May 2007

Areyvut Newsletter
Chesed. Tzedakah. Tikkun Olam
May 2007
In This Issue
Donate Online!
“Make a Difference” Day
Today’s Kindness
Beit Chaverim
Bnai Mitzvah Projects

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“Make a Difference” Day

Make a Difference Day 2007

“Make a Difference” Day 2007 was a huge success!  Special thanks to the organizers and participants of the 39 projects that took place throughout the country and Israel

Watch some of the highlights from “Make a Difference” Day here!

Make a Difference Day 2007

 Save the date!
Areyvut’s 4th annual
“Make a Difference” Day
will take place on
April 4-6th 2008.




A Kindness a Day Banner
Help organize a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration for children with serious illnesses and disabilities


“He who teaches a neighbor’s son torah earns a seat in the Academy on High” – Talmud Bava Metzia 85a



Beit Chaverim

Beit Chaverim

On April 29, 2007 Areyvut joined Beit Chaverim Synagogue of Westport, CT at their Hebrew School Open House for a family education program developed around the theme of “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Areyvut staff provided parents with sources related to the topic and prepared them to teach their children what they had learned. When the students joined the group, families had an opportunity to review the materials, discuss why it is so important to “love your neighbor as yourself” and brainstorm ways to incorporate the commandment into their lives.

Then it was time to turn our learning into action! Students and parents got the chance to participate in hands-on activities based on the theme of the afternoon. Some students chose to write letters to Israeli soldiers to be distributed through A Package from Home, an agency that helps take care of soldiers without family in Israel. These letters will be personally delivered to Israel this week, by Areyvut’s founder and director, Daniel Rothner.

At the conclusion of the program, each family received a copy of Areyvut’s “A Kindness a Day” Calendar, encouraging them to continue to do acts of kindness all year long.



Bnai Mitzvah Project Ideas

Through our Bnai Mitzvah Resource Center, we reach out to students, parents and educators to help incorporate social action into bar/bat mitzvah celebrations. On our website, you can access a list of projects that can make any celebration more meaningful while making the world a better place. We think it is ideal for students to select projects in their areas of interest. Doing so will enable them to have more ownership and involvement in the project, encourage them to continue beyond their bar/bat mitzvah and ignite a lifelong commitment to social justice, charity and kindness.

Our Bnai Mitzvah Project Database is constantly being updated!  Here are just a few of the organizations that have recently been added.

  • City Green, Inc.
  • Council of Young Israel Rabbis in Israel
  • Jewish Women International
  • Music For All Seasons
  • Palisades Emergency Residence Corporation
  • PeacePlayers International
  • Ronald McDonald House of Long Island
  • Save Nature
  • Tefilin, Mezuzah & Sefer Torah Gemach
  • Thanksgiving Coffee Company
  • The Baby G’moch
  • TomcheiShabbos of Bergen County




 Pre-Order the 2008 Calendar!


The 2008 Areyvut “A Kindness a Day” Calendar is at the printers and on it’s way to you!  Pre-order your calendars today and receive an extra 25% off your total purchase!  For more information, call us at (201) 244-6702