Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Eva's Village 
Address
393 Main Street 
City
Paterson 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07501 
Website
www.evasvillage.org 
Contact Person
Jennifer Doherty 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(973) 523-6220 x248 
Fax
(973) 825-7297 
Email
jennifer.doherty@evasvillage.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Founded by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in 1982 as a response to the poor and homeless in Paterson, NJ, Eva's Village is a non-profit comprehensive social service organization.  Our mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.  Through three decades of service, Eva's Village has established a unique record in facing community challenges and changing the lives of the hungry, homeless and addicted.  Our organization has grown from a simple soup kitchen to become the more respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey.  It now includes fourteen integrated programs housed in numerous buildings spanning several city blocks in downtown Paterson.

 

Our services include:

* Hot lunch in soup kitchen 365 days of the year

* Medical - full basic healthcare intervention and dental care

* Shelters for men, women, and mothers with children

* Residential treatment for substance abuse for men and women

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

Eva's Kitchen provides volunteer opportunities Monday through Friday from 10:30am until 1pm for children ages 15 and above.  Other opportunities for the youth to get involved include sharing art work in our Youth Art Gallery and coordinating donation drives to raise awareness and collect needed items.  Any additional information can be requested by calling Jennifer Doherty at (973) 523-6220 or email at jennifer.doherty@evasvillage.org.

Organization
Ezer Mizion 
Address
1281 49 Street 
City
Brooklyn 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
11219 
Website
www.ezermizion.org 
Contact Person
Hannah Miller 
Title
Director of Public Relations 
Phone
(718) 853-8400 
Fax
(718) 437-4683 
Email
cmiller@ezermizionusa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Ezer Mizion's Bone Marrow Registry serves worldwide Jewry in saving the lives of cancer patients whose only chance of survival is a bone marrow transplant. Ezer Mizion has many social service divisions in Israel which alleviate the plight of terror victims, speech impaired, families of cancer patients and many other vulnerable segments of Israeli populations in need.

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

Fundraise for:
 
* A trip for terror orphans
 
* Summer camp for special children
 
* Summer camp for cancer patients and their families.
 
* Genetic testing for bone marrow transplant to save lives of children
 
* When visiting Israel, volunteer at Lottie's Kitchen, help to prepare and pack food for individuals who have ill or disabled family members
 

Organization
Ezrat Avot 
Address
2 Habshush, P.O. Box 5603 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91056 
Website
www.ezratavot.org 
Contact Person
Cassie Horwich 
Title
Director of Communications and Public Relations 
Phone
(02) 582-9984 
Fax
(02) 582-2226 
Email
info@ezratavot.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Ezrat Avot has been caring for Jerusalem's needy elderly for nearly thirty years, since Yemenite Rabbi Shlomo Gamliel founded a soup-kitchen in his home when he was 106 years old. With poverty increasing, the aged are among the hardest hit. But just as important as the life-sustaining value of a hot meal is the emotional nourishment that comes from eating it in pleasant company, from being part of a family. Ezrat Avot offers daily classes, trips, meals to the homebound and other social, cultural and nutritional services. Ezrat Avot's uniqueness is our sense of family. We have always respected and encouraged the cultural heritage of those whom we care for, many of whom fled from Arab countries at the founding of The State of Israel. Contemporary society has lost touch with the incomparable value of the extended, intergenerational family group. Five years ago, Ezrat Avot launched "A Living Connection", Israel's only comprehensive, intergenerational school program and national resource center. "A Living Connection" is designed to challenge stereotypes surrounding aging and the elderly and lay the foundation for long-term mutual and meaningful intergenerational relations within the school, family, and community. Classes are run for 4th-6th grade in Jerusalem and Ashkelon.

