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Mitzvah Project Ideas

Volunteer Opportunities exist in many categories. Below are just a small sample of ideas. Start by determining how you would like to make a difference, then create a project that has personal meaning for you and your family. 
Mazon- Food Insecurity 
Organization: Beth Sholom Merow Family Mitzvah Food Pantry. Help to stock shelves, organize food donations for distribution or create a fundraiser doing something you love to raise monetary donations. Contact info: 
Organization: Jewish Relief Agency Warehouse in Northeast Philadelphia 
One Sunday a month pack and/or deliver food boxes to those with food insecurities in different sections of Philadelphia 
Contact info: 
Organization: Philabundance, Jewish Family Services food pantry, and Sunday Mission Breakfast 
Volunteer at various homeless shelters. 
Contact info: Philabundance (215-339-0900); Jewish Family Services Food Pantry (609-822-1108); Sunday Mission Breakfast (877) 306-HOME 
Organization: Penn Hillel’s Soup Kitchen 
Volunteer to set up, feed and interact with guests. Prepare food to go. 
Organization: University City Hospitality Coalition 
Volunteers needed to help serve meals at multiple sites in University City. 
Organization: Saint John’s Hospice (1221 Race St) 
Make food to be distributed to the homeless population. Can be as simple as PB and J Sandwiches
Hachnasat Orchim -Welcoming the Stranger  
Organization: Philly Friendship Circle 
Participate in their MVP program designed for young teens teaching them about inclusion. Spend Sunday afternoons gathering where teens are paired with children/teens with special needs to play together and develop friendships. 
Contact info: 
Organization: The Mitzvah Circle Host a clothing collection drive, sort donations in the warehouse, create packages for those in need. Contact info: 
Organization: JFCS-Jewish Family & Children’s Services Volunteer opportunities include grocery delivery, clothing drives, virtual volunteering and building relationships with seniors.                                                                                      
Organization: Cradles to Crayons  Cradles to Crayons is working to mitigate clothing insecurity in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Participate in hands on processing of goods that are donated, making them ready to distribute directly to children in need.                               
Organization: HIAS PA 
Make welcome basket, make basic needs baskets, create a fundraiser doing something you love to raise donation money. 
Contact info: 
Organization: Reach Out and Read (ROR) 
Collect books to donate to hospitals and other organizations.
Bikur Cholim-Caring for the Sick 
Organization: The Jared Box Project                                                                                                                 
Give the gift of play by putting together boxes that will be donated to children in the hospital. 
Contact info: 
Organization: Sara Smiles Foundation The charity creates Inspiration Kits to be sent to kids in the hospital. Set up an inspiration station to create notes for the kits or have a fundraiser for monetary donations
Contact info: 
Kibud Zekanim - Honoring Our Elders 
Organization: The NORC (Naturally Occurring Retirement Community)                                                                                                                              
Participate in projects run through this JCFS agency to deliver food, complete projects for seniors and build relationships with clients.                                                                                           
Ahavat Ha’Aretz -Stewardship of the Planet Earth 
Organization: Jewish National Fund Create a fundraiser doing something you love to raise money to plant trees in Israel.
Contact Info: 
Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim - Caring for Animals  
Organization: Thorncroft Equestrian Center 
A center that provides riding lessons for people with special needs. Must be 13 years old to volunteer in person. 
Contact info:; (610) 644.1963 
Organization: Israel Guide Dog Create a fundraiser doing something you love to raise money for the Guide Dogs
Love to sing, contact senior centers about entertaining residents. Love to knit, make hats for cancer patients and donate to local hospitals. Love to dance, collect gently used shoes and costumes to donate to organizations and schools. Love to run, host a 5K and donate proceeds to a charity of your choice. Choosing a project that reflects your passions will make your mitzvah project even more meaningful.
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Mitzvah Project Ideas

JRA INFORMATION JRA loves groups! Our packing shifts are really great for groups to participate together while doing something great for our community. The packing shifts include taping boxes, packing Family Friendly bags, toiletry items, and packing boxes of food to be delivered to families in need. Weekday packing shifts take place from 10 AM - 12 PM on Thursday and Friday (one week a month) and on Sunday mornings during our main Food Distribution at 10 AM. Another great option is to deliver food to our community members. JRA delivers to a number of apartment complexes, so your group members can arrive individually but still deliver together. Delivery takes place during our Sunday Food Distribution from 9 AM - 2 PM and on the Monday and Tuesday that follows from 9 AM - 2 PM. Please refer to our Calendar page for the volunteer schedule. Sign up your school, camp, youth group, or corporate group by emailing our Volunteer Program Manager, Jenny Rubin, at A group of people in a room Description automatically generated with low confidence










B'NAI MITZVAH PROGRAM Passionate about social justice? Want to help those in need? Want a hands-on but socially distant community service experience? Then a JRA B'nai Mitzvah project is right for you! Through 10 hours of service, students can participate in the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Pack and/or deliver at 3 JRA Food Distributions.
  • Organize a kosher canned food or toiletry donation drive. 
  • Create artwork for JRA recipients. 
  • Customize your project for an even more meaningful and personal experience.
After completing your project, JRA will honor you with a certificate of completion and a t-shirt!
Ready to get signed-up? Email Jenny at


Participation in Remember Us is simple.
For Congregations and Educators:
If you would like to share the Remember Us program with others, please contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have
about how best to share the Holocaust Bnai Mitzvah Project with your students and Bnai Mitzvah.
Our program can be shared directly with families, or we can provide your Congregation with names to share with your members. 

For Families:
Fill out our name request form with information about the Mitzvah so we can help you with a name match.
We do accept special requests and will try to honor those as closely as possible.

There is no fee for participating. When requesting a name, please also consider making a donation to help bring this opportunity to another child.
Through the support of families like yours, more than 27,000 children have already participated.

To see the program materials:

If you would like more information
1112 Montana Ave
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Samara Hutman, Director
phone: 424-272-8656
Mon, May 23 2022 22 Iyyar 5782