Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Dental Volunteers for Israel 
Address
29 Mekor Chaim St. 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
93465 
Website
www.dental-dvi.org.il 
Contact Person
Aliza Solomon 
Title
International Relations 
Phone
02-678-3101 
Fax
02-678-4737 
Email
international@dental-dvi.org.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Dental Volunteers for Israel (DVI) operates a free dental clinic in Jerusalem for disadvantaged children and youth-at-risk. Children treated at the clinic range from 4 to 26 years old and come from all the diverse backgrounds represented in Jerusalem, including Ethiopian, Palestinian, Ultra-Orthodox and Secular Jewish Israeli children and youth. The children receive all the necessary preventative and restorative dentistry which they would not otherwise be able to afford. DVI never requests payment for any treatment. Mrs. Trudi Birger, a Holocaust survivor, who saw childrens care as her goal in life, established DVI in 1980. The clinic is operated by dentists from around the world who volunteer for periods of 1 2 weeks. D.V.I. treats some 50 poor children per day, most of whom are arriving for the first time in their life to a dentist, and some are even in their teens. They receive their first toothbrush and learn how to keep their teeth healthy throughout their lifetime. Dental Volunteers for Israel is proud to be a unique organization providing approx. 1,000 free treatments monthly.

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

Sponsor one child's treatment for one year - $180 Organize a toothbrush drive for DVI's patients Sponsor 10 children's treatment for one year - $1,800

Organization
Do Something 
Address
24-32 Union Square East, 4th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10003 
Website
www.dosomething.org 
Contact Person
Mike Fantini 
Title
Youth Outreach Associate 
Phone
(212) 254-2390 x.232 
Fax
(212) 254-2391 
Email
mfantini@dosomething.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the U.S. that helps young people rock causes they care about.  A driving force in creating a culture of volunteerism, DoSomething.org is on track to activate two million young people in 2011.  By leveraging the web, television, mobile, and pop culture, DoSomething.org inspires, empowers and celebrated a generation of doers: young people (25 and under) who recognize the need to do something, believe in their ability to get it done, and then take action.

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

DoSomething.org offers tons of easy project ideas and facilitates your action.  We have tones of easy projects you can do like our Teens for Jeans jean collection drives, Green Schools Challenge to make your school more environmentally friendly, and our Staples for Students school supply drive, plus so much more.  Check out DoSomething.org/Campaigns to see all of the campaigns we run.  Plus, we have tons of project ideas for you to create your own project.  Go to DoSomething.org/WhatsYourThing to find tons of easy action ideas.

Organization
DogAbility Center 
Address
153 Broadway 
City
Hicksville 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11801 
Website
www.dogabilitycenter.org/index.html 
Contact Person
Lauren Kruger 
Title
Assistant Director 
Phone
5162326569 
Fax
5162326569 
Email
Lauren.dogability@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
To provide innovative canine-assisted experiences, using certified activity therapy dogs with skilled handlers that afford comfort, inspiration, socialization, education and recreation to better the lives of children and adults of all abilities.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Assistance in facilitating activities/programs/parties for children and adults with and without special needs/disabilities.

Organization
Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk 
Address
D.N. Modiin 
City
Dolev 
Zip
71935 
Website
dolev4u.org 
Contact Person
Mimi Tsadok 
Title
Director of Development 
Phone
972-773441624 
Fax
972-2-5631026 
Email
mtsadok2@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Located near Modiin, Dolev Homes for Youth at Risk was established in 1987 by the members of Dolev, who hoet them weekly in their homes, as a residential facility and school for religious girls at risk. Today, it serves some 107 such troubled girls, ranging in age from 10-19. Referred to the facility by social workers and court order, these girls faced a bleak future before arriving at Ulpanat Dolev from all over Israel. For the most part, they were born into poverty, large families and parents emotionally as well as financially unable to meet the needs of these adolescent girls.
Dolev Homes offers these girls a basic middle and senior high school education of religious and general studies, combined with vocational courses that prepare them for possible careers in early-childhood caregiving, computer repair, videography, financial literacy and pastry baking. Therapy sessions help enhance each girl's self-worth through the use of video, music, dance and equestrian riding. They live in 12 mishpachotonim - family homes for a model family who mentors 10-12 girls 24/7. Also truly unique for Israel, Dolev Homes is partnered in an award-winning program that integrates the 200-family Dolev community hosting students on a weekly basis. Now, due to their 22 years of success with teens at risk they supervise eleven projects in Ashdod and one in Ashkelon (a mishpachton- family unit for 12 kids ages 6-14)-a total of 350 troubled youth ages 13-18.