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

Those planning a B'nai Mitzvah trip to Israel are invited to visit Ezrat Avot for a tour of the Senior Citizen Center and to help cut vegetables and prepare hot food meals for the needy elderly homebound which are then delivered to their homes.  Ezrat Avot prepares over 800 hot meals a week as well as distributes over 200 dry food parcels to poor needy families.  We are always looking for volunteers and would love to have you come and volunteer at Ezrat Avot for your B'nai Mitzvah.

Organization
Family-to-Family 
Address
6 Circle Drive 
City
Hastings on Hudson 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10706 
Website
www.family-to-family.org 
Contact Person
Pam Koner 
Title
Founder 
Phone
(914) 478-0756 
Email
pkoner@family-to-family.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Family-to-Family is a non-profit hunger relief organization dedicated to providing food and other basic life necessities to profoundly poor, rural American families. We link families with "more" to families with much less. Each donating family is linked to a specific family in need, and each month either sends "their" family a box of food, or donates money for food to Family-to-Family, which then purchases the food for that particular family.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Through our Birthday Buddies program, kids can create shoebox sized boxes filled with birthday goodies (small gifts, goody bag, a gently used book, cake mix and a card) to be given to families in our receiving communities who cannot afford to celebrate their children's birthdays. We also have a Books for Life program that involves collecting gently used books and shipping them to outreach workers in our receiving communities to distribute to families that cannot afford the luxury of buying books.

Organization
Food Bank for New York City 
Address
39 Broadway, 10th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10006 
Website
volunteer.foodbanknyc.org/ 
Phone
212-566-7855 Dial 5 
Email
volunteer@foodbanknyc.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 63 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $100 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 275,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Are you looking to be on the front lines in the fight against hunger? Operating out of the Community Kitchen & Food Pantry, our food pantry provides more than 40,000 free meals every month. Low-income New Yorkers are able to come and select fresh produce and packaged food items themselves in a supermarket-style setting free of charge. Our pantry combines this choice-style model with a specially designed selection of food in order to provide for the dietary needs of diverse community. Volunteers assist our clients as they shop for food and re-stock the pantry throughout the day. Shifts are available Tuesday - Friday from 9:00 am - 6:00pm, at various times.

Another way to get involved is by hosting a  food/fund drive or by participating in our annual Students Against Hunger  campaign . Every year, Food Bank For New York City hosts a citywide food drive campaign called Students Against Hunger. Students throughout the five boroughs learn about food insecurity issues in our city and host a food drive at the beginning of the school year, between October and December. Last year over 80 schools participated, collecting over 18,000 pounds of food!

 

 

 

 

 

Organization
Food Bank for Westchester 
Address
200 Clearbrook Road 
City
Elmsford 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10523 
Website
www.foodbankforwestchester.org 
Contact Person
Nancy Lyons 
Title
Resource/Volunteer Coordinator 
Phone
(914) 923-1100 
Fax
(914) 923-1198 
Email
nancy.lyons@foodbankforwestchester.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Food Bank for Westchester, Inc.'s mission is to alleviate hunger and minimize food waste in Westchester by soliciting, sorting, and distributing a steady supply of quality surplus food to Westchester's emergency food programs--and to fight hunger by engaging, educating, and empowering the community.

The Food Bank distributes more than 4 million pounds of food annually through a member network of 187 emergency food programs such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, low-income daycare centers, adult day programs, and residential programs.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Volunteer opportunities include working at The Food Bank warehouse in Millwood, NY sorting and packing mixed goods from food drives and helping re-pack large, bulk quantities of products like pasta into smaller family-size packages.

Organization
Foundation Stone 
Address
Bonei Hachoma Street 1, Apt. 4 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
97500 
Website
www.foundationstone.org 
Contact Person
Barnea Levi Selavan & David Willner 
Title
Co-Directors 
Phone
(404) 419-7164 
Email
info@foundationstone.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Israel is the prime resource for Jewish education, identity, and continuity.  The land is connected to the text and archaeological artifacts, and historical sites are connected to the classroom.  Ancient Yavneh is being developed as a participatory educational excavation.  Media and aids for the classroom use hi-tech methods.

