Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
Halachic Organ Donor Society 
Address
321 West 44th Street, Suite 503 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10108 
Website
www.hods.org 
Contact Person
Robert Berman 
Title
Founder & Director 
Phone
(212) 213-5087 or (646) 645-4637 
Fax
(212) 213-9451 
Email
admin@hods.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

The HOD Society is a non-profit organization that saves lives by encouraging organ donation from Jews to the general population. It educates Jews about halachic and medical issues surrounding organ donation, it offers a unique organ donor card that allows people to choose options that are in accordance with their particular halachic belief and it offers a live kidney donor program.
 
Over the past 10 years, the HOD Society has:
 
* Helped facilitate over 200 hundred of transplant, including that of 10 year-old Moshe Sharon.
 
* Delivered more than 450 lectures educating more than 30,000 Jews about the issue.
 
* Recruited over 200 Rabbis to carry organ donor cards.
 
* Created over four dozen Rabbinic video testimonials in support of organ donation.
 
* Made available over 600 articles on organ donation and Jewish law on its website.
 
* Placed over 60 articles and editorials raising awareness about the issue.

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

* Study about organ donation and Jewish law. This would include researching issues of Pickuach Nefesh, time of death and Jewish medical ethics.
 
* Conduct a registration drive to sign up members of the community for organ donor cards.
 
* Raise money by selling raffle tickets.

Organization
Hazon 
Address
125 Maiden Lane, Suite 8B 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10038 
Website
www.hazon.org 
Phone
(212) 644-2332 
Fax
(212) 868-7933 
Email
david@hazon.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Hazon means vision.  We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond.  We effect change in the world in three ways.

Transformative Experiences: Our programs directly touch lives in powerful ways. 

Thought-Leadership: Writing, speaking, teaching, and advocacy.

Capacity-Building: Supporting great people and projects in North America and Israel.

Our programs are multi-generational and give entry points for Jews of all backgrounds who are concerned about the environment and the world.  Hazon serves a national and international population; members of every denomination and those who are unaffiliated; intergenerational from children to seniors - including families and singles, with a particular focus on young adults interested in developing the skills to take on leadership roles in their communities and make a difference in the world.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
NY Jewish Environmental Bike Ride: We are at the forefront of putting environmental sustainability on the agenda of the Jewish community – and the wider world. The NY Ride, our annual bike ride/Shabbaton that, in 2008, will take place in the scenic Hudson Valley, helps us promote this agenda; with the funds we raise from our riders -- in addition to paying a registration fee, student riders raise a minimum of $800 dollars to participate -- we support many of our own programs, and those of over 30 other organizations. Students aged 12 or older can participate in the ride, and students of any age may crew the event. Find out more information at: www.newyorkride.org The Israel Ride is an incredible opportunity for you to experience the beauty of Israel from the saddle of a bike. The Israel Ride will take you from Jerusalem to Eilat – with riding routes of 200 - 300 miles - over five days. Students aged 12 and over -- if the student is under 18 he/she must be accompanied by an adult -- may participate by paying a registration fee and raising a minimum of $3000. Students of any age may crew the event, but these students, if they are under 18, must also be accompanied by an adult. The funds raised from the event go to causes supported by Hazon and Arava, a non-profit organization that teaches coexistence through environmental cooperation in the Middle East. Find out more info at www.israelride.org

Organization
Hazon Yeshaya Soup Kitchens 
Address
P.O. Box 57270 
City
Jerusalem 
Zip
91571 
Website
www.hazonyeshaya.org 
Contact Person
Abraham Israel 
Title
Director 
Phone
972-2-538-1411 
Fax
972-2-538-7711 
Email
pr@hazonyeshaya.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Hazon Yeshaya Humanitarian Network is Israel's leading humanitarian organization helping the poor and needy. The flagship program is a network of central kitchens serving more than 400,000 hot meals to those who need it most every month at 60 locations. Other programs include Bar/Bat-Mitzvah celebrations for orphans and those from broken homes, after-school enrichment programs saving poor kids from the streets, free vocational training for the unemployed including single mothers, free dental clinics for people in pain who can't afford dental care, and more!

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

Whether you choose Soup Kitchens, Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations, free vocational training or Free Dental Clinics for poor children, you'll be making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
 
You can stick Hazon Yeshaya placecards in your thank-you notes, so your guests will know what good you've done with their gifts. And who knows, maybe others will learn from you and choose to join in and help feed those in need, all thanks to you.
 
You are invited to come and visit us for a few hours, and roll up your sleeves to help the poor yourself. We guarantee it will be an unforgettable experience for you and your family.

