Mitzvah Program: Tell Us About It!
FAMILIES WITH B’NEI MITZVAH IN 2016-2017 School Year
Parents, here is a place for you and your child to do research for an upcoming Tzedakah project for your child’s B’nei Mitzvah. You can also peruse this online resource for opportunities to perform acts of kindness in our Jacksonville Community.
Please follow the links on the right side of the page… there are wonderful opportunities for all! As more ideas come in, we will add them to this online resource. Add additional ideas below in the reply section, we will post them as they come in!
Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) Online Resources:
Areyvut enables Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values ofchesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action) so that they become thoughtful, giving members of the Jewish community of tomorrow.
A non profit organization established in 2002, Areyvut offers Jewish day schools, educators, synagogues and community centers unique opportunities to empower and enrich youth by creating innovative and meaningful programs that make these core Jewish values a reality.
Founded in 2008, Repair the World is the authority on and advocate for volunteering and service in and by the American Jewish community. Headquartered in New York City, we connect individuals with meaningful service opportunities to help their local, national and global communities, and enable individuals and organizations to run effective programs rooted in Jewish values.
The Mitzvah Bowl is your easy guide for finding the ideal bar/bat mitzvah project. It provides volunteer opportunities for high school students looking to fulfill community service hours. Additionally, the Mitzvah Bowl offers resources for youth groups, clubs, scouting troops and families seeking a way to help others and to make a difference.
International/National Jewish Organizations
The Lone Soldier Center– Local contact Mark Fleisher
History & Mission
The Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin was founded in 2009 by a group of former lone soldiers aware and concerned with the needs and struggles of the more than 5,000 lone soldiers serving in the IDF. The Lone Soldier Center is the first and only organization solely dedicated to meeting all of the physical and social needs of lone soldiers.
Who are Lone Soldiers?
Each year, thousands of young immigrants and volunteers arrive in Israel alone, to join the Israel Defense Forces and do their part protecting Israel and the Jewish people. They are heroes on a unique mission. They give of themselves for the benefit of the State of Israel and serve as role models and links to Israel for Jews around the world.
For Lone Soldiers By Lone Soldiers
“Lone Soldiers” serve in the IDF while their parents and loved ones remain at home, thousands of miles away. Drafting for and serving in the IDF can be a difficult task at times, and many lone soldiers are in dire need of guidance, support and community.
The Lone Soldier Center steps in by providing lone soldiers with a network of lone soldiers, advisors, adopted families and more. Our volunteer staff members have served as lone soldiers themselves and therefore possess a unique understanding of what lone soldiers truly want and need before, during and following their army service. Our intrinsic connection to the lone soldier community has enabled us to develop personal relationships with thousands of lone soldiers to date.
Now known as American Friends of Magen David Adom with its National Headquarters in New York City, the organization is celebrating its 71st year of supporting the vital work of MDA in Israel.
In 1940, a dedicated and concerned group of Americans realized the importance of Magen David Adom in Palestine, which was officially chartered and recognized as an emergency lifesaving service as a result of the murderous riots of 1929, when Jewish farming and urban settlements were attacked by the Arab population. Under the auspices of the B’nai Zion organization, and, particularly, the leadership of Herman Z. Quittman and Dr. Harris Levine, “American Red Magen David for Israel (ARMDI)” was incorporated in the State of New York to give medical assistance to the people of Israel (then Palestine).
Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing and alleviating hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.
MAZON, which means “food” or “sustenance” in Hebrew, was the first national organization to rally the American Jewish community around the issue of hunger, and remains the only national Jewish organization dedicated exclusively to that same cause. MAZON recognizes the importance of both responding to hungry peoples’ immediate need for nutrition and sustenance and working to develop and advance long-term solutions. We practice and promote a holistic approach to ending hunger, as demonstrated through our three interrelated strategies: advocacy & education, partnership grants and strategic initiatives. This approach symbolizes our desire to embody twin Jewish ideals: tzedakah andtikkun olam.
AJWS was established in Boston on May 1, 1985 when Larry Phillips and Larry Simon, together with a group of rabbis, Jewish communal leaders, activists, businesspeople, scholars and others came together to create the first American Jewish organization dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among people across the globe.
