March 2011


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Bringing Kindness to Communities One Teen at a Time March 2011


A Kindness a Day

Wednesday – March 2, 2011
26 Adar I 5771
Help a neighbor who has lost a job write a resume or cover letter. 
“There are eight rungs in charity.  The highest is when you help a man to help himself.”
(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah 10:7)



A Day In the Life of Areyvut


People ask us all the time “What’s a typical day like at Areyvut?”.  Though our answer is always the same in that there is no “typical day”…we can assure you of one thing…there is never a dull moment.  The following all took place on Thurs., Feb. 24, 2011.  
8:33am – Checked emails since the time I left work on the previous day.  Was looking to add people to our “Make a Difference” Day roster.  After all, “Make a Difference” Day is coming up Apr. 1 – 3, but no such luck.  However, I did receive an email informing me that I could have won $100,000…I didn’t.
Reflection – Wouldn’t it be nice if more individuals, synagogues, schools and communities got involved in “Make a Difference” Day?  You can make that happen…click here.
10:47am – I compiled all of the materials that I will be bringing with me to the Touro College Career Fair on March 3rd.  Touro has proven to produce some wonderful interns in the past and I look forward to meeting potential applicants.  In preparation for the career fair I created a movie to run on a loop of the winning 2010 Bnai Mitzvah Video Essays.  I’m also reminded that I need to post the internship positions on shul listservs in the coming weeks.
Reflection – I’m reminded of how valuable interns are to the Areyvut team.  The reason for the video?  The Bnai Mitzvah Video Essay Contest was a real idea that came from an Areyvut Summer Intern.
12:31pm – Lunch
Reflection – I wish I had packed something more exciting. 🙁
1:42pm – I start working on the March e-Newsletter (the thing you are currently reading).  I inquire about any upcoming events that I may not be aware of and there are several…most notably, the Hands-on Chesed Day at Hillel Toray North Suburban Day School in Skokie, IL for their 400 students on March 21st.  We work on creating a list of fun and engaging hands-on chesed activities that can take place in a school.  Coming up with the activities is easy, giving each an alliterative or kid-friendly descriptive name is another story.
Reflection – Thought #1: Finding activities for 400 students is no easy task.  Thought #2: It’s hard to find a word that rhymes with charity.
3:04pm – I check my email and find that another person has registered for Areyvut’s Mitzvah Clown Training in the Twin Cities for March 6th.  We start to pack boxes of clown kits, balloon pumps, clowning handouts and other items to be sent to Minnesota.
Reflection – I wonder if it’s okay for me to put together clown kits, even if I’m still sort of afraid of clowns.
3:58pm – I check my email again…this time I find that Quill and Staples both want to save me money on all of my office supply needs…a nice gesture, but I’m not in the market for anything right now.
Reflection – I like the feeling I get when people seem to care about my office needs.
Everything that is mentioned above 100% took place in the Areyvut office on Feb. 24th.  Areyvut encourages you to get involved in as many programs as possible and wishes you and your family a Chag Purim Sameach.
Team Areyvut



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