Bat and Bar Mitzvah Projects – Part 2

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In last week’s Mitzvah Monday blog, we covered the meaning of tikkun olam and how it relates to choosing one’s Bar Mitzvah project. This week, we’ll give you several ideas for selecting a meaningful project to complete.

Keep it local. Contact your local homeless shelter or soup kitchen to see what their specific needs are. They may be in need of volunteers to serve meals or may be low on supplies. Round up your family and some friends and chip in where needed. Make it a weekly habit to spend an hour or two of your time to help those in need.

Coordinate a food drive in your community. Food pantries can use food all year-round, not just during the holiday season.

Care for those in Israel. We at make it easy to contribute to the Jewish National Fund. With the purchase of designated Jewish National Fund Bar Mitzvah Invitations you can donate $5 per invitation that will go towards a specific cause in Israel. Depending on the invitation you select, you’ll be helping plant a tree, provide water resources, or help with community development.

American Cancer Society. Participate in your community’s Relay for Life event by organizing a team and raising funds to fight cancer in your area.

-A-thon it! Organize a dance-a-thon, bowl-a-thon, walk-a-thon, or anything else you can think of to raise funds. Select a worthy charity as the recipient and have fun doing something you love while helping others!

Still stumped? Go to Areyvut for hundreds of great ideas and links to organizations that would love to be a part of your project.

Mitzvah projects are a great way to augment the meaning and importance of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah. A superior project combines the commandment of tikkun olam with your specific talents and interests. You’ll find that selecting just the right project will make your Mitzvah a meaningful and rewarding event in your life.