Bnai Mitzvah Fairs

Bnai Mitzvah Fairs

Areyvut tailors Bnai Mitzvah fairs to meet the specific needs of schools, synagogues and community centers. Agency representatives present their missions and volunteer opportunities to students and their families. Students can also participate in hands-on projects, which provide suggestions for chesed projects at their celebration.  Below are more detailed descriptions of the two types of fairs:

1. Bnai Mitzvah Volunteer Agency Fair

A Bnai Mitzvah Volunteer Agency Fair helps students and their parents select meaningful Bar/Bat Mitzvah projects.  At the fair, representatives from local community organizations introduce students to a variety of hands-on, on-going volunteer opportunities. An Areyvut representative attends each fair and is available to offer guidance on finding agencies that meet each student’s individual interests.  Each student will also receive a booklet highlighting the agencies at the fair. Areyvut will work with you to develop the list of organizations that will be invited to the fair.


  • A text study session addressing the importance of a Mitzvah project and chesed
  • A presentation by a student from the school or local school who has done a unique chesed project
  • A brief presentation by an Areyvut staff member about ways to start thinking about a Mitzvah project

2. Bnai Mitzvah Hands-on Projects Fair

A Bnai Mitzvah Hands-on Projects Fair gets students and their parents involved in on-site, hands-on activities to benefit local community agencies, and provides a chance to learn about community needs and possible volunteer opportunities.  At this fair, participants visit various stations that offer hands-on opportunities for them to perform mitzvot that can help others.

Areyvut develops a list of potential projects, supplies and recipient agencies, provides any necessary training, plans and implements the program for the host agency and ensures that the projects get to the appropriate agencies at the conclusion of the program.

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