Mid-February 2008

Bringing Kindness to Communities One Kid at a Time Special Edition

Areyvut’s “A Kindness a Day”

February 16, 2008


This week, volunteer some of your time to an organization that can benefit from a specific skill, talent, or possession that you cherish.


“Speak to everyone who is naturally talented, to whom I have granted a spirit of wisdom, and let them make Aaron’s clothing.” (Exodus 28:3)



Welcome New Subscibers! 

In recent weeks Areyvut has had a surge in new subscribers to our e-Newsletter.  We would like to take this opportunity to welcome all of you.  We invite you all to give us your feedback at info@areyvut.org.


Areyvut’s President’s Circle


Joining Areyvut’s President’s Circle is now more important than ever!  The Meyer G. and Ellen Goodstein Koplow Foundation has offered Areyvut a Challenge Grant and Matching Funds through the end of February for the first 25 new members who join the President’s Circle.  This gift, equaling up to $25,000 will provide additional support that is vital for the future of our programs.  We are grateful to the foundation for their support that will enable us to continue spreading the importance of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social action) and look forward to introducing new donors to the important work that we do.


To make a donation or to join Areyvut’s President’s Circle with you minimum annual gift of $1,000, please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or daniel@areyvut.org.



How has Areyvut made an impact in the last 7 days?



Areyvut Goes Beyond Our Borders 
airplaneDaniel Rothner, Founder and Director of Areyvut, recently returned from delivering a presentation in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He spoke with 80 educators at the Jewish Federation of Vancouver on the topic of “Transforming Your School Community through Words”.  The teachers, principals, and administrators that he met are excited to begin implementing the themes Daniel discussed into their curricula.

If you are interested in bringing a similar program to your school, synagogue, or community center please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or daniel@areyvut.org.



Areyvut’s Afternoon on the Town!

Areyvut led a Bnai Mitzvah Fair at Temple Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, NY on Feb. 10th.


Some thoughts from the teens and parents about the program…


“I thought it was great how young kids can get involved, and what differences they can make.” -Tess W., 6th grade


“I liked looking around at the different stands it really inspired me.” -Jensyn M., 6th grade


“Representatives from Areyvut were helpful.  One on one student speakers were inspiring.” -Rochelle G., parent

TBA girl

If you are interested in bringing a Bnai Mitzvah Fair to your community or to find out more information, please contact Michal Greenbaum at (201) 244-6702 or michal@areyvut.org.



TPI is Flying High 


Students in the Teen Philanthropy Institute (TPI) at the JCC on the Palisades are continuing to learn about chesed, tzedakah, and tikkun olam opportunities.  Sarita Rosenstock, a 10th grade student from Princeton, NJ, a former Areyvut Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest Winner, was the guest lecturer at the last session.  She spoke about her Bat Mitzvah project which involved raising awareness and educating people about the genocide in Darfur and the surrounding region.  Sarita has since co-founded an independent student run organization called Raising Awareness Destination: Darfur (R.A.D.D.).  The students were truly inspired by her words.

The TPI program is spreading throughout the country!  Areyvut is pleased to serve as a consultant to several agencies that are interested in bringing TPI to their communities.

If you are interested in learning more about TPI or bringing TPI to your community, please contact Daniel Rothner at (201) 244-6702 or daniel@areyvut.org.




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Upcoming Events

Teen Philanthropy Institute

JCC on the Palisades

Tenafly, NJ

Feb. 24

Mar. 9

Mar. 30


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


Areyvut Summer Internship

Bergenfield, NJ

June 2 – July 31



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