Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Sharsheret 
Address
1086 Teaneck Road, Suite 3A 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.sharsheret.org 
Contact Person
Sarah Eagle 
Title
Outreach Program Coordinator 
Phone
(866) 474-2774 
Fax
(201) 837-5025 
Email
seagle@sharsheret.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Sharsheret, Hebrew for "chain", is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer.  Our mission is to offer a community of support to women diagnosed with breast cancer or at increased genetic risk, by fostering culturally-relevant individualized connections with networks of peers, health professionals, and related resources.

Since Sharsheret's founding in 2001, we have responded to more than 24,000 breast cancer inquiries, involved more than 1,200 peer supporters, and presented over 250 educational programs nationwide.  Sharsheret supports young Jewish women and families facing breast cancer at every stage - before, during, and after diagnosis.  We help women and families connect to our community in the way that feels most comfortable, taking into consideration their stage of life, diagnosis, or treatment, as well as their connection to Judaism.  We also provide educational resources, offer specialized support to those facing ovarian cancer or high risk of developing cancer, and create programs for women and families to improve their quality of life.  All Sharsheret's programs are open to all men and women.

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

Organize Pledge Activities

Coordinate community activities such as bowl-a-thons, walks or races, and fashion shows.  Sharsheret can generate Pledge Forms for your special activity and help you plan your big event.

 

Spread the Word

Sharsheret offers beautiful Tribute Cards that can be used to thank family members and special guests who have participated in your celebration.  Consider purchasing Sharsheret Tribute Cards in lieu of ordinary thank you notes.

 

Plan Pink Shabbat And Bake Pink Challah

Host a Pink Shabbat in your synagogue.  In the spirit of Shabbat organize a pink challah party for you and your friends.  Sell the challah to friends and family and include educational materials to raise awareness.

 

Give Tzedakah (Charity)

Giving Tzedakah, or charity, to others at a time when you are receiving so many special gifts can be very meaningful.

 

Create And Sell

Use your creative and artistic abilities to create and sell crafts such as jewelry, greeting cards, t-shirts, and hats.  The proceeds you earn from your sales can be donated to Sharsheret in honor of your Bat/Bar Mitzvah.

 

Volunteer Your Time

Set aside hours to volunteer in the office and assist the staff in coordinating Sharsheret's programs and upcoming events.

 

Babysitting And Tutoring Network

Organize a network of babysitters and tutors available to help younger children and families in your neighborhood.  You can donate a portion of the proceeds raised from your network to Sharsheret.

 

Go For The Goal

Exercise your love of sports and competitive edge to raise awareness about breast cancer.

 

Coordinate A Glass Ribbon Project

Create fused glass mosaics to adorn beautiful pieces of handcrafted Judaica or Strength Stones, designed by artist Gary Rosenthal to be sold in stores across the country.  A portion of every sale is donate to Sharsheret.

 

For more information about Sharsheret's Bat/Bar Mitzvah Program, contact Ellen Kleinhaus at ekleinhaus@sharsheret.org or 866-474-2774.

Organization
Shoes That Fit 
Address
1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 204A 
City
Claremont 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
91711 
Website
www.shoesthatfit.org 
Contact Person
Lee Kane 
Title
Program Manager 
Phone
888-715-4333 
Fax
909-482-0085 
Email
info@shoesthatfit.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Shoes That Fit is a non-profit children's charity. The mission of Shoes That Fit is to provide new shoes to children in need so they can attend school in comfort and with dignity. We do this by matching sponsors such as Temples, Churches, businesses or adolescents looking for volunteer opportunities with schools that have children in need.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Children or sponsoring groups have organized shoe drives in conjunction with a school in need. The school staff identifies and measures a specific number of children in need based on the number of children the child or sponsor wants to help. Donations of new shoes for our Emergency Warehouse and of course, monetary donations are always welcome. Volunteers are encouraged to contact the office of Shoes That Fit for guidance.

