for all who visit.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Rockefeller State Park Preserve would not be what it is without our fantastic volunteers. We are always looking for new people to join our volunteer team. Volunteers help the Preserve by gardening, patrolling, cleaning up the trails and lake and much more. Projects vary depending on the season and on our needs. We like to match up the volunteer opportunities with the interests of our volunteers.

Organization
Ronald McDonald House of Long Island 
Address
267-07 76th Avenue 
City
New Hyde Park 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11040 
Website
www.rmhlongisland.org 
Contact Person
Betty McClellan 
Title
Volunteer Services 
Phone
(718) 343-5683 ext.131 
Fax
(516) 343-5798 
Email
bmcclellan@rmhlongisland.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Ronald McDonald House of Long Isrlan provides comfort and shelter to families with a sick child in a local hospital. A "homes-away-from-home", the House provides the parents and siblings of these children with a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Since most of the children they serve are in the hospital there a few children in- House. Therefore, their needs are for the residence itself. They most appreciate if participants would opt for table center-pieces of baskets of linens (full size sheets sets -white and white towel sets).