Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
World ORT 
Address
2152 Ralph Avenue, Box #146 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11234 
Website
www.ort.org 
Contact Person
Valerie Khaytina 
Title
Deputy North American Representative 
Phone
347-312-6468 
Fax
347-655-1555 
Email
valerie.khaytina@ort.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Established in Tsarist Russia in 1880 to provide craft and agricultural training for impoverished Jews in the Pale of Settlement, World ORT today is a global organization reaching over 250,000 people. It delivers up-to-date education, skills-based training, and educational resources to tens of thousands of students, young and old, in 60 countries, irrespective of their religious or ethnic background.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Missile attacks are a constant threat for students in schools in Shaar HaNegev and Hof Ashkelon, which are located two kilometers from the Gaza border. Forty percent of students live below poverty line. Many care for their younger siblings because parents are unable to provide adequate attention. Despite every day hardships, the students try to engage with their Palestinian peers in peace dialogues; they strive to perform well in school to have better prospects in life through education; and they don't lose their spirits, regularly participating in extracurricular activities like soccer, painting, or horseback riding. Your donation can give a student at the Gaza border a voucher for things he or she needs most – eye glasses, calculators, sports shoes, books, or drawing supplies – to provide basic items to help succeed in school and to take their minds away from everyday hardships.

Organization
Yachad (NJ Chapter) 
Address
1345 Queen Anne Rd. 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.yachad.org 
Contact Person
Chani Herrmann 
Title
Director of NJ Yachad 
Phone
(917) 885-7178 
Fax
(212) 613-0796 
Email
herrmann@ou.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Yachad/NJCD is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in the Jewish community. Our membership is divided into three groups: Junior Yachad (8 to 15 years of age) Senior Yachad (16 - 25 years or age) Rayim Yachad (26 years of age and above) Yachad members participate in several inclusive activities per month. There are Yachad Chapters located throughout the United States and Canada. Yachad activities provide our members with opportunities for personal growth and enriched lives. The 'inclusive design' gives our special population their rightful place within the Jewish community, while helping to educate our community about our members' abilities and strengths.

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

* Sunday "CAP"- Cultural Arts Program takes place monthly and needs wonderful volunteers to come and have fun with all of our kids!
 
* Sponsor a month of "CAP" by making a donation to NJ Yachad and bring your friends to participate in the activities that month in your honor.
 
* Sponsor a child or young adult to go on a summer program.
 
* Invite Junior Yachad to come to your Bar/Bat Mitzvah and share in the festivities. Our hands on staff will make sure everyone has a great and meaningful experience.
 
* Invite a local Yachad Chapter to your school for a meaningful and inclusive program.

Organization
Yad Ezra V'Shulamit 
Address
20 Yoel Street 
City
Jerusalem, Israel 
Website
www.yadezra.net 
Contact Person
Miri 
Phone
02-664-5161 
Email
feedisrael10@yadezra.net 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Are looking for a meaningful volunteer experience in Israel? You are cordially invited to see a world that exists behind the scenes here in Israel. A world which provides a glimmer of hope for impoverished families.


Come help pack food baskets at Yad Ezra V'Shulamit. Make your trip to Israel meaningful. Your time is a gift to hungry kids. Without volunteers, we would not be able to provide over 3,000 food baskets to hungry people throughout Israel on a weekly basis. Our warehouse is located in Jerusalem and our volunteer packing hours are Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm (other days available upon request).

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

Bnai Mitzvah can help Yad Ezra V'Shuamit in the following areas:
 
* Raise funds for food baskets or sponsor a child in one of the Children's Centers
 