Organization
Sid Jacobson JCC 
Address
300 Forest Drive 
City
East Hills 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11548 
Website
www.sjjcc.org 
Contact Person
Becca Firestone 
Title
Director of Teen Services 
Phone
(516) 484-1545 x117 
Fax
(516) 484-7354 
Email
bfirestone@sjjcc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
As the only full-service Jewish Community Center on Long Island's North Shore, the Sid Jacobson JCC provides a full range of recreational, health, fitness, educational, cultural, arts, and social services programs. Through their doors come tots and teens, the vigorous and the infirm, singles and families, young professionals and mature retirees, Jews and non-Jews, the spiritually committed, and those still searching. The Sid Jacobson JCC is a place to find a friend, to nurture children, to join together in providing a better community for the benefit of all.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The JCC has opportunitites for youth ages 11-13 working with a variety of different populations, including: young children, adults, and seniors. Volunteers can also work in their sports department, theatre department, or with their support staff. The JCC can help provide a unique volunteering experience based on an individual's interest and abilities too!

Organization
Sierra House Inc 
Address
11 South Maple Avenue 
City
East Orange 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07018 
Website
www.sierrahouse.org 
Contact Person
Keely Freeman 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(973) 678-3556 
Fax
(973) 678-2721 
Email
kfreeman@sierrahouse.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Sierra House Transitional Program is for homeless young women and mothers, between the ages of 18 and 25, who are victims of abuse, neglect or aging out of the foster care system. Participants of the program are economically disadvantaged and face barriers to employment, education, income, and health when they come to the Sierra House. While this group is difficult to reach, we are committed to serving them. Our mission is to provide housing, educational support, job skills, counseling, life skills and critical social services to help them attain self-sufficiency. Our two-year program has been successful at helping young women.
 
Currently, all of our residents are in school or working. In 2011, Sierra House was instrumental in enrolling six residents in college. Last year, one resident earned her GED, one was accepted into college, six secured employment, one secured a trade certificate as a Medical Assistant, and one completed her training in Early Childhood Education. Sierra House is also proud to report that one resident was able to gain full custody of her daughter from the Department of Children and Family Services in part due to participating in the Sierra House Transitional Program.

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

Sierra House can provide adolescents with the opportunity to volunteer their time and efforts, knowing that they will have a major impact on the life of a homeless young woman or mother. Performing a Community Service project at Sierra House provides participants with a meaningful "give-back" experience by allowing them to see first-hand how many of the things we tend to take for granted are not available to everyone. Helping the homeless young girls at Sierra House is a "Win-Win" proposition. Volunteers gain teamwork and philanthropic experience, while the homeless young women and mothers we serve gain access to interactions and supplies that they might not be able to acquire.

Sierra House has a variety of projects that adolescent volunteers can work on all of which can be tailored based on the interests of the volunteers. Some of the ways you can help Sierra House break the cycle of homelessness include:

1. Donate or share a part of your birthday or Bar/Bat Mitzvah gifts to Sierra House

2. Raise funds to help pay for the general operating expenses of the shelter by holding car washes, bakes sales, garage sales

3. Collect personal care items (shampoo & conditioner, soap, hand soap, deodorant, lotion, etc.) and household products (clothes detergent, pillow cases, twin sheets & blankets, toilet tissue, paper towels, garbage bags, etc.) for the young women

4. Collecting baby supplies (e.g., diapers, wipes, powder, lotion)

5. "Adopting A Room" Project volunteer to redecorate one of the resident's rooms

6. "Get It Together" Project volunteer to reorganize an area at the house (e.g., closet, garage)

