Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Running For Israel 
Address
313 W. 83rd Street 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10025 
Website
www.runningforisrael.com 
Contact Person
Rabbi Eric Ertel 
Title
Founder & Director 
Email
eertel@aish.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Our Mission Is Simple: run races, have fun, raise money. Running For Israel organizes people of all ages and abilities to participate in runs & walks in their own areas. The more people who run or walk with the organization, the more they can accomplish. The sponsorship money people raise from friends, family, and coworkers is distributed to four charities.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
If you're between the ages of 11-13, join the growing number of young people that are making a difference. Ben Frank, 13, made Running For Israel his Bar Mitzvah project and ignited a community-wide campaign.

Organization
Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare & Rehabilitation 
Address
845 Palmer Avenue 
City
Mamaroneck 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10543 
Website
www.jewishhome.org 
Contact Person
Amy Faith Lionheart 
Title
Director of Volunteers 
Phone
(914) 864-5140 
Fax
(914) 864-5818 
Email
alionheart@jewishhome.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
A premier non-profit skilled nursing home and geriatric health care / rehabilitation facility employing skilled nurses, physicians, and other professionals to provide excellent long term care, adult day care, home health care, and health services and social / community services in the New York area. The nursing home provides health services for more than 5,200 senior citizens daily, through traditional medical health care, long term care, sub-acute care, rehabilitation services, community service, and senior housing programs. These health services are offered on the Home's three campuses in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Westchester at the Sarah Neuman Center for Healthcare and Rehabilitation, as well as through our Lifecare Community Services Division, which provides health care programs and social services throughout the metropolitan area. To learn more about the divisions of The Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, visit our website.

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

For more information about volunteer opportunities at The Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System, contact one of our divisions:
 
* Manhattan Division 120 West 106 Street New York, New York 10025 (Between Columbus & Amsterdam Aves) Central Referral: (212) 870-5919 Admissions: (212) 870-4715 or Email: Manhattan_volunteers@jewishhome.org  
 
* Bronx Division 100 West Kingsbridge Road Bronx, New York 10468 (Between University and Webb Aves) (718) 410-1500 or Email: Bronx_volunteers@jewishhome.org
 
* Westchester Division / Sarah Neuman Center 845 Palmer Avenue Mamaroneck, New York 10543 (914) 698-6005 or Email: Westchester_volunteers@jewishhome.org.  

Organization
Save a Child's Heart Foundation 
Address
10050 Chapel Road, Suite 18 
City
Potomac 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20854 
Website
www.saveachildsheartus.org 
Contact Person
David Litwack 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(301) 785-0720 
Fax
(301) 576-3831 
Email
litwack@saveachildsheartus.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Save a Child's Heart Foundation (SACH) mission is to provide urgent life-saving heart surgery for children from developing countries suffering from rheumatic and congenital heart disease, where adequate medical care is not available. SACH also seeks to provide outreach-training programs for medical professionals from partner countries, facilitating the improvement of each country's medical care system. Since its inception in 1996, SACH has treated over 6,500 children from 42 developing countries, and has trained over 50 physicians and nurses from these countries. 43% of the children come from Africa; 45% from the Palestinian Authority, Jordan & Iraq; 5% from Moldova, Russia and the former USSR and 7% from China, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. SACH's objectives are achieved through: Providing life-saving cardiac surgeries for children from developing countries at the Wolfson Medical Center near Tel Aviv; Providing a full outreach training program for the medical personnel from these countries; Holding pre-operative and follow-up clinics, and leading medical missions to partner countries to conduct screening, operations and training. SACH is totally dedicated to the idea that every child deserves the best medical treatment available, regardless of the child's nationality, religion, color, gender, or financial situation. As an Israeli humanitarian project situated in the Middle East, SACH aims to inspire cooperation between Israel and its neighbors, especially Palestinians. SACH believes that through providing life-saving heart surgery to children in the region, channels of communication will be broadened between families and medical professionals on both sides of the conflict, and each child treated will serve as an ambassador for peace--breaking down stereotypes and fostering tolerance and understanding within their community.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
$10,000 is required to save the life of a child suffering from heart disease. This amount covers the costs of travel, hospitalization, room and board, and recuperation at the SACH Children's home. Hospital costs are $6,500; Room and board are $2,500, and travel costs are $1,000. Bnai Mitzvah projects should attempt to raise money to contribute to any or all of the above costs.

