Bar/Bat Mitzvah Guide: SEVEN - Mitzvah Project & Tz'dakkah Ideas For The Aspiring Bar/Bat Mitzvah

"Kol Yisrael Arevim Ze Ba-zeh -- The People of Israel are responsible for one another."   

Temple Israel's Bar/Bat Mitzvah Online Guide covers many topics relating to the Bar/Bat Mitzvahpreparatory process. Among the topics covered are suggestions to integrate the personal joy of this occasion with opportunities to share that joy with others in our local and wider community. 

There are a large number of charities a family could include as an extension of this simha. Most families support several charities. Some support one charity. Similarly, there is an indefinite number of creative possibilities to integrate a meaningful Mitzvah Project as part of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process. Whatever reasonable choices you make will be wonderful, meaningful, and appreciated. You may not need any guide to help you with your choices. However, many families ask for suggestions and recommendations. Here are a few examples of recent projects and ideas to consider.

OPERATION MAZAL TOV: A Bar/Bat Mitzvah for the Special Child program of the Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judaism in Israel. This program has received Israel's prestigious prize in pluralism for its outreach to a broad spectrum of Israeli youngsters with profound special needs (cerebral palsy, autism, deafness, etc.). Cantor Dress was the first national chairman of this program and continues to advance this program in conservative congregations in North America. General donations and Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning contributions may be made by check or credit card over the phone. Refer to www.masorti.org, or call 212-870-2216, or write Operation Mazal Tov, c/o Masorti Foundation for Conservative Judasim in Israel, 475 Riverside Drive Suite 832, New York, NY 10115-0122. Download this descriptive flyer, or see Cantor Dress for more information. TI families who visited Israel with Cantor Dress participated with these special youngsters in a meaningful way. Our kids have subsequently twinned with their new Israeli friends.

OTHER ORGANIZATIONS 

MAZON: A JEWISH RESPONSE TO HUNGER helps the hungry, not only in Jewish communities, but to countless millions around the world. You may complete a check to MAZON, 12401 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 303, Los Angeles CA 90025-1015; HADASSAH (Supports Hadassah Hospital Medical Care and Research in Jerusalem); MAGEN DAVID ADOM (Israel Emergency services); NACOEJ (Supports Ethiopian emigration to Israel); TIKVAH AT CAMP RAMAH (Supports physically challenged youngsters at Camp Ramah in Palmer, MA); YEMIN ORDE (Israel's largest orphanage and educational center - extraordinary place in the Carmel).

TEMPLE ISRAEL: Funds, scholarships, and other means that support charities and programming at Temple Israel and in the wider community.

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