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

Plan a creative bat mitzvah for your daughter while contributing to help at-risk girls in Israel We will help you plan a creative tzedakah activity for your daughter's Bat Mitzvah that will relate to giving needs at Ulpanat Dolev, a school for at risk teen girls in Dolev Israel where every girl is befriended by a family in the town. We will recommend appropriate experts to work with your daughter and their guests. Twin with a Bat Mitzva girl at the Ulpana- If you are planning a trip to Israel to celebrate your Bat Mitzvah, we can arrange for you to celebrate together. You could write to the Bat Mitzva girl of your choice from the beginning of the year to get acquainted. Every Fall, after Sukkot, the families of that year's Bat Mitzva girls- usually 2-3, meet together at the Kotel in Jerusalem and tour the Old City and have lunch at a restaurant there with a family activity on site. You can join them personally in their simcha!

Activities of Chessed you can do for the girls:

* Ride a horse/donate to equestrian therapy

* Create music/raise dollars for musical instruments

* Create a bulletin board or mirror/help furnish a dorm room

* Make jewelry/help raise young ladies self esteem

* Prepare a meal, food demonstration/help supply equipment for student's bakery store

* Hold a fashion show/provide students with money for new clothes and shoes

* Learn simcha or other dancing/equip the dance studio

* Have fancy hair styling/equip the cosmetology program

* Learn to knit and crochet/create warm scarfs for the girls at Ulpanat Dolev

* Learn to sew, decorate aprons/equip kitchen, student bakery store

* Organize sport activities/provide sport supplies for the girls' athletic program

* Bake Sale- learn about the mitzvah of baking challa- or cakes- with the Bat Mitzva girls in your class and make and sell your challas at a bake sale on Friday, and raise money for furnishings for the mishpachtonim rooms. (A mishpachton is a family unit of a nuclear foster family with 12 girls (10-18) living together in one house and sharing chores, preparing meals and experiencing healthy family relationships.)

* Organize a carnival to raise money for the ulpana students Organize a sports' day with girls' sports

* Wash cars before Pesach to raise money for a new computer

Organization
DOROT 
Address
171 W. 85th Street 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10024 
Website
www.dorotusa.org 
Contact Person
Judith Turner 
Title
Director of Volunteer Services 
Phone
(212) 769-2850 
Email
jturner@dorotusa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Founded in 1976 by a group of young adults, DOROT is a dynamic partnership of volunteers, professionals, and seniors dedicated to enhancing the lives of the elderly. With the help of the largest volunteer corps serving the elderly in the United States, DOROT enables older people to maintain their independence and live with dignity in their own homes for as long as possible. DOROT's programs provide companionship, food, housing, education, and information to more than 10,000 seniors and their caregivers each year.

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

DOROT staff will work with the Bar or Bat Mitzvah student to design a personal mitzvah project for this important milestone.
 
