Mitzvah Project Ideas

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Organization
A Package from Home 
Address
Hayitzhar 49 POB 1750 
City
Hashmonaim 
Zip
73127 
Website
www.apackagefromhome.org 
Contact Person
Shira Gilor 
Title
Project Manager 
Phone
(972) 8 976-1323 
Fax
(972) 8 976-1323 
Email
apfh@gilor.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

A Package from Home provides care packages for Chayelim Bodedim (soldiers with no family in Israel) and other combat soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces. These packages strengthen the spirit and resolve of Israeli soldiers, and show appreciation and thanks for protecting Israel. These packages are filled with items such as fleece jackets, long underwear, socks, gloves, hats, t-shirts, toiletries, and assorted snack foods, along with letters of appreciation from children and adults from around the world. There are many ways to participate in A Package from Home's project.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

A Package from Home offers the opportunity for Bnai Mitzvah to perform a mitzvah by helping the soldiers of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). There are many ways to be involved in A Package from Home's project. First, by adopting an army unit of Chayelim Bodedim (soldiers with no family in Israel), each Chayal Boded will receive a care package filled with such as items as a t-shirt, anti fungal socks, fleece jackets, long underwear, hat, gloves, assorted snacks, toiletries and a letter of appreciation written by adults and children from around the world. A Bnai Mitzvah may include a letter with their invitation telling their guests about their project and/or ask guests to donate directly to A Package from Home, or the Bnai Mitzvah can decide to personally adopt an army unit. In addition writing letters to be included in the packages, collecting supplies for the soldiers and other ideas can be part of their chesed project.

Organization
A.H.A.V.A. English Learned in a Natural Method 
Address
Mitzpe Yericho 403 
City
DN Arvot Hayarden 
Zip
9065100 
Website
ahava-english.org 
Contact Person
Gaila Cohen Morrison 
Title
Director 
Phone
972 2 535 6532 
Fax
972-2-535-6532 call first 
Email
ahava.org@gmail.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

We promote English Literacy in Israel, primarily in the Jerusalem area. We have after school classes teaching English, teacher training seminars training teachers in our methodology, we sponsor a Read-a-thon, Writing Contest and build libraries. We provide scholarships for families of a low socioeconomic level. We do all this because without a passing grade in the all important English Matriculation Exams set by the government children do not get their High School Diploma. Currently only about 55% of all Israeli students graduate High School.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Books or toys can be collected for our libraries - the drawback is that they also must find a way to get them here. This is a good project if the family is coming to celebrate in Israel, and everyone can bring a bag of books. School supplies can be collected for us. As a better alternative, money can be raised to sponsor any of our projects. In each case, we can break down each project into parts that guests can buy in addition or in lieu of gifts for the Bar or Bat Mitzvah child. For example if we wanted to build a library we could list books, plastic to cover, shelving, etc.. as gift opportunities. Pictures can be sent to be used as centerpieces or party favors.

Recently, Bnei Mitzvah have raised money to build us a garden, while we read and wrote (in English) about environmental concerns.  One joined our Read-a-thon, held a fundraiser for us, and collected books for our library.

One can now support A.H.A.V.A. while cycling in Israel and other parts of the world. To check this out- and have a great adventure- please visit: www.cycleforunity.org/organizations

Organization
Action for Post-Soviet Jewry 
Address
24 Crescent Street, Suite 306 
City
Waltham 
State/Country
MA 
Zip
02453-4089 
Website
www.ActionPSJ.org 
Contact Person
Judy Patkin 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(781) 893-2331 
Fax
(781) 647-9474 
Email
ActionPSJ@aol.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

Action for Post-Soviet Jewry assists Jewish communities in the former Soviet Union, mainly in eastern Ukraine, Belarus and Kishinev, Moldova.  Its main project is called Adopt-a-Bubbe.  We are helping over 1,50 pensioners with food, medicine, clothing, eyeglasses, hearing aids, and occasionally coal for the winter, refurbishing a burned-out apartment and more.  Action for Post-Soviet Jewry also provides aid for students at Jewish Day Schools and Jewish orphanages.  usually this is medicine, clothing and vitamins.  Action for Post-Soviet supports free medical clinics in Dnipopetrovsk and Kharkov, Ukraine.  We also supply medicine to physicians who volunteer in the Jewish communities we serve.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Action for Post-Soviet Jewry has a Bar/Bat Mitzvah "twinning" program which links youngsters in America with their counterpart in Ukraine, usually a Jewish Day School student. The organization encourages the youngsters to write to one another and exchange pictures and items of interest about their families, schools and hobbies. This is an effort to link Jewish young people across the world, and to appreciate the many similarities and differences in the way each lives. In several communities, the children come from very poor families. Therefore, they are trying to collect children's clothing (especially warm jackets, hats and sweaters) and shoes. Several Jewish Day Schools have asked us to provide shoes, which are expensive and which often wear out and are outgrown by youngsters. If participants can get them to APSJ's office, they can send them in directly to the schools where they are most needed. Used clothing or shoes must be in very good condition. Youngsters who live near the APSJ office are welcome to volunteer to pack medicine and clothing for shipment.