* Help package food baskets onsite
 
* Create and send presents for underpriveleged children
 
* Write and send encouraging letters to the children

Organization
Yad LaKashish/Lifeline for the Old 
Address
14 Shivtei Israel St., P.O. Box 28 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91000 
Website
www.lifeline.org.il 
Contact Person
Nava Ein-Mor 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
972-2-628-7829 
Fax
972-2-627-3739 
Email
lifeline@netvision.net.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Yad LaKashish (Lifeline for the Old) is a non-profit organization that offers Jerusalem's needy elderly and disabled residents the opportunity to remain an integral part of society. Maimonides teaches that it is far better to give someone a way to earn his or her daily bread than to simply hand it out. Our mission is to translate this philosophy into reality. Five mornings a week, nearly 300 elderly and disabled people (mostly immigrants) come to Yad LaKashish, where they work in a variety of handicraft workshops, including bookbinding, ceramics, needlework, hand-made paper, silk-painting and metalwork. The work is adapted to the capacities of each person, emphasizing acceptance of individuals, regardless of their limitations. In return for their work, participants receive a stipend, a free monthly bus pass, a daily full-course hot meal, dental subsidies, hearing-aid subsidies, and monetary gifts for the holidays. All of the high-quality craft and Judaica items created in the workshops are sold in our gift shop. The sale of an item serves two functions at Yad LaKashish: to earn revenue that will go directly into our program, and to provide our artisans with income and a sense of pride for their work.

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

How can you get involved?
 
* Volunteer with Yad LaKashish on your next trip to Israel.
 
* Teach the message of "helping others to help themselves" in your classroom. Yad Lakashish will send you a DVD to show your class and provide you with important discussion points and lesson plans to help you share their message. Invite someone who has visited Yad LaKashish (parent, rabbi or congregant) and have them speak about their experience. Teachers can focus on great accomplishments made by different elderly people (there are many examples of this in religious texts) or create a station rotation activity designed to simulate in class what it is like to be elderly and disabled.
 
* Encourage your synagogue gift shop to sell items made by the elderly and disabled artisans at Yad LaKashish.
 
*For your Bar/Bat Mitzvah...choose Yad LaKashish as your theme!
   
      * Start by selecting custom-made invitations and place cards designed and created by the elderly in our workshops. Include a letter for your guests explaining Yad LaKashish's "Tzedakah in Action" message.
 
      * Organize a fair at your synagogue to sell craft and Judaica items created at Yad LaKashish.
 
      * Hold a garage sale in your neighborhood to raise money for the work being done at Yad LaKashish.
 
      * You can also encourage your guests to make a donation to Yad LaKashish in honor of your celebration, or consider donating a portion of your gift money.
 
      * Centerpieces,kippot, invitations, and napkin rings can be custom-made by our elderly artisans for your event (as well as hamsas, key chains, bookmarks, and other small gifts for your guests). Consider using beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, hand-painted silk scarves, knitted purses or other items as dance prizes.
 
      * You can order your Bar/Bat Mitzvah talit to be handmade by the artisans at Yad LaKashish.
 
      * In the past, many students have talked about the mitzvah of respect and dignity for the elderly in their dvar torah. Literature about the organization can be distributed to guests, and a short video about Yad LaKashish can be shown.
 
      * As a culmination of your experience, come visit Yad LaKashish's workshops in Jerusalem and meet the elderly artisans with your friends or family!

Organization
Yad Leah 
Address
362 South Parkway 
City
Clifton 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07014 
Website
www.YadLeah.org 
Contact Person
Jessica Katz 
Title
Director 
Phone
(973) 955-0861 
Email
Info@YadLeah.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Yad Leah's mission is to alleviate the impact of poverty in Israel by providing high quality, new and lightly used clothes to low income Jewish communities in a manner that preserves self-respect. Collected by volunteers in the United States, the clothing is "sold" for a fraction of its true value in a store-like environments in Israel. By providing families with the opportunity to shop for affordable clothing, Yad Leah treats its "customers" with the dignity that is due all human beings. Yad Leah services all Jews in need throughout Israel, regardless of religious or political orientation.

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

Young men and women together with their families have an opportunity to run their own clothing drive. You can run a targeted drive that collects jackets, coats and outwear for the winter. You can collect just baby clothing for young families or clothing just for teens. For those youngsters and their families who are very ambitious and who really want to make huge difference in the lives of many families in Israel, they can run a full scale clothing drive that aims to collect a whole range of clothing from infant through adult. You can design your own brochures and flyers or Yad Leah can give you the material and help you through the process of running the drive. At the end of the drive, come visit our packing facility in Northern NJ where you can have the opportunity to tour our site and see first hand how the clothing that you collect gets shipped and distributed to families who need and appreciate it. By sharing the actual clothes that you have in your own closet that may not fit you any more, you have a unique opportunity to give another Jewish child dignity and joy. You also have an opportunity to raise money that will help fund the shipping and distribution of the clothes from your drive. Fundraising efforts can take many different forms including : Bowl-a-tons Walk-a-thons Bake sales Carnivals Craft sales