Organization
SaveNature.org 
Address
699 Mississippi Street, Suite 106 
City
San Francisco 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
94107 
Website
www.savenature.org 
Contact Person
Norman Gershenz 
Title
Director 
Phone
415-648-3390 
Fax
415-648-3392 
Email
info@savenature.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Center for Ecosystem Survival (CES/SaveNature.org)) is dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broad based participation in the conservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection worldwide. CES works in partnership with schools, universities, zoos, aquariums, botanical gardens, natural history museums and science centers worldwide to protect wildlife in nature.

The goal of Center for Ecosystem Survival (CES) is to preserve plants, animals and natural communities by enabling the broadest possible public base to participate in halting environmental devastation through the preservation of wildlife and their ecosystems. To achieve this goal, a synergistic partnership of informal science institutions, in-situ conservation organizations, in-country non-governmental organizations, and the public in the form of families, individuals, and school groups has been designed.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The most direct way to save tropical rainforests and coral reefs is through the Adopt An Acre® and Adopt A Reef® programs offered by SaveNature.org. Habitat destruction is the greatest threat to wildlife today. Wildlife and wild places cannot survive without the preservation and protection of entire ecosystems. Support will help insure the survival of millions of species of animals and plants throughtout the world for future generations. Due to a strong commitment to help solve the crisis of vanishing wildlife and to deepen the involvement of children, students, the public, zoos and aquaria and their visiting public, SaveNature.org created, for the first time, a concrete bridge between the wonder of the natural world, the reality of wildlife endangerment, and the need to act to protect them. To accomplish this goal SaveNature.org created the Conservation Parking Meters and the first Adopt An Acre® program in the United States. Since its inception, the national headquarters has been coordinated and staffed on a volunteer basis.

Organization
Schneider Children's Medical Center 
Address
295 Madison Avenue, Suite 1705 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10017 
Website
www.mdinyc.org 
Contact Person
Rosa Nunez 
Phone
(212) 759-3370 
Fax
(212) 759-0120 
Email
rnunez@mdinyc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Medical Development for Israel, Inc.'s, (MDI) objectives are to raise funds for and promote the activities of Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel, the only hospital in Israel dedicated solely to children's healthcare. MDI's Board of Directors is comprised solely of volunteers from the business, public and social communities. It is registered as a public charity 501(c)(3) and all contributions are recognized by the US taxation authorities. Over the years, MDI has helped raise funds for construction, general operation purposes, services, equipment, research, employment, continuing education of physicians and nurses through advanced training abroad, and international medical conferences and seminars. It is safe to say that MDI has contributed significantly to the fact that Schneider Children's is acknowledged today as one of the leading institutions worldwide in pediatric medicine.

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

MDI's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program has been designed specifically for American Bnai Mitzvah students and offers them the unique opportunity to develop a real and meaningful connection with Israel through its children in the spirit of tzedakah. Children can work on projects to support the hospital, and be instrumental in saving the lives of children in Israel. Students will have the option of supporting a specific project at the hospital including computers, toys, art supplies, hospital clowns and other projects that will benefit the children, or they can choose to support the general needs of the hospital.

Organization
SCOPE (Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education) 
Address
108 WEST 39TH ST., 15TH FLOOR 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
scopeusa.org/ 
Contact Person
Rachael Hochberg 
Title
Associate Director 
Phone
212-627-4097 
Email
rachael@scopeusa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
SCOPE provides camp scholarships for children in need to attend overnight summer camps.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
SCOPE works closely with you to create a project based on your interests and hobbies. Your efforts will be directly responsible for giving kids, who otherwise couldn’t afford it, the chance to experience the magic of camp!