Organization
African Refugee Development Center 
Address
Units 4919-23, New Central Bus Station 
City
Tel Aviv 
Zip
66990 
Website
ardc-israel.org 
Contact Person
Karen Douglas 
Title
Resource Development Coordinator 
Phone
972 3 639 1416 
Email
info@ardc-israel.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The African Refugee Development Center (ARDC) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by refugees and Israeli citizens to assist, support and empower refugees and asylum seekers in Israel that have come fleeing genocide and armed civil conflict in their home countries. The ARDC seeks to ensure access to basic social services, and to facilitate refugee and asylum seeker integration, self-sufficiency and ownership in matters affecting their lives. The ARDC advocates for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers and for a humane and fair Israeli asylum policy, It divides its work between individual counseling, humanitarian aid, education, community development, awareness raising and policy initiatives.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:
Donations made from fundraisers are put to great use by the organization with a significant majority directly supporting projects such as our shelter for homeless and pregnant refugee women. Additionally we have the opportunity to schedule site visits and volunteer opportunities with the Bnai Mitzvah.

Organization
Afya Foundation 
Address
140 Saw Mill River Road 
City
Yonkers 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10701 
Website
www.afyafoundation.org 
Contact Person
Danielle Butin 
Title
Executive Director 
Phone
(914) 920-5081 
Fax
(914) 920-5082 
Email
danielle.butin@afyafoundation.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

The Afya Foundation believes that quality healthcare is a basic human right. With that in mind, our mission is to divert still-usable medical and humanitarian supplies and equipment from US incineration and landfills to send them to people/organizations in Africa and Haiti, bringing access to healthcare to the world’s most underserved populations. We have found that oftentimes, health care providers in the rural and poor communities in the developing world feel frustrated because of the lack of basic medical supplies, resulting in their inability to deliver care. We know that millions of pounds of still-usable medical and humanitarian supplies are discarded each year in the US – we're working to collect these items and send them to those people and communities abroad who would otherwise never have access to such things. In 2011, Afya sent Medical and school supplies to Bolivia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Japan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tanzania and Uganda, among other places. With the help of hundreds of volunteers, we sent nearly one million pounds of supplies and equipment, enhancing the health of hundreds of thousands of people abroad, and reducing the negative impact on our local environment.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Afya can provide Jewish adolescents around the country with an opportunity to volunteer their time and efforts, knowing that they will have a major impact on a community of people abroad. Performing a Community Service project with Afya may entail fundraising, collecting sports or humanitarian supplies, and/or coming to our warehouse to sort and pack supplies; and will provide a truly hands-on experience – one that fosters "giving back" in a meaningful manner. These kinds of projects can open the mind of a student, and let them see how many people don't have things that we take for granted. The elegance of this program is that everyone wins – the young adults gain valuable team participation and leadership experience, the environment is less put-upon, and hospitals/clinics and schools in developing nations have access to humanitarian supplies that they would otherwise never be able to acquire. We have a variety of projects in need of support that can be tailored to meet the interests of students looking for a service-based project.

Some examples of projects that students have done include:

1. Collecting supplies such as school-related items, soap, soccer equipment, jump ropes

2. Bringing a group of friends and family to the warehouse to help sort and pack supplies

3. Raising funds to help pay for the shipment of supplies by holding car washes, bake sales, garage sales

4. Asking for guests to donate to Afya in honor of this event

5. Donating a percentage of financial gifts to Afya

6. Giving a speech, showing a video, making literature about Afya available and placing a donation envelope at the place setting of each guest

Sometimes we are in the process of responding to a crisis due to a natural disaster (earthquake, flooding, tsunami) and students find that participating in this response is a particularly meaningful way to perform Tzedakah. We also welcome student-led innovations – all ideas are welcome. The beauty of working with Afya is the knowledge that we will deliver 100% of all supplies collected to those in need in Haiti or Africa.

