In the year prior to becoming b’nei mitzvah, a student is encouraged to participate in a significant mitzvah project or projects. Click here for your TBE Resource Guide to choosing a mitzvah project. Additional ideas for mitzvah projects and organizations are listed below. If your family would like additional guidance, please feel free to contact our Director of Congregational Learning.
- Deliver holiday food packages to Chicago Jewish families in need. Contact www.maotchitim.org.
- Collect food and clothing for underprivileged Jewish families. Contact www.arkchicago.org.
- Participate in “buddy baseball” or become part of the life of a Jewish young person with special needs. Contact www.keshet.org.
- Design a fundraiser and give the money to the scholarship fund at your favorite camp or children’s program.
- Collect new art supplies or games for a local children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House, www.rmhc.org.
- Use your skills or interests at a senior citizen home or assisted living facility. Give a concert or play cards, or do a magic show for the residents. Contact www.cje.net.
- Make blankets for those in need – hospice patients, cancer patients and other charitable organizations. Blanketed by Love helps organize and facilitate your project and distribute the blankets. Contact Joanne Gold at .
B’nei Mitzvah Project Spotlight
- Support TBE Religious School b’nei mitzvah student Carli Sloan’s mitzvah project! Carli is hand tie dying 3-ply cotton masks and selling them for $10 each. After tie dying them, she adds beads to the ear loops to make them adjustable in size for the perfect fit. All of the proceeds go to the organization Families Helping Families Chicagoland to help get school supplies and essential necessities to children in need. Since the children’s families aren’t able to afford the supplies they need, she decided to help change that so they are able have the essential necessities. Way to go Carli! Contact us to learn how you can support Carli’s mitzvah project and purchasing a mask.
- Support 7th grader Jacob Block who is collecting new and gently used shoes for Share Your Soles Foundation. To get the drop off address, please email Shaina Farwell.