October 2007

Areyvut Newsletter
Chesed. Tzedakah. Tikkun Olam. October 2007
In This Issue
Save the Date!
Today’s Kindness
Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest
JCC on the Palisades Expo

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Save the Date!

Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest Open for Entries!
(co-sponsored by JVibe)

October 21:
Bnai Mitzvah Retreat
Ansche Chesed
New York, NY

November 6:
NJ Association of Jewish Day Schools Statewide Staff Developement Conference


November 8:
Bnai Mitzvah Project Workshop
Private Home
New York, NY

November 18:

Greenburgh Hebrew Center
Bnai Mitzvah Fair

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Teen Philanthropy Institute

Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
Tenafly, NJ


November 18:
Open House
November 26:
Application Deadline
December 1:
December 2-3:
December 12-16:
URJ Biennial
San Diego, CA

Booth #825

January-June 2008
Monthly Meetings

January 1, 2008:

Uncle Moishy Concerts

Congregation Bnai Yeshurun Teaneck, NJ

January 10, 2008:

Group Bnai Mitzvah Consultation

Congregation Or Zarua

New York, NY

January 13, 2008:

Hands On Fair

The Village Temple

New York, NY

April 4-6, 2008:
“Make a Difference” Day


Going to URJ Biennial?

Make a Difference Day 2007

So are we!  Areyvut will be hosting Booth #825 at  the Union for Reform Judaism 69th Biennial Convention in San Diego, CA from December 12-16.
If not already registered, it’s not too late to register here!



A Kindness a Day Banner



Compliment someone who helps you, either at home or in the office.

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healthy to the bones.” – Proverbs 17:25



Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest

Students are invited to share their Bnai Mitzvah project experiences with the entire Jewish community by participating in Areyvut’s Annual Bnai Mitvah Essay Contest in partnership with JVibe.

Write an essay that describes how and why you incorporated the values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social justice) into your Bnai Mitzvah celebration.
Make sure to answer the following questions:
1. Why did you choose to do a service project?
2. Why did you choose THIS project?
3. How did (or will) your project impact your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration?
4. If you have already celebrated your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, how have you continued your project?
The deadline for all essays is December 1, 2007!   
For more information and contest guidelines please visit Bnai Mitzvah Essay Contest or JVibe.



JCC Expo

Community Service Expo


On Sunday, September 23, Areyvut sponsored a Community Service Expo at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades. Below is an article that appeared in the October 5 issue of The Jewish Standard:


Hundreds of families attended the first Bergen County Community Service Expo at the Kaplen JCC in Tenafly on Sept. 23. Co-sponsored by the JCC and Areyvut, the Bergenfield-based organization committed to promoting the Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social justice), the fair featured representatives from more than 20 organizations. Its goal was to connect teens, pre-teens, and their parents with a variety of volunteer opportunities to fulfill bar/bat mitzvah projects and community service obligations for their schools.
According to Areyvut’s founder and director, Daniel Rothner, the organization is committed to helping every student and family develop a project that meets their needs. “Areyvut’s team of educators works with program participants to design and implement projects that cater to each child’s interests and personal development goals,” he says. “Areyvut aims to ignite a lifelong commitment to social justice, charity, and kindness.”
The large turnout was encouraging to the fair’s organizers and participants, which included Englewood Hospital, Music for All Seasons, Ruach Tova, Sharsheret, Bears from Bergenfield, the American Cancer Society, Jewish Home at Rockleigh, Giving Arts & The Creative Judaica Kit Company, Noah’s Gift Foundation, and the UJA Federation of Northern New Jersey.young teens
Other organizations represented were Yachad, Youth Consultation Services (YCS), Tomchei Shabbos of Bergen County, PERC, New Jersey Students for Peace, Raising Awareness Destination: Darfur (RAD:D), Jewish National Fund, Jewish Association for Developmental Disabilities (J-ADD), Friendship Circle, Baby Basics of Children’s Aid and Family Services, and Canine Companions for Independence. Areyvut and the Kaplen JCC’s Camp Dream Street and Special Services were also present.
The response to the Expo was “phenomenal,” according to Rothner, who expects to plan another fair soon with the JCC. He reported positive feedback both from organizations and attendees. “It was great to see families with 8- and 9-year-olds there, getting some knowledge about future possibilities of projects that reflect Jewish values.” In order to put the projects in a meaningful context, more than 70 young people created tzedakah boxes for family and friends and made personalized cards for soldiers in Israel and hospitalized children.



To bring Areyvut to your local school, synagogue or community please contact Daniel at daniel@areyvut.org or 201-244-6702.