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

The opportunity to excavate in Ancient Yavneh or arrange for other sites during the season.

Organization
Friends of Cambodian Child's Dream Org (CCDO) Inc 
Address
240 East 85th St #2A 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10028 
Website
cambodianchildsdream.org 
Contact Person
Jenni Lipa 
Title
President 
Phone
(917) 721-8558 
Email
jenny@theccdo.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Friends of CCDO is a grassroots fundraising organization in the USA, building Water Wells, Sponsoring Education and Supporting Orphanages in Cambodia. There are no overheads in the USA and 100% of funds raised are sent to Cambodia. Build a water well for $220 and change 40 peoples lives instantly. $25 is a starter kit of school uniform, shoes and bag to send a child to school. $135 per year supplies the school starter kit plus fees and lunch money. A mere $50 will feed 80 children in the orphanage for a day. Cambodia suffered a Genocide in the Pol Pot Khmer Rouge era of 1974-1979 where 25% of the population was killed. The elite and educated were eliminted. Today, 65% of the population is under the age of 25 years. The education is very basic and prized. Most families exist on less than $2 per day. It takes so little to help so many people.

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

Raising funds by having bake sales or doing simple chores around the house like raking leaves, babysitting. One 9 year old raised $280 as he collected money in lieu of birthday gifts. The Little Angel Orphanage makes skin carving pieces which look great framed. These cost $10 to $50 depending upon the size. Have people Build a water well in your honor as a Barmitzvah Gift.

Organization
Friends of Eliya - USA 
Address
22647 Ventura Blvd., #188 
City
Woodland Hills 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
91364 
Website
www.eliyausa.org 
Contact Person
Nora Tahvili 
Title
Director of Advancement 
Phone
(818) 865-8722 
Fax
(818) 924-0101 
Email
info@eliyausa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Friends of Eliya-USA supports Eliya-Israel; Association for the Advancement of the blind or visually impaired children in Israel. Eliya Israel, founded in 1982, is the principal organization in Israel providing full-week specialized programs to meet the needs of preschool blind and visually impaired children, and is now considered a leading center of its kind in the world. Eliya's programs, help enable visually impaired children to assimilate into the general educational system at an early age and become contributing members of society. Eliya has developed a uniquely successful methodology that nurtures and trains newly born children with visual handicaps, utilizing a one-on-one therapy with educators, and specially trained teaching staff. Eliya is a recognized leader in the innovation of new systems and technologies that are being utilized worldwide.

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

By choosing Eliya as your mitzvah project, you will gain knowledge of children with disabilities and be part of the solution to helping them live more fulfilling lives. You will become an advocate and fundraiser for the organization and more importantly we promise that you will be immersed in important Jewish values of:
 
ĽThe Importance of Charity (Tzedakah)
ĽA Love of Israel (Ahavat Israel)
ĽThe Need to Help Other Less Fortunate (Gimilut Chasidim)
ĽA Respect those with challenges (Bĺtzelem Elohim)
ĽOrganizational Skills (Tachlis)
 
Additionally, you will become an official Friends of Eliya-USA Junior League Leader for one year and you will have an open invitation to annual parlor meetings. As a Junior League Leader, you will also have the opportunity to volunteer at all of our events and gain community service hours. You will be given detailed instructions on how to create a webpage with information about your mitzvah project goals and objectives, including how much funds you expect to raise for Eliya. Once your page is active, you will be able to invite your friends and family to donate to your campaign. The webpage will keep track of your financial progress. Finally, at the conclusion of your campaign, Eliya will be notified of your campaign completion and the funds will be transferred to us. At the conclusion of your mitzvah project, you will be an official graduate of our mitzvah program and receive a certificate of completion and letter of appreciation for your hard work and dedication. Additionally, a plaque will be given to those raising atleast $2000.000, so you can exhibit your accomplishment. You will also have a lifetime membership with our organization and will be kept informed of our progress. For more information visit www.eliyausa.org/mitzvahprogram or email info@eliyausa.org for an informational packet.