Chai Lifeline’s guiding principles are
- That seriously ill children need and deserve as happy and normal a childhood as possible;
- That illness affects each member of the family;
- That the well-being of an ill child is impacted by the well-being of his or her family;
- That pediatric illness can have a devastating financial effect on families.
With this in mind, Chai Lifeline strives to
- Find ways to bring joy to the lives of our young patients and their families through creative, innovative, and effective family-centered programs, activities, and services;
- Engender hope and optimism in children, families, and communities;
- Educate and involve communities in caring for ill children and their families;
- Provide unparalleled support throughout the child’s illness, recovery, and beyond;
- Offer all services free of charge to ensure that every family has access to the programs it needs;
- Embody the ideals of compassion, kindness, and caring for others inherent in Jewish culture and life.
Local Jewish Organizations
Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) has been a vital part of the Jacksonville Community since 1917, lending a helping hand to people from all walks of life. JFCS was founded in 1917 as United Jewish Charities, and was known for assisting people in need with food and emergency shelter. The Agency is a charter member of United Way, having joined the organization when it was established in 1924 as the Community Chest. In 1949, we became the only licensed Jewish child-placing agency in the country, placing our first child for adoption in 1951. In 2001, JFCS collaborated with the Boys Home Association to form Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., the lead agency for the administration of child protection services in Duval & Nassau Counties. In 2003, JFCS began providing a range of community-based child protection services. In 2005, we achieved national accreditation through the Council on Accreditation for Children & Family Services.
Partnering with area synagogues and Jewish organizations, and funded in part by the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville, JHN is committed to fulfilling the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim, visiting the sick. Following Jewish tradition, Bikkur Cholim is an expression of both responsibility and loving kindness.
River Garden Hebrew Home is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, 180 bed skilled care nursing home offering programs in Traditional Long-Term Care, Short Stay Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Care,Alzheimer’s/Dementia Care, Respite Care and End of Life Care.
All care programs include personalized nursing and medical care by our Interdisciplinary Team; assistance with daily living activities; stimulating social, cultural and recreational activities and programs to strengthen functional abilities.
The Coves is an independent living retirement community consisting of 80 garden apartment homes. Here you will find gracious residences, fine services, and clubhouse living. Nestled on 35 beautiful acres, members of The Coves enjoy a lovely environment that offers comfort, security and maintenance-free living. With access to superior amenities and services, you will enjoy the lifestyle you deserve at a price you can afford.
Malevi Washington Foundation – contact person – Terri Florio
The mission of the MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation is to develop champions in classrooms, on tennis courts and throughout communities. The MaliVai Washington Youth Center at Emmett Reed Park is a $3 million facility complete with 8 tennis courts, 3 mini courts, a basketball court, library, classrooms, teen room, multi-media center, fitness room, kitchen, as well as MWKF administrative offices. MWKF launched its flagship program, TnT (Tennis-n-Tutoring) in 2000. Today, TnT’s attendance has grown to nearly 150 youth. TnT is an after-school youth development program which offers free homework assistance, tennis lessons, and life skills classes to Jacksonville’s underserved youth. MWKF also offers competitive tennis programs, a summer camp and community partnerships and programs through the MaliVai Washington Youth Center.
Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Jacksonville supports the health and well-being of children by providing lodging and other services for critically ill, chronically ill and seriously injured children and their families.
Beauclerc Elementary School
For over 100 years, the Clara White Mission has helped Jacksonville’s at-risk individuals gain new perspectives on life. The Mission has been the one-stop community center stimulating economic development through job training in educational programs, daily feedings, advancement and more.
We are Northeast Florida’s only provider of comprehensive services for homeless men, women and children.We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.We serve nutritious meals and offer safe shelter. But that is just the beginning. We provide outstanding health care and high-quality children’s programs. Our job placement assistance and life skills programs equip men and women for employment and for success. We offer something simple, but important—hope.
The mission of Second Harvest North Florida is to distribute food and grocery products to hungry people and to educate the public about the causes and possible solutions to problems of domestic hunger.
