Welcome to our virtual Community Mitzvah Day 2021! We may not be able to meet in person this year, but we can still all come together to perform mitzvot as a community. Please enjoy the opening ceremony (2-minute commentary) by Rabbi Nathan Weiner, the President of the Tri-County Board of Jewish Clergy. Our goal this year is to have a minimum of 613 volunteers register their pledge to complete one or more mitzvah projects for Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Provided below are some examples of mitzvah projects and organizations that need your help. Please join us from the comfort of your own home to help meet the needs of our community agencies and synagogues.
A message from Rabbi Nathan Weiner, President of the Tri-County Board of Jewish Clergy
Samost Jewish Family & Children’s Service
We help Jewish families and the community at large to successfully meet the challenges of daily life by providing quality, affordable, and accessible social services. The agency is guided by our values of caring for individuals with dignity and respect and helping people to help themselves. You can support our agency this Community Mitzvah Day weekend by either donating food or by purchasing a Soups and Sweets Cookbook. Food needs have increased substantially during this pandemic. Our Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries invite you to donate kosher non-perishable food items directly to our pantry on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The pantry is located 1309 West Route 70, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 (driveway entrance on Whitman Ave). Our most needed items include boxed milk, cereal, canned tomato products and sauce, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jelly, rice, snacks, canned fruit, and canned fish. Masks are required when dropping off donations. Questions? Please contact Donna Broecker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-818-3604. Support our Soups and Sweets culinary training program for individuals with special needs by purchasing a cookbook, while supplies last, at https://jfcssnj.org/cookbook/ Each book is $18 and all proceeds benefit special needs programming. For more information, please contact Terry Howell at email@example.com or visit us at https://jfcssnj.org/
Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey
The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey is committed to meeting the critical needs of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can help directly support individuals and families in need through the programs and services of the Jewish Federation and our family of agencies with your gift to the COVID-19 Response Fund. Thank you for your generosity during these unprecedented times.
BookSmiles, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, gives underserved children in Philadelphia and surrounding suburbs the opportunity to build personal libraries, starting at infancy. We focus on providing students and younger siblings with high-quality books, thereby laying the groundwork for great literacy skills before and during the elementary school years. We also provide educators, especially those serving Title I schools, with unlimited books for their classroom libraries as well as for their students' personal collections. We are looking for books (new or gently used). Books may be dropped at 1879 Old Cuthbert Road, unit 33, Cherry Hill, off Rte. 70 West, down the road from the Cherry Hill Racquet Club, across from Storm Master Gutters. There is a collection bin outside 24/7. For more information or to find other conveniently located donation stations, please visit www.booksmiles.org
Moorestown Jewish Association (MJA)
MJA facilitates opportunities to discover the vibrant Jewish community within our own hometown. MJA fosters relationships through innovative community-based Jewish experiences, such as holiday events, educational activities, and fun social gatherings for our friends and neighbors of all ages. MJA supports the greater Moorestown community through tikkun olam, interfaith initiatives, and community partnerships to promote the values of community and compassion. Please join us this Community Mitzvah Day by participating in our mitzvah project to make utensil packets for Cathedral Kitchen. You supply the contents: plastic knives, forks, spoons, napkins wrapped together and placed in Ziplock bags. For drop off locations or more information for this project and others, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.moorestownjewishassociation.org
Gift of Life
At Gift of Life we believe every person battling blood cancer deserves a second chance at life — and we are determined to make it happen. We are singularly passionate about engaging the public to help us get everyone involved in curing blood cancer, whether as a donor, a volunteer or a financial supporter. It all begins with one remarkable person, one life-changing swab and one huge win — finding a match and a cure. If you are between the ages of 18-35, please consider donating a cheek swap that could save a life. To order a kit for easy use at home, please visit www.giftoflife.org/dc/jfedsnj
PJ Library sends free Jewish children's books to families across the world every month. We know that something magical happens when parents sit down together to read with their children. PJ Library shares Jewish stories that can help your family talk together about values and traditions that are important to you. This Community Mitzvah Day join PJ Library in its Cards of Caring program to help deliver smiles to older adults in our community. For more information, please visit www.jewishsouthjersey.org/cardsofcaring or contact Iris Snyder at email@example.com
The Katz JCC is the home away from home for thousands of people in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties. We offer programs and services for little ones before they enter the world to older adults well into their 90s and everyone in between. Our vital programs for these individuals include but are not limited to infant and toddler care, after school enrichment programming, the largest weekday congregant meal program for older adults in Camden County and an inclusive environment with individuals with special needs. The JCC Camps at Medford, the largest day camp in North America, is a signature program of the Katz JCC. Our services and programs would not be possible without the generous support of our community. Please join us this mitzvah day by honoring a special person, event, milestone or simcha by sponsoring a Friendship Fence. For more information contact Brian Adler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 856-673-2583 or visit https://katzjcc.org/
B'nai Tikvah Beth Israel (CBTBI)
CBTBI is a vibrant, welcoming, egalitarian Jewish community. CBTBI is active in the community and participates in interfaith services and dialogue to promote harmonious relationships among people of all faiths and nationalities. Please join us this mitzvah day to help alleviate hunger by donating ready to eat individual snacks, jelly, canned tuna, canned chicken, toilet paper, and paper towels. Items may be dropped off at one of two locations: A collection box will be outside under the carport at CBTBI located at 115 East Holly Avenue, Sewell NJ 08080 from Friday, January 15th through Sunday, January 17th or you can drop off items in one of the two large bins on the front porch of Bethel Church, 481 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080. All items benefit Peters Pantry and Family Promise in Gloucester County. For more information, contact Wendy Marder at Wendy.Marder@cbtbi.org or 856-589-6550.