Organization
Soccer for Peace 
Address
240 West 98th Street, Suite 12A 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10025 
Website
www.soccerforpeace.com 
Contact Person
Ori Winitzer 
Title
Chairman and Founder 
Phone
9175825060 
Email
ori@soccerforpeace.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Since its establishment in 2005, Soccer for Peace has focused its efforts on addressing the Middle East conflict through Goals of Peace, a holistic program with soccer at its center. Through soccer, dialogue, and enrichment activities, Goals of Peace works to unite Arab-Israeli and Jewish-Israeli children from Israel's troubled Wadi Ara region. Every summer, the children meet at a central location to learn about soccer and practice, play, and compete together on league teams. The sports element of the program is supplemented by enrichment and dialogue activities geared toward providing the tools and atmosphere for tolerance, acceptance, communication, and familiarity with each other's culture.
Through Soccer for Peace's Mitzvah Project Program, American Bar and Bat Mitzvah youth develop fundraising activities for the benefit of Soccer for Peace, often visiting our programming in Israel to participate in camp. The program provides the youth, many of whom are heavily committed to soccer, a way in which to connect to Israel in a meaningful way. In addition, it helps the children understand that despite the complexities of the security and peace situation in Israel, there are ways to work towards a solution which they can be a part of.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We encourage Bnai Mitzvah youth to make their project their own.
Youth choose various types of programming in their hometowns to raise awareness and funding for Soccer for Peace. Past projects have included soccer tournaments, bake sales, soccer goal derbies, soccer goal pledging (youth raise pledges from family and friends to donate a certain amount for each goal they score in their soccer season).
Some of these projects have been paired with online crowdfunding campaigns through a special user-friendly platform we partner with.
In addition, several of our past B'nai Mitzvah youth have visited Israel around the time of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and participated in our Goals for Peace Summer Camp, further connecting them to their Jewish Israeli and Arab Israeli peers.

Organization
SPCA of Westchester 
Address
590 North State Road 
City
Briarcliff Manor 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10510 
Website
www.spca914.org 
Contact Person
Alice Shanahan 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(914) 941-2896 x28 
Fax
(914) 762-8312 
Email
alice@spca914.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Rescue and Adoption Agency, located in Briarcliff Manor since 1883. Our mission is to find homes for every dog and cat in our care, which number about 200 at any given time. We receive no federal, state, or local funding and rely entirely on the generosity of individuals, foundations, and companies for our support. Our volunteer program is geared to making the lives of our homeless animals as good as it possibly can be while they are with us at our shelter, at the same time we are looking for loving "forever" homes.

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

The following programs have been developed for volunteers under 18 years of age. Our insurance carrier does not allow kids under 18 to work directly with the animals.
 
 
We have had many scout and school groups, as well as individuals needing community service projects take part in these programs and they have enjoyed them very much. More importantly, they have made a real difference in the lives of the shelter animals.
 
* Pet Sponsorship "Adopt a Shelter Pet". Visit the shelter and meet and take pictures of your dog or cat. Create "Adopt Me" posters and hang them in public places in your local area. Find ways to raise money for "Wish List" items or get donations of supplies for your dog or cat and all the other shelter animals, thereby helping with their support. Some suggestions are donation boxes/drives; bake sales, lemonade stands, or car washes. While at the shelter, take a tour, and get a brief history and educational information re: the SPCA, humane care, and ways in which young people can make a difference in the lives of animals.
 
* Golden Outreach This is a pet therapy program where adults and/or young people bring their dogs to the SPCA for evaluation. The dogs temperament and behavior is tested for suitability for visits to a health care facility. Once the dog passes the evaluation, we will train the human/canine team to visit on a regular basis. This very successful program has been in existence for over 15 years. We currently visit over 40 health care facilities in Westchester County. Some teams include pet therapy dogs from the shelter.
 
* Events - We take part in community and animal related events on a regular basis. Help staff our booth, give out literature and information about the SPCA and the Simpson Spay/Neuter Clinic and the services we provide to the community. Raise money for the shelter animals through sales of pet products, and SPCA logo items.
 
* Shelter Beautification - There are always projects that need help going on at the shelter. They include planting, weeding, gardening, clean-up, painting, trail maintenance, and more.

Organization
St. Joseph Baby Corner 
Address
528 18th Avenue 
City
Seattle 
State/Country
WA 
Zip
98122 
Website
www.seattlebabycorner.org 
Contact Person
Shana Allen 
Title
Volunteer Manager 
Phone
206-686-3110 
Fax
(206) 568-4419 
Email
shana@westsidebaby.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

St. Joseph's Baby Corner provides for the immediate needs of babies and young children in poverty. The only information they have on the child is age, sex and weight. They are often asked for diapers, car seats, clothing, equipment and toys. They also help provide for the burial of babies under two years of age in families that cannot afford to bury the child that has died. They know nothing of the religious background unless it is relevant to what is needed for the baby. They also make "Flee Bags" for women fleeing domestic violence. The bags contain what these women needs for the first 48 hours -- tooth brush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, etc. The bags need not be brand new, but they must be sizeable tote bags. Often the effort to leave is torpedoed because she leaves with a big plastic bag with what she can carry. The tote bag makes her invisible to the people at the train depot or bus terminal. It keeps her safe until she can leave town quickly.

