June 2008

Bringing Kindness to Communities One Teen at a Time June 2008

Areyvut’s “A Kindness a Day”

Erev Shabbat – June 6, 2008 

Greet everyone you see with a smile.


“Receive everyone with a cheerful face.” (Pirkei Avot 1:15)


Areyvut around Town
Yeshivat Noam - One Family FundAreyvut coordinated a Bnai Mitzvah Fair for 5th grade girls and 6th grade boys on May 14th at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, NJ.  With guidance from their teachers, the students were encouraged to learn about each organization and begin thinking about ways in which to incorporate chesed into their barBnai Mitzvah Fair - Yeshivat Noam or bat mitzvah celebration.  As a follow up to this program, Michal Greenbaum, Areyvut’s Programming Coordinator, will be having individual bnai mitzvah consultations with interested students and parents.
For more information about Bnai Mitzvah Fairs or consultations, please contact Michal Greenbaum at (201) 244-6702 or michal@areyvut.org.
We would like to thank the following agencies for their participation:
Bears from Bergenfield*Chai Lifeline*Friendship Circle*One Family Fund*Project Literacy*Second Chance Toys*Table to Table*UJANNJ*YCS



Areyvut Out on the Island

HANC - Chesed FairOn the evening of May 20th at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC) K-6th grade students and their parents participated in a school-wide Chesed Fair coordinated by Areyvut.  There were ten stations each with a different chesed activity for everyone to get involved!  Children and parents took the time to write letters to American soldiers serving in Iraq, make and decorate tzedakah boxes and create tissue paper flowers for those who are ill to name a few.

 HANC - Chesed Fair

Thank you to Stefanie Greenberg from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and Alex and Jason Selesny who helped students with various projects that evening.

For more information on bringing a Chesed Fair to your community, please contact Michal Greenbaum at (201) 244-6702 or michal@areyvut.org.



TPI Spreads the Wealth 


TPI - Eva's Village Check PresentationIt was an evening of good food, good friends and meaningful gifts on May 18th at the First Annual Teen Philanthropy Institute (TPI) Banquet.  Throughout the evening students spoke of their TPI experience and the effect it has had on TPI - Chai Lifeline Check Presentationthem.  In total, the 24 students in TPI allocated $11,000 to six organizations in the Bergen County area.



Chai Lifeline * Eva’s Village * Jenna’s Rainbow  Pony Power * Supplies for Success * YCS

Thank you to Daniel Rothner, Judi Davidsohn Nahary and the participants of TPI for making this first year so enjoyable and successful!


TPI - Jenna's Rainbow Check Presentation
For more information on starting a Teen Philanthropy Institute or joining the program, please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or daniel@areyvut.org.



Areyvut wishes you and your family a joyous Shavuot.

Torah - Shavuot

For ideas on how to make your Shavuot more meaningful, please visit our online

 Shavuot Resource Center.




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Spotlight: Bnai Mitzvah Project


Daniel Dietz - Smile Train

Daniel Dietz at The Smile Train

New York, NY

Daniel Dietz from Florence, MA was the 2007 Areyvut and JVibe Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest Winner!  After learning about children suffering with cleft lip and palate, Daniel decided to take it upon himself to change their lives.  He came upon The Smile Train, an organization providing low cost reconstructive surgery for children.  Daniel initially set out with the goal of raising $4,500 to impact the lives of 18 children.  His plan was simple – to entertain people with his yoyo tricks and encourage them to donate any money they could in his “tip jar” after his performance.  Before he knew it, Daniel had raised over $15,000! 

Though Daniel’s bar mitzvah took place in 2006, he continues to perform throughout the U.S. with the proceeds being donated to The Smile Train.

For more information about The Smile Train, please visit their website:






Make a Difference Day 2007
Do you know a teen involved in a great Bnai Mitzvah Project?


Would you like to nominate him or her for July’s Spotlight?
Contact Sharon Stahl at (201) 244-6702 or

Make a Difference Day 2007 




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