Suggested activities:
 
* Visit an elder in person or on the phone
 
* Study a Jewish text or discuss the significance of being a Bar or Bat Mitzvah
 
* Help record an elder's life story through an oral history project
 
* Participate in a Holiday Package Delivery
 
* Make gifts for homebound elders
 
* Become a pen pal or e-pal to a homebound elder
 
* Collect household items for a formerly homeless elder
 
* With friends or classmates, conduct Shabbat Conference Calls for a month
 
* Donate a portion of your gift money to a DOROT program
 
* Create an entirely new project based on your interests

Organization
Dream Doctors 
Address
Henrieta Szold 8b 
City
Beer Sheva 
Zip
84894 
Website
www.dreamdoctors.org.il 
Contact Person
Dovi Paritsky 
Title
Director of Business Development 
Phone
972-8-6209956 
Fax
972-3-5422723 
Email
doviparitsky@yahoo.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The nonprofit organization called Dream Doctors brings the concept of "clowning around" and the expression that "laughter is the best medicine" to new heights! Based on sound evidence-based scientific conclusions, dream doctors are in fact trained and degreed members of clinical teams already in 25 hospitals in Israel. Their role is to be an integral part of the medical team, along with doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers and the like and to be involved in the care of children undergoing medical procedures, before, during and after care. They interact with the children in such a way that the children require less pain medication, they tolerate procedures with greater ease, and with quicker response time, and end up with shorter hospital stays! Then everyone is happy, the children, the parents, and the medical team. Laughter and alleviation of fear truly is a wonderful adjunct to traditional medical approach. These wonderful clinicians have also been sent to third world countries in times of crises as emissaries for Israel, to work their magic bringing tikkun olam.

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

Considering that Dream Doctors is essentially currently based in Israel, it is obvious that actual hands on involvement would be best suited to those that intend to celebrate their bar/bat mitzvah in Israel. Then any number of arrangements can be made to involve the children by meeting the clowns, getting a quick training session by the clowns, learn to act and dress as clowns, and maybe, with permission, even visit hospitals with the clowns. There could be an Adopt a Clown concept, or Adopt a Patient/ Pen Pal concept. A clown could be sponsored to be brought to the States as well. Suggestions from the children themselves would be more than welcome!!

Organization
Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music 
Address
12 Bezalel Street 
City
Haifa 
Zip
335708 
Website
www.musicschoolhaifa.org 
Contact Person
Jane Gutman 
Title
Director 
Phone
+9724 (0)48626014 
Fax
+9724 (0)48640411 
Email
dunie@netvision.net.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Dunie Weizman Conservatory is the oldest music school in Israel, established in 1924 by Gita Dunie Weizman, the sister of Chaim Weizman, Israel's first president. Maestro Zubin Mehta serves as its honorary president. The Conservatory's mission is to make music accessible to as wide a community as possible. We believe that music knows no boundaries and as such, use it as a tool to connect between Arab and Jew, Ethiopian, Russian and Druze. Outreach programs ensure that children and youth who express an interest in learning a musical instrument or experiencing a live concert can do so for a token cost. 300 pupils - new immigrants, children from outreach programs in deprived neighborhoods, children at risk and children from the surrounding community receive a comprehensive musical education which includes individual instrumental lessons, theoretical studies, chamber music, orchestral and choral work. Other activities at the Conservatory include concerts, master classes, lectures and performance festivals.

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

By donating $1,000 from your Bnai Mitzvah fund you can have a profound impact on the Bar/Bat Mitzvah experience of an underprivileged child in Israel.

To mark this important coming of age event, the Dunie Weizman Conservatory of Music in Haifa offers a drumming and body friction program for children from underprivileged families. 

At the end of the school year the children in our program have a joint Bnai Mitzvah party.  In addition to their "aliyah le torah" the children rehearse, with an amazing drummer, towards a drumming performance in front of their family and friends.

Your $1,000 gift will cover the cost of rehearsals.  The performance will provide the disadvantaged children with an amazing sense of achievement and a Bnai Mitzvah party worth remembering!

By donating $1,500 from your Bnai Mitzvah fund, you can bring a live classical music concert to many disadvantaged children.

