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2016-2017 Bergen County Mitzvah Clowning

Friday, May 26, 2017

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Areyvut's Mitzvah Clown Program is coming to Bergen County!  Join over 525 people who have already become Mitzvah Clowns, in an effort to bring joy, laughter and smiles to those in need of them.  This unique intergenerational program is geared for students 6th grade and up, including teens and adults to learn about the mitzvah of Kavod HaBriyot (human dignity) and Bikkur Cholim (visiting the sick) while at the same time teaching them Mitzvah Clowning skills to enhance their friendly visits.  Participants in the program will learn how to interact with senior citizens, children with special needs and others in need of healing and a friendly visit.  The program will include a training session during which each participant will receive a clown kit, costume, balloons and balloon pump that will be theirs to keep.
 
At the initial session the participants will learn how to apply clown make-up, create balloon animals and undergo role play exercises to better prepare them for their friendly visit.  After the initial session, these newest Mitzvah Clowns put into action what they learn by visiting seniors.  Each month, following the initial training and friendly visit, the Mitzvah Clowns will go on site visits to local senior centers and other facilities.  
 
The cost to participate in this program is $250.  This fee includes a clown kit, costume, supplies for the site visits and covers Areyvut's operational costs of the program.  Sponsorship opportunities are available and are tax deductible.  All sponsors will receive letters for tax purposes.
 
Registration is required.
 
Information for Initial Training

Date: Sunday, September 25th

Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
 
Training & Site Visit Location: Jewish Home at Rockleigh, 10 Link Drive, Rockleigh, NJ 07647
   
Tentative Schedule:

  1. September 25- initial training- participants must attend this session to participate in the program- 8:30 AM-12:30 PM
  2. October 30- 8:00-9:00 AM at the Gift of Life Steps for Life 5k Run & Walk at Battery Park
  3. October 30- 10:45-11:45 am at the J-ADD Walk at Van Saun
  4. November 6- 2:00-3:00 PM at CareOne Teaneck for Mitzvah Day with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey
  5. November 27- 4:00-5:00 PM at Bright Side Manor
  6. December 26- 6:00-7:00 PM with the Friendship Circle at Rinat
  7. January 29- 4:00-5:00 PM at Bright Side Manor
  8. March  12- 1:30-2:30 PM at CareOne Teaneck
  9. April 2- 10:00-11:00 AM at Jewish Home at Rockleigh in conjunction with National Mitzvah Day
  10. April 23- 11:30-12:30 with Friendship Circle at RYNJ
  11. May 26- 4:00-5:00 PM at CareOne Teaneck
  12. June 4- 2017 Celebrate Israel Parade- 10-30-12:30

Please note: The dates listed above are only tentative.  
 
Areyvut would like to acknowledge and thank the Jewish Home for their partnership, help and support.
   
No refunds will be given after the initial training.
 
By participating in this program you give permission to Areyvut to post pictures of the Mitzvah Clown Program on the Areyvut website and to use pictures of you Mitzvah Clowning for PR purposes.  
 
For more information about this program or any other Areyvut Mitzvah Clown program, please contact an Areyvut representative at (201) 244-6702 or info@areyvut.org.