Organization
Hebrew Free Burial Association 
Address
224 West 35th Street, Room 300 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10001 
Website
hebrewfreeburial.org 
Contact Person
Amy Koplow and Andrew Parver 
Title
Director and Director of Education and Outreach 
Phone
(212) 239-1662 
Fax
(212) 239-1981 
Email
akoplow@hebrewfreeburial.org; aparver@hebrewfreeburial.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) devotes its resources to performing Chesed Shel Emet (the ultimate act of loving kindness). HFBA is dedicated to assuring that every Jew receives a dignified and traditional Jewish funeral and burial. Since 1888, HFBA has buried nearly 60,000 poor Jews, who otherwise would have been buried in a mass grave in a city cemetery. As a family and child prepare for one of the happiest milestones in their lives as Jews, they have the opportunity to enhance the meaningfulness of their celebration by participating in acts of tzedakah. One of the most important Jewish precepts is charity towards the Jewish poor, not only while they are alive, but also when they die. Our Sages tell us that Chesed Shel Emet, providing the indigent with a Jewish burial, is the ultimate act of charity, since our service is unknown to the recipient and we will never hear a "thank you" from those we help. For over 100 years, the Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) has taken on that responsibility for New York's Jewish community and has engaged in performing acts of kindness for Jewish men, women, and children at the end of their lives. HFBA have buried close to 60,000 poor Jews - babies who succumbed to childhood illnesses in the tenements of the Lower East Side, victims of horrible disasters and war, aged grandparents who outlived their children and savings. Each was given the same dignified and traditional burial we would want for our loved ones.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
The HFBA Bar/Bat Mitzvah Circle was established to encourage and acknowledge the participation of young adults in the mitzvah of burying the Jewish poor. Bnai Mitzvah can choose to make their own donations to further the work of burying the Jewish poor and /or can use their special day to encourage others to join the growing number of young people who have become supporters. In addition, they can choose to organize a group of family and friends to volunteer with clean-up projects at one of our cemeteries in Staten Island, New York. Whatever option is chosen helps the celebrant begin their "adult" years with a concrete, immediate commitment to "doing mitzvot" and their generosity reinforces the Jewish principle of responsibility for the less fortunate. In appreciation, HFBA sends them a framed certificate acknowledging their philanthropy and good deeds.

Organization
Heifer International 
Address
1 World Avenue 
City
Little Rock 
State/Country
AR 
Zip
72202 
Website
www.heifer.org 
Contact Person
Valerie Danzey 
Title
Community Engagement Coordinator 
Phone
501-907-8879 
Email
valerie.danzey@heifer.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
At the heart of Heifer’s work is a notion similar to tzedakah: that it is our duty to help those in genuine need.
Our founder, Dan West, felt the call to do what he could for others. As a farmer from Indiana, he spent time as a relief worker during the Spanish Civil War. He soon discovered that a meager cup of milk rationed once a day to weary refugees was not enough. AND THEN HE HAD A THOUGHT: What if they were given cows?
Heifer International grew from that thought, not a cup but a cow. For more than 70 years we have remained true to this idea – though we now give many different types of livestock. Our work, which also provides environmentally friendly agricultural training, is the spark families need to lift themselves out of poverty. Since 1944, we have helped more than 22.6 million families in 125 countries, including the United States.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Heifer International believes that young people like YOU have the power to change the world! At Heifer, we’ve learned that young people can be our most powerful spokespeople. We’re glad that you are helping to end hunger and poverty, because when we all work together, great things happen. Here are some ideas:
• Create your fundraising page at www.heifer.org/fundraise and add photos/videos.
• Speak to your class, congregation, family and friends about Heifer’s work.
• Take a bike ride or run and ask for sponsors to help you make a difference.
• Talk with teachers about doing a Heifer Read to Feed or Get It! program (free materials at www.heifer.org/schools).
• Chores for Change: Assist neighbors with yard work or walking pets. Donate your chore money to Heifer.
• Have a party with food from countries where Heifer works.
• Organize a Heifer display at a local farmer’s market.
• Check out www.heifer.org/faith for more exciting ideas and add your own! Click on Coming of Age programs for the Mitzvah Project brochure.

Organization
Help Darfur Now 
Address
P.O. Box 317 
City
Basking Ridge 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07920 
Website
www.helpdarfurnow.org 
Contact Person
Tanya Simon 
Email
tanya@helpdarfurnow.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
Help Darfur Now is a non-profit student based organization which was formed by 3 high school students. The purpose of the organization is to raise awareness about the genocide taking place in Darfur, Sudan and raise money to help the thousands of refugees. All proceeds raised go to aid organizations working on the ground in the region and are used to purchase food, medicine and shelter for the victims. We also raise awarenes by speaking at schools, youth groups, educational conferences, and at rallies. Our organization has earned endorsements from Gov. Jon Corzine, actor George Clooney, Congressman Donald Payne as well as others.

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

As your mitzvah project, you can help to raise awareness about the genocide.
 