Organization
Agahozo Shalom Youth Village 
Address
498 7th Avenue 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.agahozo-shalom.org 
Phone
646-381-7860 
Email
info@asyv.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

During the Rwandan genocide in 1994 nearly one million people were murdered in 100 days. The catastrophic consequences continue to be felt today where, despite tremendous efforts at rebuilding, 60% of the population still live below the poverty line.  One of the most devastating aftermaths is the approximately 2.8 million orphans and vulnerable children who reside in Rwanda today, many of whom have lost their parents, family members, communities, and homes. With this unfathomable trauma comes the loss of hope for a viable future; for their country and for themselves.

ASYV will be a place where these traumatized youth can "dry their tears" (Agahozo) and "live in peace" (Shalom). Within this environment, the "rhythm of life" will be restored: a child rises from his/her bed in the morning, eats breakfast with siblings and "parents,"walks to school and back home in the afternoon. The result is healthy adults who are not only able to care for themselves and their families, but who are committed to making their community and the world a better place. ASYV will be an opportunity for Americans, Israelis and Rwandans to work together to establish a tangible and long-term response to Rwanda's critical orphan problem. A team of Ethiopian-Israelis are serving as mentors and role models for the staff and students. Many are graduates of Yemin Orde, a village founded in 1953 in Israel to care for orphans of the Holocaust. The first group of students arrived at their new home in the Village in December of 2008 and began their first academic year in January of 2009. 

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

ASYV has created a package for Bnai Mitzvah students to further introduce them to this project, share stories of the teens living at the Village and present ideas for connecting a Bnai Mitzvah project to the inspiring mission of the Village. Please contact ASYV to customize your own involvement with ASYV. They can also share with you some of the ways other Bnai Mitzvah students have helped ASYV through their personal projects.

Organization
AIDS Resource Foundation for Children 
Address
77 Academy Street 
City
Newark 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07102 
Website
www.aidsresource.org 
Contact Person
Annie Chen 
Title
Director of Development 
Phone
(973) 643-0400 ext. 710 
Email
info@aidsresource.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The AIDS Resource Foundation for Children offers comprehensive services to families affected by HIV/AIDS living in Newark, NJ. We provide opportunities such as housing, medical care, mental health services, and an after-school program.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Youth volunteers are especially important to our organization because we are focused on building a strong community by helping children and families.
 
Volunteer opportunities for youth include organizing a donation drive to collect much needed items such as:
 
* School supplies
 
* Household goods (linens, kitchenware, furniture, etc.)
 
* Books (new or gently used)
 
* Baby items (diapers, wipes, strollers, etc.)
 
* Gift cards in small amounts (grocery stores, Old Navy)

Organization
Aleh 
Address
P.O. Box 4911 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10185 
Website
www.aleh.org 
Contact Person
Dov Hirth 
Title
Public Relations 
Phone
(866) 717-0252 
Fax
(972) 2-501-1100 
Email
dov@aleh-israel.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Aleh is a nonprofit organization that provides medical care and rehabilitation to hundreds of severely disabled children, teenagers and young adults in Israel. Founded in 1982 by a small group of dedicated parents, today Aleh provides full residential services to over 600 severely disabled children and young adults, and outpatient services for 10,000 people with milder disabilities. Aleh's four facilities are located in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera and the Negev.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Take your Bar/Bat Mitzvah to the next level. Make it an experience that will have a real impact on your life, and the lives of others. Your new status is all about making a difference. You now count more than ever. So do something real. Enter this new stage in life by doing the ultimate act of kindness and chesed – help give kids who can't walk, talk or even breathe on their own a chance to live a better, happier life.
 
Some project ideas include:
 
* Join us in Israel - Celebrate your Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the Holy Land of Israel!  What a special and meaningful way to embark on yur journey into Jewish adulthood.  While you are here, transform your trip into an experience that will have a real impact on your life and the lives of others by including Aleh in your Israel celebration.
 
* Donating a portion of your gifts to Aleh
 
* Hosting a Carnival
 
* Chanukah Celebration/"Make One Light an Aleh Night"
 
* Bike-A-Thon
 
* Bowl-A-Thon
 
* Dance-A-Thon
 
* Using the beautiful ceramic hearts, chamsot, guitars or mezuzot made by the young adults at Aleh as favors for the guests at your simcha. (https://www.aleh.org/eng/boutique.asp)  
 
* Adopt a Child for a Month
 
* Sponsor an Outing
 
* Twinning Celebrations - When you contribute to Aleh through this program your name will be inscribe on a leaf which is 'planted' at the Aleh Jerusalem center.
 
So the next time you're in Israel, stop by Aleh and visit the children, the staff & your leaf! What's more, you'll be able to see what we do and how much you helped the children at Aleh.