Organization
Second Chance Toys 
Address
PO Box 1233 
City
Mountainside 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07092 
Website
www.secondchancetoys.org 
Contact Person
Jennifer Cournoyer 
Title
Operations Manager 
Phone
508-654-5940 
Email
jennifer@secondchancetoys.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Second Chance Toys is a 501c3 non-profit organization that recycles gently used plastic toys for children in need by donating them to local community organizations.  When these perfectly usable toys are thrown out, they become non-biodegradable waste in a landfill.  Hand in hand with this unnecessary waste is the fact that many children throughout the United States who could benefit from these toys, go without them.  Toys can be important to a child's development and can help with socialization, creativity and imaginations.  Second Chance Toys provides a waste-need solution to these problems.  Unwanted toys are collected and prepared for to children in need through local community organizations.  By conducting a collection for Second Chance Toys, you are helping both children in need and the environment.

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

The goal for Second Chance Toys is to create interest around the mission (to rescue and recycle plastic toys for needy children) throughout local communities.  this makes for a great Mitzvah project that is easy, fun and helps underprivileged children and the environment at the same time.

All you need to do is ask friends, family, neighbors, schools and other community groups for plastic toys they no longer use, many of which are sitting in toy chests waiting for a place to go.  Second Chance Toys will provide you with posters, flyers, hang tags and press materials.  Do your part and rescue toys before they are thrown to the curb to clutter our landfills.  Second Chance Toys will help facilitate essential connections with local organizations who will accept your collection so that you can easily create your own local program.  Help us help others, go GOOD and GREEN!

Organization
Second Wind Dreams 
Address
4343 Shallowford Road, Suite E6 
City
Marietta 
State/Country
GA 
Zip
30062 
Website
www.secondwind.org 
Contact Person
Krystle Hillery 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(678) 624-0500 
Fax
(678) 624-9578 
Email
krystle@secondwind.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Second Wind Dreams makes dreams come true for residents in long term care, thereby improving their quality of life and changing the perception of aging.  they work with the local community in fulfilling those dreams.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Groups can go into a nursing home to interview residents and discover their dreams. Many groups have raised money for the dreams program.

Organization
Shalom Baby, An Outreach Program of Synagogue Leadership Initiative (SLI) of Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey 
Address
50 Eisenhower Driver 
City
Paramus 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07652 
Website
www.jfnnj.org/page.aspx?id=140109 
Contact Person
Ellen Finkelstein 
Title
Shalom Baby Coordinator 
Phone
201-820-3917 
Email
EllenF@jfnnj.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Shalom Baby welcomes new Jewish Families to the Jewish Community of Northern New Jersey. We welcome expectant Moms or their relatives and friends to register with Shalom Baby prior to the birth of their first child. Moms or Dads will be visited by a friendly volunteer and be presented with a bag of goodies from the Jewish community and be oriented to the programs of the Jewish community appropriate to young moms.

The families are invited to attend free play groups held multiple times per month.  These play groups are a great way to introduce Jewish culture, music, holidays, etc. to the children.  And, the play groups are a wonderful way to make new friends.

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

Teen to Tot Program - This program is available to students who will become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in the next 6-9 months.  The student will meet with Nancy Bach, Shalom Baby Coordinator, to plan two after school sessions where the teen will lead a group of younger students (aged 5-7) in various Jewish traditions, holidays, songs, foods, etc.  The cost of this program is $360 (money is used for planning, promoting and buying supplies for the two sessions).

Organization
SHALVA 
Address
P.O. Box 46375 
City
Chicago 
State/Country
IL 
Zip
60646 
Website
www.shalvaonline.org 
Contact Person
Bobbie Gordon 
Title
Outreach and Prevention Educator 
Phone
(773) 583-4673 
Fax
(773) 205-0002 
Email
bgordon@shalvaonline.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
SHALVA is a domestic abuse agency that serves the Chicagoland Jewish community. They provide a number of services that include individual and group counseling, court advocacy, and prevention and education programming on domestic abuse for the community as well as the day schools.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
A cell phone project where cell phones can be collected at a variety of locations in the Chicagoland area. Also, different synagogues create cell phone projects for their students to be involved with as a Bnai Mitzvah project.

