January 2007

Areyvut News
Chesed. Tzedakah. Tikkun Olam
February 2007 – Vol 1, Issue 1

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Essay Contest Winners!


daniel and lauren

Areyvut is proud to announce the winners of our third annual Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest. While all of the entrants described creative and meaningful tzedakah projects that can serve as models for future Bnai Mitzvah celebrants, four winners were selected. Areyvut congratulates the following students on their winning essays.



  • First Place: Daniel and Lauren Deitch of Hidden Hills, CA, who wrote a book about their grandparents experiences in the Holocaust
  • Second Place: Cheli Arussy of Livingston, NJ, who volunteered and raised money for Yad Sarah in Israel
  • Third Place: Timor Balaish of Rye, NY, who sold bracelets to raise money for Yad Sarah in Israel



Operation Noah


dennis fries

Operation Noah is an organization headquartered in Arizona, dedicated to collecting stuffed animals and donating them to children in the hospital. Areyvut will be working with Operation Noah to launch local chapters throughout the east.


On February 8-12, Dennis Fries from Operation Noah came to New Jersey to launch local chapters. He spoke at the JCC on the Palisades, Temple Beth Sholom of Pascack Valley, Temple Emeth Religious School in Teaneck and Yeshivat Noam in Paramus. Dennis also donated new stuffed animals to Englewood , Valley Health and Holy Name Hospitals.


Meaning Behind Bnai Mitzvah


3 part series

Areyvut has created a new program that guides Bnai Mitzvah students through the process of incorporating chesed into their celebration. This program expands the concept of the Areyvut Bnai Mitzvah Fair by adding two interactive lessons to the experience.


First, Areyvut staff prepare the students for the Bnai Mitzvah Fair by engaging them in a lesson that emphasizes the connection between a Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration and active participation in a service project through creative thinking, reflection and small group work.


At the fair, students have an opportunity to choose a service project of his or her own by walking around with their parents while local volunteer organizations showcase their work as potential partners for the students’ projects. Students speak with representatives and read informative literature about the service-oriented organizations that are present. The Bnai Mitzvah Fair ends with a reflection piece for the students and their parents.


During a third encounter, Areyvut staff tie together what the students learned in the first two sessions, guide students through the initial stages of their projects and reflect upon the impact that the mitzvot they will perform can potentially have on both themselves and the broader Jewish community through discussion and reflection among students.


For more information on how you can bring Areyvut’s new bnai mitzvah program to your school, please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or at daniel@areyvut.org.


“A Kindness a Day” Calendar


Areyvut has worked with Judaica Press to develop a fresh look, new suggested activities and insightful corresponding quotes that promise to make this year’s calendar even better. Like the 2005 and 2006 calendars, this year’s “A Kindness a Day” Calendar contains 365 suggested activities that exemplify Jewish values. Activities are based on such ideals as chesed, tzedakah, tikkun olam, Torah learning, teaching and character improvement. The 2007 calendar is great for adults and children, for homes, schools and organizations, both as a guide to help inculcate Jewish values into one’s life and as a springboard for discussion and study.


“I cannot begin to describe how well these gifts have been received. My daughter in law said when she turned to day one, she got chills! I will be ordering again & wish you continued success. Shabbat Shalom!” – Jan Weber, Loan Officer, Stock Yards Bank & Trust
Uncle Moishy Concert


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On New Year’s Day, families from all over New York and New Jersey joined Areyvut and partner Yeshivat Noam Parents Association for two phenomenal Uncle Moishy concerts. Both concerts filled Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, NJ. Everyone had a great time singing and dancing with the famous Uncle Moishy and his Mitzvah Men. We would like to thank our corporate and family sponsors for all your support. We look forward to seeing you next year on January 1st 2008 at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck.

Save the Date

  • March 1: Vote today for Areyvut at Rezoom
  • March 11: Bnai Mitzvah Fair at Temple Beth Abraham (Tarrytown, NY)
  • March 23-25: “Make a Difference” Day

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