Posted on October 7, 2011
Lois Goldrich, in her article from the Jewish Standard titled, “Matching B’nai Mitzvah with Mitzvot,” writes about Dan Shlufman who worked with a committee of dedicated individuals, which included rabbis and community leaders, to create Kesher Olam (“Connection to the World”). Kesher Olam is funded by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey (JFNNJ) and allows for Bnai Mitzvah to choose mitzvah projects that resonate with them and to volunteer in the community. Programs are listed by interest in their user-friendly brochure which also has contact information for the organizations and application forms. Another amazing aspect of this article, is a quote from Rabbi Neal Borovitz, the JCRC chairman and religious leader of Avodat Shalom in River Edge who said, “For more than 20 years, my congregation has required that b’nai mitzvah students give a portion of their cash gifts to tzedaka and some time to the community.” Rabbi Borovitz and Dan Shlufman are both making a great impact on the Jewish youth and we at Areyvut applaud their efforts and look forward to working with them and the youth of today as well as the youth of tomorrow.