The World Needs More Kindness

Posted on July 24, 2009

These are challenging times and the world can certainly use more kindness, positive examples and role models. Here are a few recent examples from teens throughout the country as well as a new initiative by the NFL highlighting service:

For his Mitzvah Project, Will Rosenfeld, 13 of Portland, OR raised $24,000 for cancer research.
Eli Wirtshafter, an in-coming seventh grader in NJ raised over $5,000 for the Special Olympics through a charity pizza race as part of his Mitzvah Project.
Jackie Rotman, of Santa Barbara, CA who started Everybody Dance Now! (EDN!), an organization dedicated to keeping kids out of gangs and off the streets at age 14 will be receiving the Hellen Diller Family Foundation Teen Tikkun Olam Award, which has been created to bring attention to exceptional Jewish teens who have started social action projects throughout California.
The NFL Players Association have joined President Obama in his mission to build a stronger nation through the “United We Serve” initiative, a national effort designed to encourage more Americans to serve their communities.

At Areyvut we are committed to helping Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social justice). The world needs more kindness. The more stories, people and students like this the better. That is why we work with students while they are young to teach them about communal involvement and to facilitate their making the world a better place. Please join us in our work and let us know who inspires you.

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