Organization
Yaldeinu 
Address
196 Citation Drive 
City
Concord 
Zip
L4k 2V2 
Website
www.yaldeinu.org 
Contact Person
Michael Ettedgui 
Phone
(905) 482-3374 
Email
admin@yaldeinu.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Yaldeinu (Our Children) is an international charitable organization dedicated to preserving the traditions and ideals of Judaism by providing formal and informal education to a myriad of Jewish children in various parts of the world. Yaldeinu's activities are divided into two categories: Jewish day school education and Jewish camping. Scholarships are granted to underprivileged children in conjunction with the most reputable Jewish educational institutions in such parts of the world as the Former Soviet Union, Latin America and North Africa. These scholarships are distributed to children whose parents cannot afford day school tuition in their countries of residence. Yaldeinu's camping program generates lifelong memories by sponsoring children from foreign countries to participate in Zionist summer camps. Through our partnerships with the various camps, Yaldeinu funds child delegations, from specifically targeted cities, immersing them in specially-created camp sessions complete with integration programming. Yaldeinu's camping program seeks out communities with tiny Jewish populations where day schools do not exist because it is these communities who are most at risk of assimilation. Examples of such communities are those of Sub-Saharan Africa and some parts of Latin America.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Projects: "A unique B'nai Mitzvah giving opportunity" How about using your Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts to realize your first true mitzvah as a Jewish Adult? Through Yaldeinu's B'nai Mitvah Twinning Program you can! The program will allow you to send someone your age, in a developing country to Jewish day school, or to bring him/her to Canada or the US to attend your summer camp this summer! You can also sponsor the campership of an Israeli victim of terrorism at overnight camp this Summer! Even make a connection and forge a relationship with a Jewish kid your own age though Yaldeinu's pen pal program.

Organization
Yashar LaChayal 
Address
P.O. Box 69 
City
Maale Adumim 
Zip
98410 
Website
www.yasharlachayal.org 
Email
info@yasharlachayal.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Yashar LaChayal's mission is to bring soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces what they need, when they need it.  We work to make a direct connection with the soldiers, let them know how much they are appreciated by their supporters around the world and in Israel, and make their job less complicated by making sure they have the necessary material goods and support services.

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

Yashar LaChayal has been helping soldiers since 2006.  Yashar LaChayal sponsors several annual campaigns, such as the Warm Winter Project, providing combat soldiers with fleece jackets, thermal underwear, neckwarmers, gloves, etc., in the winter, and the Water Backpack Campaign in the spring and summer.  In addition, we supply work closely with needy soldiers, maintaining Needy Soldiers Supply Closets filled with toiletries, blankets, socks and other necessities, and distributing food baskets to needy soldiers and their families for the holidays.  Yashar LaChayal also works closely with Lone Soldiers, ensuring that they have the goods they need and a support system during and after their service.  Additional projects are described in detail on our website: www.yasharlachayal.org.

Every donation goes directly to the soldiers.  We are grateful recipients of a grant that funds all our operating expenses, so all other money is used to make purchases for the soldiers.

You can show your support for the IDF combat soldiers by adopting a unit, or by raising money to provide soldiers with specific goods.  The soldiers appreciate everything we bring them, and are thrilled to thank their supporters via a video we make when we deliver the goods, and send right to the donor.

Organization
Yorkville Common Pantry 
Address
8 E 109th Street 
City
Manhattan 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10029 
Website
www.ycp.org 
Contact Person
Jen Winter 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(917) 720-9710 
Fax
(917) 720-9670 
Email
jwinter@nycommonpantry.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
YCP is the largest food pantry and soup kitchen in the city. They serve breakfast Monday through Friday and dinner on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, serving about 300 people per meal. They also serve over 1200 families through their food pantry each week.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Monday volunteers can come in to help clean the pantry. Tuesday is their stocking day and volunteers can come and help restock their pantry shelves. Thursday and Friday are their pantry distribution days and volunteers are needed to pack and distribute pantry bags. Monday, Wednesday and Friday volunteers can come from 2-6:30 to help prepare and serve dinner. Times vary by day. Call to schedule a time to volunteer.