* You can talk about it in your speech and write something about it in program
 
* You can make calls or write letters to your elected officials
 
* You can attend rallies
 
* We can provide you with a speaker/dvd and or powerpoint presentatin for your temple or school
 
* You can help raise funds for the refugees.
 
* We can supply you with our fundraising items
 
* You can start a chapter in your hebrew school or school

Organization
Heroes to Heroes Foundation 
Address
96 Linwood Plaza #305 
City
Fort Lee 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07024 
Website
www.heroestoheroes.org 
Contact Person
Judy I. Schaffer 
Title
Founder and President 
Phone
(201) 851-2409 
Email
judy@heroestoheroes.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Heroes to Heroes provides a Spiritual Healing/Peer Support program for American and Israeli veterans who suffer from Moral Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder due to their experience in war. Many of them are unable to work and almost all of them are having trouble being with their family and friends. Their children suffer as well.

Heroes to Heroes takes American veterans (mainly not Jewish) to Israel to visit holy sites, army bases, and veterans' programs and to spend time healing with Israelis who are also suffering. They become lifetime friends and help one another deal with the everyday challenges they face.

Many of our veterans speak with their Israeli 'brothers' every day and find that these friendships are lifesaving.

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

Bar/Bat Mitzvah volunteers are welcome to learn about our program and put a presentation together. We will put their presentation on our site during their Bar/Bat Mitzvah month. The goal is to understand the challenges our veterans face and how going to Israel helps them. 

Other opportunities for Bar/Bat Mitzvah volunteers who are local to the NY area, are to take part in our events such as our annual golf outing, fundraisers, parades (Veterans Day and Salute to Israel), and our send-off for the veterans at Newark Airport.

We are looking for five Bar/Bat Mitzvah age youths to be part of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah advisory committee, helping get our message out to other potential volunteers.

Our organization can be used in centerpieces, invitations, etc. We can be creative and tend to be used with a patriotic theme.

Organization
Hiddur Mitzvah Project 
Address
4218 Howard Avenue 
City
Kensington 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20895 
Website
www.hiddurmitzvah.org 
Contact Person
Gary Rosenthal 
Title
Director 
Phone
(301) 493-5577 
Fax
(301) 493-5578 
Email
info@hiddurmitzvah.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
The Hiddur Mitzvah Project gives you the opportunity to create your own Gary Rosenthal Collection Judaica. It can be an educational tool, a fundraiser, a community-wide event, or a personal family project. No matter whom you involve, the result is the same: an heirloom-quality piece of Judaica that will be a tangible reminder of the event and of your values and beliefs.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
As part of a mitzvah project, B'nai Mitzvot can work on their own Hiddur Mitzvah Project to either make pieces to be donated at home or abroad, or to help raise funds for a cause that is important to them.

Organization
Hollywood HEART 
Address
301 C. Colorado Blvd., Suite 430 
City
Pasadena 
State/Country
CA 
Zip
91101 
Website
www.hollywoodheart.org 
Contact Person
Joel Garcia 
Title
Program Director 
Email
joel@hollywoodheart.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Volunteers need to be at least 13 years old. Hollywood HEART is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for young adults affected with HIV/AIDS and other at-risk youth to build confidence as well as interpersonal and career skills through their innovate arts programs and annual summer camp.  The goal is to open the door to a successful future for a growing number of these young people in the Los Angeles area and around the United States.  Supported by committed volunteers, board and staff members, the organization is founded on the principles of Hope, Education, Arts, Recreation, and Teamwork for young people through its unique programs. Camp Hollywood HEART gives participants a unique opportunity to learn one of seven art skills taught by Hollywood professionals throughout a week in Malibu.  The organization also runs year-round In Focus workshops throughout the United States, which teach young people various performing and visual arts skills.

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

Organization
Hosts for Hospitals 
Address
300 North Highland Ave. 
City
Merion 
State/Country
PA 
Zip
19066 
Website
www.hostsforhospitals.org 
Contact Person
Mike Aichenbaum 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(215) 472-3801 
Fax
(215) 472-3803 
Email
info@hostforhospitals.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:
HOSTS for HOSPITALS (HfH) is a nonprofit agency providing free lodging and support at volunteer-host homes as a caring response to the housing needs of patients and their families who come to the Greater Philadelphia area for specialized medical care. For the first twelve years of operation through June 2011, 387 host-families have now been provided 1,772 patient-families a combined total of 59,121 nights of lodging, thus saving these guests an estimated $3.95 million in equivalent hotel expenses.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Our largest need is to recruit families living within the Greater Philadelphia area to become hosts. A Bnai Mitzvah student living within this area could easily help by using the synagogue directory to call synagogue families asking them to become hosts. The goal would be to recruit just one new host family; this would make an incredible difference in the lives of patient-families, for if a new host lodged just three patient-families a year and did so for five years, the Bnai Mitzvah student would be responsible for 15 patient-families receiving lodging! I am also a Jewish educator, and thus would be happy to discuss with the Bnai Mitzvah various mitzvot which underlie the HfH program. I would also offer guidance regarding the making of the phone calls.