Organization
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 
Address
333 East Lancaster Ave., #414 
City
Wynnewood 
State/Country
PA 
Zip
19096 
Website
www.AlexsLemonade.org 
Contact Person
Ally Kowalsky 
Title
Volunteer Coordinator for Special Events 
Phone
(610) 649-3034 
Email
a.kowalsky@alexslemonade.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra "Alex" Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of volunteers across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $45 million toward fulfilling Alex's dream of finding a cure, funding over 150 research projects nationally.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Stands and events make Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation strong! Every year, thousands of volunteer fundraisers all across the country, raise millions of dollars to help us find a cure for childhood cancer by holding lemonade stands and fundraising events of all kinds. Be a part of raising money for pediatric cancer by organizing a lemonade stand, one of our other suggested events, or dreaming up an event of your own. We're amazed by the creative ways our volunteers raise money to support our mission each year! To get started go to http://www.alexslemonade.org/campaign/stands-and-events/about.

Organization
Am Echad, Inc. 
Address
1277 Bartonshire Way 
City
Potomac 
State/Country
MD 
Zip
20854 
Website
www.amechad.net 
Contact Person
Igor Feldblyum 
Phone
(301) 309-8755 
Fax
(301) 424-7412 
Email
amechad@aol.com 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
Am Echad, a nonprofit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization, was established in the year 2000 to provide financial and moral support directly to destitute elderly and disabled Jews in the former Soviet Union. They help the most lonely, the most desperate, those with no relatives, and those who are not reached by the efforts of the mainstream Jewish organizations. Many of these Jews do not have any money for food and medicine, and do not have a family to support them. Am Echad provides help directly, in some cases literally, by saving them from starvation or imminent death due to catastrophic illnesses. Their health can be improved, and their physical suffering can be alleviated with medicine. Am Echad makes it possible. A grass roots, all-volunteer organization, Am Echad has limited resources and relies solely on donations. The majority of its efforts go to finding the neediest individuals to whom they can provide direct assistance. Sadly, that number grows daily. Am Echad already knows many of them, but they cannot start helping these people until more funds become available. All contributions received by Am Echad are used immediately to improve the lives of these all but forgotten people.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

You can help these poor, elderly people in a number of ways:
 
* Organize a program at your synagogue or school to raise awareness of the critical situation of elderly Jews living in Russia.
 
* Start tzedakah drives in your neighborhood, school, or synagogue to collect money for Am Echad.
 
* Donate a certain percentage of the money that you receive on your birthday or Bar/Bat Mitzvah.
 
Many Jewish communities all over the U.S. would be glad to support Am Echad's work if they knew about it. Am Echad would gladly send them information if it had their names and addresses. They need volunteers to send them information such as a list of members at your local synagogue. CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY GUARANTEED. AM ECHAD'S MAILING LIST IS NEVER SHARED WITH ANY OTHER ORGANIZATION.

Organization
American Cancer Society (Northern NJ) 
Address
20 Mercer Street 
City
Hackensack 
State/Country
NJ 
Zip
07601 
Website
www.cancer.org 
Contact Person
Chris Brandt 
Title
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 
Phone
(201) 457-3418 x2207 
Email
chris.brandt@cancer.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

* Office volunteering
 
* Supporting fundraising events including Relay For Life
 
* Making Strides Against Breast Cancer
 
* GWB Challenge

Organization
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem 
Address
55 West 39th Street, 4th Floor 
City
New York 
State/Country
NY 
Zip
10018 
Website
www.acsz.org 
Contact Person
Sharon Goldwyn 
Title
Director, NY Region 
Phone
(212) 764-8062 or (917) 287-7334 
Email
sgoldwyn@acsz.org 
 

Students can incorporate the organization into any of the following aspects of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration.

 
 

Description of Organization:

Please consider doing a Mitzvah Project by helping Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel.  It is known as "the Hospital with a Heart" for its century-long reputation for treating patients with special kindness and care.  We treat over 250,000 people a year and have treated over 40% of those injured in terrorist attacks.  Over 14,000 babies are born each year the hospital.  Shaare Zedek does not receive any government funding for new equipment or to update its facilities.  The Hospital is supported through the generosity of donors throughout the United States and around the world.

Bnai Mitzvah Projects or Volunteer Opportunities offered by the organization for children ages 11 - 13:

Suggested Projects include a Walkathon, Basketball Shoot, Bowl-a-Thon, Hockey event, Bake Sale, etc...to benefit the Children and Babies at Shaare Zedek. We will help you make Flyers, and organize your event from start to finish!!! We will make a personal online link so only friends and family can donate to your project.
 

If you will be visiting Israel:

* Take a private tour of the hospital

* Visit the children and give out Teddy Bears

* Have a plaque of dedication in your honor

* Help purchase a piece of equipment for the Children's Hospital