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

Collection of baby items: soap, ointment, diapers, bottles and bottle brushes, as well as items for "Flee Bags".

Organization
Standing Together 
Address
PO Box 1029 
City
Efrat 
Zip
90435 
Website
www.stogether.org 
Contact Person
Miriam Gottlieb 
Title
Director of Development 
Phone
050-558-0822 
Email
info@stogether.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
We offer the worldwide Jewish community the opportunity to show Hakarat HaTov (appreciation) to Israeli Soldiers for defending our people and our land. We do this with a hospitality trailer carrying drinks, food and cold treats to soldiers all over Israel.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We can tailor special projects and programs depending on the unique situation. If the child is coming to Israel , they are invited to go out with us to the soldiers and distribute food and drinks. We can do barbeques at army bases, pizza parties or other special events here in Israel. For families not visiting Israel, children can participate in many different activities such as letter writing, fundraising for specific events or foods and many more.

Organization
Strength to Strength (formerly One Heart Global) 
Address
35 West 96th Street, Suite 7C 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10025 
Website
www.stosglobal.org 
Contact Person
Sarri Singer 
Title
Director 
Phone
(877) 432-7811 
Fax
(732) 364-4441 
Email
info@stosglobal.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Strength to Strength (formerly One Heart Global) is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization established to assist victims of terrorism with long term psychological needs through regular meetings, provision of information and advice, and raising awareness of the unmet needs of victims and their families.  Strength to Strength enables victims of terrorism to share experiences and empower them to live life to their best potential.  We remain committed to each victim through our global network.

They currently work directly with Israel, England, Spain, France, Northern Ireland, United States (9/11 and Oklahoma City), Uganda, Kenya and Argentina.

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

There are a number of projects that a Bnai Mitzvah can assist with including raising funds for programs which include supporting group meetings, psychological care for a victim and/or family, week long program for young adults ages 14-20 who have lost parents and/siblings in terrorist attacks or were injured themselves, and various other ideas we can discuss.  Strength to Strength would like the Bnai Mitzvah Project to be something personal to the person who is helping us so we would talk to the family and see how exactly they would like to help and offer ideas for them.

Organization
Students Against Terrorism 
Address
12324 Merit Drive 
City
Dallas 
State/Country
TX 
Zip
Texas 
Website
www.studentsagainstterrorism.org 
Contact Person
Dania Tanur or Itai Guttman 
Title
Presidents 
Phone
214-392-1672 or 214-535-1598 
Email
tanurdania@gmail.com or guttmanitai@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Students Against Terrorism is a student-run organization based in Dallas, Texas which raises money for victims of terror in Israel through a number of programs. Their main fundraiser is the community wide 3-on-3 Points for Peace Basketball Tournament, now in its fourth year. They also created the Standstrong 4 Israel wristbands. They have sold over 30,000 bracelets across the world. Overall, in four years, Students Against Terrorism has raised $140,000 for victims of terrorism. They have used that money to purchase an ambulance for Magen David Adom, currently in use in Israel. Last year, they paid for sixty kids to attend "Camp Koby," a summer camp for relatives of terrorist victims. S.A.T. has united the Dallas Jewish community - and other communities - behind victims of terror and stood with them in their time of need.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Students Against Terrorism is open to new and original Bnai Mitzvah projects. Currently, they have a number of programs that are perfect for Bnai Mitzvah projects. Their Standstrong 4 Israel bracelets are a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Students Against Terrorism, and Israel. S.A.T. will ship bracelets, free of charge, to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah student. A goal is to set a maximum amount to be sold. All proceeds from the wristband sales are sent to S.A.T.'s sponsored organization. The bracelets are a fun, fashionable way to show support for Israel. They are an easy sell for many people, and make for a very successful, easy, and important Bnai Mitzvah project. Other than the bracelets, Students Against Terrorism is currently seeking to expand to other cities. Any Bar or Bat Mitzvah student interested in spreading awareness about the situation in Israel and work on behalf of victims of terror should certainly be in touch.