Organization
IDF Widows & Orphans Organization 
Address
1 Oranim St. 
City
Givat Shmuel 
Zip
54052 
Website
www.idfwo.org/homePage.htm 
Contact Person
Daniel Tuksar 
Phone
972 3 691 8403 
Email
daniel@idfwo.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

IDF Widows & Orphans Organization has over twenty years been taking care of needs of women and children who lost their dearest ones for our Israel. Today we work with over 8,000 widows and orphans of the Israeli security forces (IDF, Police, Firefighters, Prison Service and Secret Service) and provide them with a protective, therapeutic network through social and voluntary activities, as well as on-going representation before relevant authorities in Israel. On top of university level English, Spanish and computer classes for our widows, trips around Israel, business classes for Druze widows and week of so much needed relaxation in the Red Sea city of Eilat, IDFWO is proud to run numerous dynamic projects for our little heroes as we purchase school supplies for our 1st graders, take the orphans abroad for a summer camp experience, celebrate Hanukkah, Passover and Sukkot by taking hundreds of our teens to retreats all over Israel, hold an unforgettable celebration for them on their Bar/Bat Mitzvah's at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, provide scholarships for university students and reach out to newlyweds with presents on their wedding days.

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

As you are approaching your special day, we would like to wish you a Mazel Tov from Israel, hoping you have an unforgettable celebration which will bring joy to you and your loved ones. We at IDFWO invite you to mark this important milestone in your life with a special and unique Mitzvah of your own. We would be proud and honored to connect you to one of our many projects, as by supporting them you will be able to make a huge difference in a life of a widow or an orphan whose father or mother lost their lives in defense of Israel and the Jewish people. You can sponsor a Bar or Bat Miztvah in Jerusalem with Mr. Shimon Peres of one of our orphans, or help take a young boy or girl to a summer camp in Norh America. You can help a teen orphan attend the OTZMA retreats over Hanukkah, Pesach and Sukkot and sponsor a sports activity there or help us get school supplies for a 1st grader who will be going to school without holding his fathers hand. We are very happy to work with you on your own, tailor-made program and can't wait to hear your ideas of how to help. Once again-MAZEL TOV and looking forward to hearing from you!

Organization
Innovation: Africa 
Address
520 8th Avenue 15th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
innoafrica.org/phone/get-involved.html 
Contact Person
Genna Brand 
Title
Director of Communications 
Phone
646-472-5389 
Email
genna@innoafrica.org 
 

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

 
 

Description of Organization:

Innovation: Africa (www.innoafrica.org) is a non-profit organization that brings Israeli solar, water and agricultural innovations to African villages.


Since our founding in 2008, we have completed over 135 solar, water and agricultural projects in Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Senegal. Using Israeli solar technology, we provide schools and medical clinics with solar power to offer evening study, adult education, well-lit nighttime medical care and refrigeration for lifesaving medicines and vaccines. Our solar powered water pumps provide over 20,000 liters of clean water a day, and our drip irrigation systems provide a source of food and income for farmers and their families -- allowing them to grow more using less water. Over 1,000,000 people have been impacted and empowered by our projects, and more than 350,000 children have received properly stored vaccinations for the first time stored in our solar powered refrigerators.


Our mission is to do all this while promoting a positive image of Israel abroad.
To learn more, visit our website, read our online brochure or watch a video from the field.

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

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Everyone wants to make the world a bit brighter. That's why Innovation: Africa created Mitzvah Campaigns -- to let everyone make a difference. Bar and Bat Mitzvah kids from across the globe have celebrated by raising funds and awareness for Innovation: Africa's projects on the ground. We set them up with a custom fundraising page, daily fundraising updates, educational resources, lesson plans and more. Our custom campaigns make it easy for you to fundraise, and 100% of the money donated will be spent on our direct project costs. To learn more about our custom campaigns, click below: http://innoafrica.org/phone/get-involved.html

We have even had Mitzvah campaigners travel to Africa to see the impact of their fundraising efforts in action.
We also have partnerships with schools such as Ramaz, Frisch and Westchester Hebrew High School, where students learn about Israeli technologies and how they are saving thousands of lives in Africa.
We also have student advocates on over 40 campuses nationwide who use our work to change the conversation about Israel by showcasing how Israeli technologies are making the world a better place. Make sure to follow us on social media as well and join our following of over 450,000 people worldwide!


054-592-8334 (Israel Office) / 646-472-5389 (NY Office)