Organization
Youk's Kids 
Address
PO Box 600311 
City
Newtonville 
State/Country
MA 
Zip
02460 
Website
www.youkskids.org 
Contact Person
Melanie Myers 
Title
Director of Events 
Phone
(617) 964-9685 
Email
melanie@youkskids.org 
 

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Description of Organization:

Youk's Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded by Boston Red Sox infielder, Kevin Youkilis.  Youk's Kids mission is to create a community of support, increase awareness, and advocate for the health and well-being of children in need.  We do this by supporting critically ill children at Josh Cares, at risk youth at the Italian Home for Children, as well as children of fallen or disabled men and women of service through our Athletes for Heroes program.  Entering its 4th year as an established charity, Youk's Kids will continue to provide a voice for children who do not have their own.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Please call and we can discuss!

Organization
Youngstown Community Food Center Inc. and Gleaners Food Bank 
Address
94 Pyatt Street. 
City
Youngstown 
State/Country
OH 
Zip
44502 
Website
youngstowncommunityfoodcenter.org 
Contact Person
Joe Lordi 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
330-509-5087 
Fax
330-726-9591 
Email
lordij@msn.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The food bank is non-profit organization that gives food and non-food items to the less fortunate of our community and surrounding area. We rely on donations from private individuals, foundation, private companies and organizations to operate the food bank, pay for utilities, necessary repairs and to keep our trucks running. The work at the food bank is done by an all volunteer staff who are all senior citizens. There isn't any cost for the items that we give away. We have sent goods to the victims in Mississippi and Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
We welcome children to volunteer so that they can see for themselves how many people need help living from day to day. Today everyone is worrying what problem will come to them tomorrow or the next day or next week. The children could help sort through the goods that are sent to us, wash off the bottles or cans that are dirty from being stored and shipped in open cardboard bins and then stack them on the shelves for distribution to the needy.

Organization
YWCA of Bergen County 
Address
112 Oak Street 
City
Ridgewood 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07450 
Website
www.ywcabergencounty.org 
Contact Person
Linda Doller 
Title
Director of Health and Therapeutics 
Phone
201-444-5600 ext.348 
Fax
201-447-9699 
Email
ldoller@ywcabergencounty.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The YWCA offers many programs for children and adults including those with any types of physical/mental challengs. It is a coed facility and has early childhood learning, aquatics, fitness and womens programs.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Swimming one-on-one with special needs children or adults. This program offers swim skills along with socialization and recreation.

Organization
ZAKA - Rescue and Recovery 
Address
3 Gmul St. POB 50578 
City
Jerusalem 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
91504 
Website
www.zaka.org.il 
Contact Person
Katherine Amrani 
Title
International Relations 
Phone
(02) 501-5127 
Fax
(02) 501-5126 
Email
amrani@zaka.org.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Officially founded in 1995, ZAKA is an Israeli voluntary humanitarian organization with nearly 1,000 volunteers which responds to emergency situations throughout the country, providing immediate first aid and rescue to victims of disaster. Its members are deployed throughout the country, from Kiryat Shmoneh in the North to Eilat in the South. At any time of the day or night they are called into action - whether it is a terrorist attack ,emergency or any kind of disaster - to care for the wounded and save lives, collect bodies or body parts, prepare the deceased for burial according to Jewish law, assist in identifying bodies or informing the next of kin. ZAKA has branched and emerged as the dominant rescue, life saving, and recovery NGO in Israel. ZAKA's prime objective is to save lives and for those lives that could not be saved to respectfully care for them. As is said in the Talmud, "Whoever saves one life is as though he saved the entire world".

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

Since ZAKA is an Israeli humanitarian emergency rescue organization children between the ages of 11 - 13 have the opportunity to help raise funds for the organization to continue its work. One special Bnai Mitzvah project that many children have participated in is on the invitation for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah they have indicated to please donate to ZAKA instead of presents. This is a very special step that the young adult is taking into the world of mitzvot. Another project is a fund raising drive during Chanukah or any one of the Jewish holidays. The children use special ZAKA tzedakah boxes in order to raise funds to purchase a specific piece of equipment for ZAKA, such as a life saving kit, or a defibrillator, or a life saving station, etc.
 
These special projects performed by the children, individually or as a group, for instance a whole class, are great learning experiences. The children learn about Israel and its special needs, about life saving measures, performing mitzvot, and importance of contributing to the Jewish community.