This Petite Suite Concert Series introduces classical music to children.  The purpose of the concerts is to ensure that the beauty, values and sense of balance found in music will live on through future generations in Israel.

Our small country is surrounded by enemies, our youth join the army, they learn how to hold a rifle - without educational music programs like ours, they will forget how to listen to a violin, not to mention how to hold a violin to make it sing!

Organization
Efrat-C.R.I.B. 
Address
333 West 86th Street # 1003 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10024 
Website
www.friendsofefrat.org 
Contact Person
Tzvi Binn 
Title
Program Director 
Phone
(800) 273-4314 
Email
efrat@friendsofefrat.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Efrat provides social and financial support for pregnant women in distress in Israel. Many women who decide to terminate their pregnancies in Israel do so only because of economic concerns.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Bnai Mitzvah children and/or parents can pick the Efrat organization for their chesed project. Efrat has a matching program where for every $1,200 contributed Efrat matches up the contributor with an expecting mother who needs support.

Organization
ELI, The Israel Association for Child Protection 
Address
307 West George Street 
City
Philadelphia 
State/Country
PA 
Zip
19123 
Website
www.eli-usa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
In recent years, Israel has experienced an increase of more than 400% in the number of reported incidents of child abuse. ELI’s mission is to address this growing concern, and protect Israel’s children from all kinds of abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, and severe neglect) through a comprehensive continuum of services available at a single point-of-entry, including crisis intervention, emergency hot line and shelter services, therapy, prevention programming, professional education, and community awareness. No other agency in Israel focuses solely and specifically on the unique issues and methodologies for preventing and treating child abuse.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
ELI is a wonderful custodian of charitable dollars. What ELI needs most are financial contributions. You could also help ELI by introducing us to others who may consider supporting ELI financially. You could do this through a letter writing campaign or in person. One other way to stay involved with ELI is to become pen pals with one of the children who lives in ELI's emergency shelter.

Organization
Emek Medical Center 
Address
Afula 18101 
City
Afula 
Zip
18101 
Website
www.clalit.org.il/haemek/defaulteng.asp 
Contact Person
Larry Rich 
Title
Director of Development International Public Relations 
Phone
(646) 546-5970 
Fax
(972) 04-652-2642 
Email
rich_l@clalit.org.il 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Primary medical center for Northeastern Israel serving 500,000 men, women and children. Established in 1924 and today affiliated with the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine of the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa. The 1st hospital in Israel to receive the JCI accreditation for the highest standards in patient safety and healthcare.

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

We invite young people of the Jewish communities throughout the United States to celebrate their milestones (Bar / Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, graduations, birth of a sibling, holidays, etc) by donating $18 (or increments thereof) to Kids 4 Kids.
 
These modest donations will:
 
* Expose Jewish youth to the age-old principal of Tzedakah, or giving
 
* Bond American youth to their Israeli counterparts through an act of empathy, kindness and generosity
 
* Set American young people on a path of connecting with their brothers and sisters in Israel
 
* Allow EMC to acquire school supplies, DVD children's movies, games, puzzles, books, computer games, music CD's, televisions, portable DVD players (for bed-ridden kids), portable bedside tables and arts and crafts materials for the renowned Emek School for Hospitalized Children.
 
* Become our partners in saving lives and allow EMC to purchase medical equipment for caring of sick children
 
* Help children forget their illness through our special Medical Clown Therapy program known also as the Dream Doctors

Organization
EMUNAH of America 
Address
7 Penn Plaza 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10001 
Website
www.emunah.org 
Contact Person
Carol Sufian 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
212-564-9045 x315 
Fax
212-643-9731 
Email
carolsufian@emunah.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

EMUNAH is building a strong Jewish future in Israel, one child, one family at a time through its network of 250 social welfare and educational programs throughout Israel. EMUNAH maintains 5 children's residential homes for abused and abandoned children, 135 day care and after-school centers, 5 high schools, the RESCUE Program for disadvantaged young women, the EMUNAH College of Art and Technology, 13 crisis counseling centers, immigrant enrichment programs, senior citizen centers, and ongoing services to evacuees from Gush Katif and to the residents of Sderot. EMUNAH is the winner of the prestigious 2008 Israel Prize in recognition of its lifetime achievement of excellent humanitarian, social, cultural and educational services to the people of Israel.