Organization
Shalva The Organization for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel 
Address
6 Ibn Denan 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91344 
Website
www.shalva.org 
Contact Person
Shira Bitansky 
Title
Senior Development Executive 
Phone
(212) 725-0900 
Fax
(212) 725-5624 
Email
shira@shalva-usa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

SHALVA was founded in May 1990 by Kalman and Malki Samuels. Their own experience with the challenge of raising a special needs child, coupled with a strong desire to help families in similar situations, was the inspiration behind the creation of the organization. Believing that the care of special needs children should not be left to the family alone, Malki and Kalman endeavored to create a therapeutic environment in which special needs children could thrive and grown. Shalva enables special needs children to thrive and develop at home rather than being institutionalized and helps their parents cope with the challenges of raising such a child at home, enabling them to maintain a normal family, social and professional life.

Today Shalva is a leader in the field of disability awareness and intervention in the MIddle East. Shalva is built upon a foundation of love, hope, faith and respect for all human beings. These guiding principles are evident in every Shalva program. The Hebrew letters comprising the name "SHALVA" stand for liberating the family and the special needs child." In Hebrew, the word shalva means "peace of mind." Shalva provides services to more than 500 participants with special needs, including infants, children, adolescents and young adults via a plethora of tailored programs and round-the-clock therapies, seven days a week. All programs and services are provided completely free of charge to hundreds of special needs children from the entire spectrum of Israeli society, regardless of ethnicity or religion. They include Mommy and Me classes; a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool; Physical, occupational and speech therapy; music, dance and computer classes; pet and movement therapies; Respite programs and a unique sleep away summer camp.

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

Shalva's Bar/Bat Mitzvah program is designed not only to make the Bar/Bat Mitzvah a more meaningful experience, but it also enables the child to begin fulfilling their newly acquired obligation to give tzedaka and to know they are helping children with special needs in the process.
The Bar/Bat Mitzvah student adopts Shalva as a tzedaka project. By doing so, they commit to give a certain percentage of the gifts they receive to Shalva or to organize a chesed project, such as a fund-raising project or collecting and delivering items for Shalva's children, such as baby clothes, art supplies, etc. Many families choose to arrange a visit to Shalva in which the family or an extended group of family and friends come to Shalva to allow the bar/bat mitzvah child to present the children at Shalva with their gift personally. Visitors can also arrange in advance to participate in an activity with Shalva's children, such as sports, cooking or arts and crafts.

All Bar/Bat Mitzvah participants receive a beautiful certificate, which can be displayed at their celebration, acknowledging their participation in the program. Shalva also provides beautiful table tent cards, letting guests know that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student has chosen Shalva as a tzedaka project.

Shalva has established a beautiful dedication wall especially for families and children who wish to share their simcha with the Shalva children through a donation of $1800 or more. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah student receives a dedication plaque on Shalva's magnificent "Children Helping Children Bar/Bat Mitzvah Torah Scroll of Honor" located in the main entrance of the Shalva Center in Jerusalem.

In a few special instances, families have chosen to make a significant gift to Shalva and host their children's bar/bat mitzvah celebration at Shalva, providing a beautiful and very meaningful experience. The funds from these events enable Shalva to provide bar/bat mitzvah celebrations for challenged children whose families would otherwise not be able to do so.

Organization
Share Your Soles Foundation 
Address
900 East 103rd Street 
City
Chicago 
State/Country
IL 
Zip
60628 
Website
www.shareyoursoles.org 
Contact Person
Mona Purdy 
Title
Founder & Executive Director 
Phone
(708) 448-4469 
Fax
(773) 568-8505 
Email
info@shareyoursoles.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Our mission is simple: To provide gently worn shoes to those in greatest need around the world. Each shoe we collect is processed & sanitized before they are shipped to where they are best needed. We think it is important to educate & involve our children who have so much to be involved & realize what is happening in other parts of the world - That is where our slogan originates...Children Caring Children Sharing.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Organize a shoe drive (guidelines are on our website) Come to the Warehouse and help sort, polish. sanitize and pack shoes to be shipped.