You Know What They Say…

Posted on August 12, 2009

Everyone knows the old saying, “no good deed goes unpunished”, well throughout the summer Areyvut interns (and staff to some extent) embodied it. Over the course of the summer Areyvut was fortunate to have seven amazing interns: Dvorah, Emma, Elisheva, Florence, Kelly, Lara and Yehuda. In an effort to make the internship as fun and Continue Reading »

Spaced Out!

Posted on August 3, 2009

Today I arrived at work more spaced out than usual. I admit, I am tired, but I tried to shake it off in an effort to welcome Areyvut’s newest intern, Elisheva and to keep on top of things while the “Boss Man” aka Daniel is away. Though I tried my best, I simply could not Continue Reading »

Tzedakah as a Tikkun on Tisha B’Av

Posted on July 29, 2009

A child raises funds for impoverished families in Israel. A class decorates pillowcases for children in nearby hospitals. A community cleans up a local cemetery. Through each act of love, they help build a brighter tomorrow. You have the power to inspire them. Tomorrow we commemorate the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The Continue Reading »

Posted on July 29, 2009

As Tisha B’Av approaches, a day of fast and mourning for the destruction of the Bait HaMikdash, we try to focus on our devotion to G-d. Tomorrow, when you are hungry and tired, take a moment to think of those who are just as hungry every day… those that need help. Instead of spending your Continue Reading »

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, Continue Reading »

Posted on July 23, 2009

As the week progresses, we at Areyvut are working on compiling a Bnai Mitzvah guide to chesed projects. Today, it hit me: a twelve-year-old has so much potential! They have so much to offer! Think about it for a moment… let’s say the child is having fifty friends and fifty family members at their Bar/Bat Continue Reading »

Robert Lappin is a Mitzvah Hero!

Posted on July 17, 2009

Robert Lappin is a Mitzvah Hero! He reopened his charitable foundation, which had closed because of the Bernard Madoff scam and is also using his own money to restore the retirement savings of his employees lost in the fraud. Mr. Lappin is certainly a model of the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) Continue Reading »

Baseball, Apple Pie and Service

Posted on July 15, 2009

Anyone who watched, heard or read about last nights Major League Baseball All Star Game is well aware of the focus on service and honoring “All Stars Among Us,” outstanding volunteers who were recognized for their acts of service to others. It is wonderful that America’s pastime devoted time, money and energy to highlight communal Continue Reading »

Areyvut and Bright Side Manner

Posted on July 14, 2009

The interns along with Daniel had the privilege of attending Bright Side Manner, an assisted living facility, located in Teaneck, NJ. We had the unique opportunity to interact with the manner’s residents and took part in various recreational activities. We played word games, organized sporting events and socialized with the residents. The residents were extremely Continue Reading »

Summer Chesed Ideas

Posted on July 9, 2009

Areyvut is helping Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social justice). We are committed to developing programs and resources that help participants make these values relevant, organic and part of their everyday lives. We recently developed a list of 50 Summer Chesed Continue Reading »