Organization
Friends of Eliya USA 
Address
22647 Ventura Blvd. #188 
City
Woodland Hills 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
91364 
Website
www.eliyausa.org 
Phone
(310) 659-8316 
Fax
(310) 388-5206 
Email
info@eliyausa.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Supporting ELIYA, the Israel Association for the Advancement of Blind and Visually Impaired Children ELIYA is the principal organization in Israel providing full-week specialist programs to meet the needs of preschool blind and visually impaired children, and is now considered a leading center of its kind in the world. Eliya prepares blind and/or visually impaired children for integration into mainstream education and the community at large. Eliya provides early intervention programs for blind and/or visually impaired multi-challenged children, adapted to their individual needs and abilities. Eliya strengthens and supports the family unit through individual and group counseling. Friends of Eliya USA is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, CA.

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

Youth volunteers are especially important to our organization because we are focused on building a strong community by helping children and families.
-Raising funds to help underwrite specific programs.

-Asking for guests to donate to Friends of Eliya Usa in honor of this event.

-Donating a percentage of financial gifts to Friends of Eliya USA.

-Giving a speech, showing a video, making literature about Friends of Eliya USA available and placing a donation envelope at the place setting of each guest.

So the next time you're in Israel, stop by Eliya and visit the children! You'll be able to see what we do and how much you helped the children of Eliya.

Organization
Friends of INTRA (The Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association) 
Address
159 Edgemont Place 
City
Teaneck 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07666 
Website
www.intra.org.il 
Contact Person
Minna H. Heilpern 
Title
President 
Phone
201-207-3603 
Email
minnaheilperin1@gmail.com 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The mission of Friends of INTRA Inc. is to help support the many wonderful therapeutic programs that INTRA provides. 

 
The Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association (INTRA) is a non-profit organization committed to teaching equine skills and horseback riding to people with a wide variety of disabilities. The center is located in an idyllic setting on the Mediterranean coastline in the village of Neurim, North of Tel Aviv. INTRA welcomes anyone who can benefit from horseback riding including mentally and physically challenged adults, children, survivors of terror attacks, injured soldiers, their families and friends. Riders receive individualized, hands-on training from a team of dedicated and highly skilled staff. Within weeks of starting INTRAĺs sessions, most riders show dramatic improvement in their ability to face the challenges of their disability.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
B'nai Mitzvah Projects for INTRA can include raising money to purchase a therapy horse or pony, 'adopting' a horse to help support its care, sponsoring a rider for therapy sessions, purchasing equipment for the horses. INTRA welcomes visitors to its facility in Israel, with the possibility of volunteering around the farm. INTRA brochures are available. Contact Minna H. Heilpern at Kirah26@aol.com.  

Organization
Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. - Tzofim 
Address
575 8th Avenue 11th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.israelscouts.org 
Contact Person
Aliza Berlin 
Title
Office Manager 
Phone
212-390-8130 
Fax
212-390-8131 
Email
fois@israelscouts.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. was incorporated in 1995 encompassing programs that began in the early 1960's to develop and maintain the connection between the Tzofim (Israel Scouts) movement in Israel, the ONLY youth movement in Israel that is both non-political and non-sectarian, and the Jews of North America. Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc. recognizes that the youth of Israel are both her hope and future.
 
The objectives are to:
 
* Strengthen relationships between Israel and North American Jewry
 
* Project Israel in a positive light
 
* Promote brotherhood, tolerance and respect among people of all faiths
 
* Form strong bonds of friendship between the Israeli youth and their American counterparts
 
* Provide support for the Tzofim movement in Israel.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
At Friends of Israel Scouts, Inc., bnai mitzvah have made fundraising efforts in conjunction with their bar/bat mitzvah celebration, at times in lieu of gifts. This has been quite helpful in obtaining funds to ensure the perpetuation of their programming for American and Israeli youth.