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

Mazel Tov! You are planning a simcha. What an exciting time for your whole family! Unfortunately, this kind of celebration is not a reality for so many needy children in Israel. They were born into horrific circumstances and have suffered more than most of us can even imagine. Their lives have been scared by abuse, neglect and poverty, until they were rescued and brought to an EMUNAH children's residential home. You can choose to share your simcha with the children in EMUNAH's homes through the EMUNAH Bar/Bat Mitzvah program. By doing so, you can make a huge difference in the life of a child in Israela child who does not have the benefit of a "functioning" parent. These children will thrive on your generosity and flourish from your kindness.
 
Ideas:
 
* Celebrate in Israel with the kids from our homes
 
* Donate a portion of your gifts to needy children
 
* Organize a group bake sale Form a challah-baking class
 
* Create and sell gift baskets
 
* Plan a Car Wash Day
 
* Put on a talent show and sell tickets
 
* Organize a benefit basketball game
 
* Donate funds for books for Israeli children
 
* Or call us for more ideas.

Organization
Etgarim 
Address
18 Beit Hill 
City
Tel Aviv 
Zip
57220 
Website
www.etgarim.org 
Contact Person
Guy Salomon 
Title
Vice President 
Phone
972-54-4599798 
Fax
972-3-5613586 
Email
guyetgarim@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
For 13 years through a program built on outdoor sports, the people of Etgarim have been providing victims of terror, and people with special needs, the opportunity to live their lives just like everyone else - with the hopes and dreams promised by an active and challenging life. At Etgarim people break the bondage of disability and reclaim their dignity and self confidence by focusing once again on their abilities.

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

Terror Victim Buddy Program In Your Community Now that spring is here, I am sure you are busy with things like little league tournament, plans for summer vacation - maybe even a sports camp or something fun like that-maybe you are even studying for finals. In any case, make sure you and your friends have a fun and enjoyable summer. I am sure that every time there is a terror attack in Israel, you hear about it in the news and pray for the recovery of the victims. After the attack, however, we don't usually hear about the victims. Many of these victims are kids your age. They too would like to be planning their summer vacation and taking their finals (ok maybe not taking finals but)
 
Unfortunately the terror attack has gotten in the way of their fun - and in fact of their life in general. These kids are hurting- physically and emotionally, many are scared and depressed, other are severely limited physically. There are places in Israel that are aimed at helping these kids get their lives back together, but the thing is, that these places are very expensive and therefore the kids are not making the most of these places.
 
YOU CAN HELP!! It's really quite easy too ! You can help a terror victim and do a mitzvah at the same time.
 
At home:
 
* Run a sports competition for charity
 
* Organize a sale day at your school- bake sale, book sale etc
 
* Car wash for Israel
 
* Share part of your Bar Mitzvah gifts with these terror victims
 
* Set out a special tzedakah box for terror victims
 
When you come to Israel:
 
* Spend a day with your "buddy" doing fun stuff like sailing and horseback riding
 
* Get to know your buddy I bet you will find a lot more in common than you think!
 
* Organize a group activity GET STARTED NOW !!!!
 
* Talk to your parents , I'm sure they will want to be involved too
 
* Get you friends in on the game
 
* Bring your ideas to the shul youth leader and run something together with the shul or school
 
* Send us an email, guyetgarim@gmail.com with your details, we will help you get started and organized By helping your "buddy" get the rehab he or she needs you will be putting the smiles back on their faces.
 
Thanks for your help, good luck and remember this can be a fun project - for you and your buddy.