February 2008



Bringing Kindness to Communities One Kid at a Time Feb. 2008


Areyvut’s “A Kindness a Day” for Jan. 31, 2008

Get together a group of friends to brainstorm ways that you can actively make a difference in your community.

“All the charity and deeds of kindness that the children of Israel perform in this world promote peace and good understanding between them and G-d.” (Talmud Bava Batra 10a)



Teen Philanthropy Institute


The first meeting for the Teen Philanthropy Institute (TPI) took place on January 13th at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades in Tenafly, NJ.  This program aims to teach Jewish youth about the importance of giving, as well as providing them with leadership skills and ideas on how to make a difference in the world on a greater level.  There are 24 participants in this inaugural program, all of whom are interested in positively impacting the world around them.  Students were given a chance to meet one another through a series of icebreaker games.  The day culminated with the group creating tzedakah boxes and writing thank you notes to the donors who are graciously sponsoring this program.  All participants received a resource packet as well as a copy of Areyvut’s “A Kindness a Day” calendar that will help guide them through the year.  This year TPI will focus on three aspects of service: Children, Healthcare, and Hunger/Poverty.  Throughout the year the students will learn more about each facet of community service and how they can be facilitators of change.  At the next meeting, which will take place on February 3rd, the students will learn about unique chesed projects other teenagers in their community are involved in. 

TPI is sponsored by The Jewish Teen Funders Network, The Leonard Rubin Memorial Fund, UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey, and individual contributors.

To find out how you can get involved with TPI, or to learn how to bring a similar program to your community, please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or daniel@areyvut.org.



Areyvut in the Community 

young teens

Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, NY will be hosting a Bnai Mitzvah Fair on Sunday, February 10th from 11am-1pm.  Representatives from various community service organizations will be attending this event to speak with students and their parents about incorporating chesed projects into their Bnai Mitzvah. 

If you would like to have a representative from your organization attend this event, or if you have any questions, please contact Michal Greenbaum at (201) 244-6702 or michal@areyvut.org.



Areyvut Goes International!

Daniel Rothner, Founder of Areyvut, will be speaking at the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver on February 11th on “Transforming Your School Community through Words”.  He will focus on how to incorporate Service Learning into academics and how to modify your school community by using the power of words.




Areyvut Proudly Introduces…


Areyvut extends a warm welcome to our new Programming Coordinator, Michal Greenbaum.  Michal received her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Rutgers University.  She brings much enthusiasm and creativity to this position and is eager to put her ideas into motion.
To schedule an Areyvut Bnai Mitzvah Fair or program in your community, please contact Michal Greenbaum at (201) 244 – 6702 or michal@areyvut.org.



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Upcoming Events!


Teen Philanthropy Institute
JCC on the Palisades
Tenafly, NJ
Feb. 3
Feb. 24
Mar. 9
Mar. 30

Bnai Mitzvah Fair

Temple Beth Abraham
Tarrytown, NY
Feb. 10

Transforming Your School Community Through Words

Vancouver, Canada
Feb. 11

Career Fair @ Yeshiva University

New York, NY
Feb. 20

The Meaning Behind Bnai Mitzvah Session I @ Yeshivat Noam

Paramus, NJ
Feb. 25

Fourth Annual Make a Difference Day

Go Neutral Shabbat

Apr. 4-6

PEJE Conference

Boston, MA
Apr. 6-8






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