South Jersey Men's Club
South Jersey Men’s Club was established 1991 to serve the Jewish men of South Jersey with a men’s club that is not affiliated with any one synagogue or temple. The group does not identify as orthodox, conservative, or reform. The club supports religious, cultural and community involvement. Please join us to support StandWithUs by following them on social media, join them for their Festival of Lights International Live Virtual Gala: Standing Together Against Antisemitism on Jan. 30-31, or learn more at https://www.standwithus.com/ For more information, please contact David Schwarz at email@example.com or visit us at https://www.sjmclub.org/
Temple Emanuel is a diverse, welcoming, Reform synagogue dedicated to spirituality, Jewish education, and social responsibility. Join us on Sunday, January 17 to provide the following items to those in need: Donate used laptops to benefit children through Computer Smiles (https://www.computersmiles.org/ ), drop off No-Sew Throw Fleece Kits for the benefit of the Camden County Women’s Center, and donate non-perishable food items to benefit the Betsy & Peter Fischer Food Pantries. Bins will be available from 10 AM to 1 PM outside of Temple Emanuel located at 1100 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. For more information and for other projects, please visit https://www.templeemanuel.org/ or contact Philip Wasdick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Robin Rubin at email@example.com or 609-685-1819.
Temple Sinai is an egalitarian, Conservative synagogue in Burlington County, New Jersey committed to making the world a better place through Hachnasat Orchim, L’dor V’dor, and Kehillah. Please join us on Sunday, January 17 to fulfill mitzvot through one of the following ways: Donate blood for the American Red Cross from 9AM-2PM at Temple Sinai located at 2101 New Albany Road, Cinnaminson (appointments are preferred https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?zipSponsor=Temple%20Sinai ), donate black socks or premade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches bagged in Ziplock plastic bags to benefit Cathedral Kitchen in Camden, donate new coats of all sizes to benefit migrant farm workers living in NJ, or donate non-perishable food items for the benefit of Bread of Life Food Pantry in Palmyra, NJ. There will be bins outside from 9 AM to 2 PM. For more information please visit, http://www.templesinainj.com/#
Temple Beth Sholom
Temple Beth Sholom (TBS) is a Conservative Synagogue of 800+ families in Cherry Hill. TBS is the energy, warmth and spiritual meaning of a community connecting with one another and centuries of Jewish tradition. In conjunction with the Jewish War Veterans, TBS is collecting new or gently used, clean clothing for active-duty service people and their families. These donations will benefit members of the Fort Dix Army Base in Burlington, NJ as well as other surrounding military bases. A drop box will be located outside of TBS at 1901 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill. It will be available for donations all day on Sunday. For more information, please visit their website at https://www.tbsonline.org/ or reach out to Naomi Mirowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adath Emanu-El is a liberal but traditional Jewish community in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. From its very inception over 60 years ago, our synagogue has emphasized being an extended family, a congregational family. Even in the choice of name we are simply Adath Emanu-El - the community of Emanu-El. We are a congregation that supports a wide range of programs and activities for members of all ages. Our community is based on inclusiveness, where everyone is welcome, regardless of age, marital status, sexual orientation, a Jew by birth or by choice. Please join them to color pictures to benefit Color A Smile, which sends these pictures to senior citizens, our troops overseas or anyone that needs a smile. Go to https://link.edgepilot.com/s/d3c5585c/57Lzw3Z-uU_RYQqGn-A76w?u=http://www.colorasmile.org/ for specific directions regarding downloading and printing the pictures, coloring them, and how to mail them directly to the organization or drop off at Adath Emanu-El on Monday, January 18 between 12pm and 2pm. For more information, please contact Karen Federman-Ellner at email@example.com or visit www.adathemanuel.com.
Harvey and Marie Lermack
Janet G Moss
Laura Handel Schwartz
Laura Handel Schwartz
Marla, Harris and Rivi Jay
Lisa Freedman Enda
Jodi Lee Berman
Pamela S. Benedon
Rabbi Abby Michaleski
Ellen Goldberg Weiner Esq.
Rabbi Bryan Wexler
Dr. Benjamin Rosenblum
Michele Hasit Waxman
Stephanie & Aaron Krause
Rachael Ovitz & family
The Snyder Family
Cantor Evlyn Gould
Nancy R Lewis
Monday, January 18, 2021
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Please join any of the participating area synagogues, day schools, and Jewish organizations listed below to help with various projects as listed on their respective websites. Registration will be done by each participating organization. Times vary.