April 2007

Areyvut Newsletter
Chesed. Tzedakah. Tikkun Olam April 2007
In This Issue
Making the Omer Count
People are Talking
Todays Kindness
Make a Difference Day
New Board Member
Thanks for Voting!

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  Making the Omer Count

As we count the omer, remember that the 49 days that connect Pesach to Shavuot correspond to the 49 drives and traits of the human heart.  We ask that you take a moment to look into your heart and find time to support Areyvut.  If everyone that receives this newsletter donates just $36, we can double the amount of students we reach and make a profound a difference.
Please Donate Now.

What People Are Saying about the
“A Kindness a Day” Calendar

“Thank you for creating such a powerful teaching tool.  I often begin a lesson or end one with one of your quotes.  They are easily understood by my pre-teenagers” – Julie Rockowitz, Religious School Teacher at Beth El Synagogue, New Rochelle, NY

“It is a constant reminder to us, irrespective of one’s faith, to do the right thing and behave the right way, especially in our interactions and behaviors toward others.” – Jeffrey Krum, Portland, OR

For more information on how to purchase the 2008 calendar, please call us at 201-244-6702



A Kindness a Day Banner

When you stop to buy a treat for yourself, buy a treat for someone else as well.

“Whatever I want for myself, I want the same for the other person.”

Maimonides, Sefer HaMitzvot, Positive Commandment #206




“Make a Difference” Day

Yeshivat Noam

On March 23-25th, communities around the globe came together for Areyvut’s annual “Make a Difference” Day, a united effort to highlight acts of kindness, charity and communal service.  The event consisted of almost 40 projects in 11 different states.

According to Daniel Rothner, Areyvut’s Director, the goal of the day is to enable students to understand the positive impact their actions can have on both a local and international scale.  “Being a part of a group dynamic that is involved in a charitable activity will allow every participant to appreciate the importance of their actions as part of a greater community.”  We are confident that this event will motivate children of all ages to dedicate themselves to charity in a way that will have a positive impact on a personal level and on the community at large.



New Board Member

We would like to welcome Ilana Kobrin Prager to the Areyvut board!

Ilana Kobrin Prager works as Director of Young Leadership at the Orthodox Union. She studied Music and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies as an undergraduate at Brandeis University, where she also received an MA in Near Eastern and Judaic studies. Ilana has worked at Hebrew College in Newton, MA, and most recently at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee where she worked in the department of Budget and Program Planning for six years. Ilana, a native of St. Paul, MN, lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband, David.

Welcome Ilana!  We’re so glad to have you aboard!




Thanks for Voting!


We would like to thank everyone who voted for Areyvut at Rezoom.com.  We are proud to announce that Areyvut is a regional finalist.  Rezoom will select the regional winners at the end of the month.  Stay tuned for more information.


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Areyvut empowers Jewish youth around the world, enabling them to infuse their lives with chesed, tzedakah and tikkun olam.  We work with schools, synagogues and individuals, involving them in community service projects, inspiring them with our “A Kindness a Day” Calendar, “Make a Difference Day” programming and our updated online resources.  Understanding that everyone is unique, Areyvut’s works with individuals to design and implement projects that cater to their interests and needs. Areyvut aims to ignite a lifelong commitment to social justice, charity and kindness.