Organization
Summit Institute 
Address
5 Tsiporah St. POB 10234 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91101 
Website
www.summit.org.il 
Contact Person
Aynat Libman 
Title
Development Officer 
Phone
973-243-1052 
Fax
972-2-672-2141 
Email
Aynat_lib@hotmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Summit today cares for 960 children, youth and young adults in two programs: 1. A foster care program for abused and neglected children and youth (aged 0-18) in the Jerusalem and southern regions of Israel. 2. A rehabilitation program in Jerusalem caring for 230 adolescents and young adults (aged 18-35) from throughout Israel with a history of psychiatric illness. In addition to the day to day coordination of the foster placement, Summit organizes holiday parties, bi weekly group therapy sessions and funding for classes in music, sport and computers skills for the benefit of children in foster care. We attempt to give all those in our foster program the love and support most people have the privilege to receive from their families. Please contact our US representative, Aynat Libman, to discuss the many opportunities available to assist Summit's foster children.

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

Summit offers the opportunity for B'nai Mitzvah to connect with an Israeli child their age and create a life long bond in many ways:
 
* B'nai Mitzvah can "adopt" a foster child. We welcome a pen pal type relationship. Summit can match you with a child with similar interests, whether sports, music, computers, etc. B'nai Mitzvah will gain a deeper understanding of life in Israel for children their age. At the same time, the Bnai Mitzvah can sponsor classes for their pen pal in music, art, sports.
 
* Should the teenager come to Israel they can sponsor and participate in a celebration for a child that otherwise, does not have the resources for a celebration.
 
* B'nai Mitzvah can choose to donate some of the gifts they receive. Or B'nai Mitzvah can dedicate financial gifts received at their celebration to Summit's foster care program.

Organization
Sunday Friends Foundation 
Address
P.O. Box 24887 
City
San Jose 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
95154-4887 
Website
www.sundayfriends.org 
Contact Person
Janis Baron 
Title
Board President 
Phone
(408) 793-0441 
Fax
(408) 356-9700 
Email
mail@sundayfriends.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Sunday Friends is a secular non-profit organization located in San Jose that serves homeless and very-low-income families. Our goal is to bring about change in the lives of families that lack the financial resources and community support it takes to get back on their feet. Sunday Friends empowers families in need to break the cycle of poverty by providing a safe place where children and their parents are provided opportunities to earn the things they need to promote self-reliance and a healthy, productive lifestyle. Through everyday activities, such as preparing healthy meals, writing letters to donors and making gifts for nursing home residents and hospitalized children, they give back to their community as they develop self-sufficiency. All of our activities foster the growth of developmental assets in children. We include their parents so that the practice of positive life skills will continue throughout the week. We call our unique approach "The Working Alternative to Charity".

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

Sunday Friends offers a personal and meaningful, yet safe and wholesome volunteering opportunity. We provide detailed instructions and orientations so that all volunteers have a positive experience that allows them to expand their pictures of themselves, of people with different life circumstances and of their potential roles in the world.
 
* Organize a drive to collect things Sunday Friends needs including school supplies, new toys, basic necessities such as diapers, soap, toothpaste, laundry detergent and other consumables. We can offer you lots of support to help you with this effort.
 
* Have a party or movie night and ask every guest to bring one or more items to donate to Sunday Friends. Be sure to look at http://www.sundayfriends.org/party.html to review some fun ideas.
 
* With adult supervision, 11 to 13 year olds can volunteer at Sunday Programs where they will assist with constructive projects, including cooking, art, writing, reading and educational games. This is an opportunity to serve as a positive role model for young children while helping them to practice work ethics, manners and academics. The setting is healthy, warm and supportive