One dollar donated to Second Harvest generates seven meals, or the equivalent of two days of food for a person in need. By establishing relationships with large food suppliers like ConAgra and retail partners like Wal-Mart, Winn-Dixie, Publix, BJs and Target, Second Harvest is able to rescue an enormous volume of food and stretch each dollar incredibly far. And because of our lean staff and the generosity of our volunteers, more of every donation goes directly to our programs — not to overhead.
Mt Hermon Exceptional Childcare Center
Greyhounds as Pets of Northeast Florida is a non profit corporation which provides a unique opportunity to adopt and enjoy the loving companionship of this versatile breed as a pet.
Greyhounds are placed in the Greyhounds as Pets adoption center by their racing kennels for many reasons. Some have completed their racing careers and are not selected to be bred or returned to their owners. Others may have minor injuries or racing habits that keep them from competition. They are usually between two and five years old.
The Boselli Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to help children living in at-risk neighborhoods on the Northside of Jacksonville. Established in 2007 by Angi and Tony Boselli, the Youth Life Learning Centers (YLLC) focus on providing children with limited financial resources a holistic, comprehensive, after-school learning environment.
The YLLC(s) currently concentrate on elementary school children and have students enrolled up to the sixth grade. Children are provided academic enrichment and remedial education in the areas of reading, language arts and mathematics, supplemental services, mentoring and character development.
Safe Animal Shelter is Clay County’s oldest no-kill shelter, created for the purpose of preserving and providing quality of life for lost, abandoned, abused and unwanted pets. The first facility opened in Orange Park in the summer of 1991 and continued to operate at that location until moving to a new facility in Middleburg, December 6, 2003. Since its inception, Safe Animal Shelter has provided loving care to over 11,000 cats and dogs until adopted into forever homes.
Waste Not Want Not, a volunteer-based group, exists to prevent the discarding of items that can be used to fight hunger and poverty in our community. We do this by rescuing food daily from numerous sources for distribution to local charitable organizations, and through other cost-effective, volunteer-driven initiatives.
Since 1914, the Northeast Florida Chapter has helped countless people throughout our ten county area; your neighbors, your friends, your family. Whether it’s lifesaving training, emergency preparedness or help with immediate needs following a disaster, the Red Cross is here waiting to lend a helping hand to make a stronger, safer community.
The American Red Cross was first present in Jacksonville to provide relief during the Great Fire of 1901 that destroyed most of the downtown area. Thirteen years later, on March 20, 1914, the Jacksonville Chapter of the American Red Cross was chartered by President Woodrow Wilson. The first chairman of the chapter, Waldo Cummer, was quickly involved in coordinating Northeast Florida relief efforts for refugees and other victims of World War I. Then as now, the chapter’s focused areas of service were health and safety training, emergency services and support of the Armed Forces and their families, as well as disaster preparedness and relief.
Established in 1979, Community Hospice of Northeast Florida is the first and only community-based, nonprofit hospice provider to serve residents of the First Coast.
Each day, through the support of nearly 850 employees and 800 volunteers, the organization helps approximately 1,200 patients and their families live better with advanced illness. No one is ever denied care due to an inability to pay.
Since our beginning, Community Hospice has served more than 76,000 adults and children in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties — at home, in long term care and assisted living facilities, in hospitals and at its five inpatient care centers.
Community Hospice FoundationSM generates philanthropic and community support for patient care services, family needs and community programs, such as Community PedsCare®, a nationally recognized pediatric palliative and hospice program.
Since 1984, more than 2,700 dreams have come true for children battling life-threatening illnesses in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia. There is so much more to be done. Please take a moment to celebrate the joy of life. Joy comes to dreamers in many forms: Swimming with dolphins, shopping trips, meeting celebrities, catching blue marlins or seeing the volcanoes in Hawaii. Having a dream fulfilled gives a child a sense of hope and creates memories of a lifetime for the child and family.
Give Kids The World is a non-profit organization that exists only to fulfill the wishes of all children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to the Central Florida attractions, and to enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village for as long as there is a need.
Over 115,000 children have had their dream come true at Give Kids The World. No child in need has ever been turned away – and no child ever will. Give Kids The World is a place where families find joy, laughter, serenity, and a lifetime of memories. Through the tireless support of our volunteers, employees and generous partners, we dedicate each and every day to these special families.