Sunday, January 16, 2022

*Please see organizations’ websites for activities on Sunday, January 16 and Monday, January 17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)


Welcome to our virtual Community Mitzvah Day 2022!
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.

 

Provided below are some examples of mitzvah projects and organizations that need your help. Join us from the comfort of your own home (or depending on the project, some may be in person) to help meet the needs of our community agencies and synagogues.

Rabbi Nathan Weiner

Community Mitzvah Day 2022 Commentary

You may participate in one of several ways:
 

  • 50 students will prepare Chemo Comfort bags from supplies donated from our community partners listed on the bottom of this page. These bags will benefit cancer patients at local hospitals. See our site or contact one of our community partners for more information on how you can contribute.
     

  • Miller-Keystone will be holding a blood drive at the Katz JCC from 8 AM - 2 PM on January 16. Pre-registration is required. We must have a minimum of 25 people signed up by mid-December to reserve this day.
     

  • Please join us from the comfort of your own home to help with various mitzvah collections and projects listed below as sponsored by local area synagogues and Jewish day schools.

Adath Emanu-El

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 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 kfedrph@msn.com or visit adathemanuel.com

 

Bnai 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 backgrounds. Please join us this Mitzvah Day to help alleviate hunger by donating tuna, mayonnaise, jelly, cereal, marinara sauce (plastic jars preferred) and soup. 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 from Friday, January 14 - Sunday, January 16 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. All items benefit Peter’s Pantry. For more information, contact Wendy Marder at Wendy.Marder@cbtbi.org  or 856-589-6550.

 

BookSmiles

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 booksmiles.org

 

Katz JCC

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. Please fill out the form using this link: jcccampsatmedford.org/donate For more information contact Sara Sideman at ssideman@jfedsnj.org or 856-424-4444 x1089 or visit katzjcc.org

 

Kellman Brown Academy

Kellman Brown Academy (KBA), an accredited, community Jewish day school, for students 18 months-8th grade, aims to inspire young minds through academic excellence to aim high, think creatively, and embrace Jewish values. Our welcoming community embraces families from across the spectrum of Jewish commitment and observance, making for a very diverse stimulating environment. KBA families will be participating in Mitzvah projects offered at our school on Monday, January 17, as well as collecting 250 individually wrapped hard candies (lemon or ginger flavored) that we will be donating to the CMD 2022 Chemo bags. Candies may be dropped off at KBA's front desk during school hours until January 10th labeled for Shira Weinstein CMD 2022 Candy Collection. If you have any questions, please email sweinstein@kellmanbrownacademy.org or call 856-679-2929 x1711.

 

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 the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). 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 moorestownjewish@gmail.com or visit moorestownjewishassociation.org

 

Nafshenu

Nafshenu is a dynamic local Jewish community that exists to nurture each soul to develop a healthy spiritual life; connect through engaging and experiential learning opportunities; fulfill the Jewish mandate to pursue social justice; and to create an organic and authentic community connecting souls to each other. Please join us this Mitzvah Day as we come together to donate in-demand food items for Cathedral Kitchen, an emergency food provider based in Camden, New Jersey. We are accepting donations of the following non-perishable food items (think health-conscious, snack-sized packages): granola bars, trail mix, peanuts, cereal bars, chips, pretzels, etc. Drop off for donations will be on Sunday, January 15th from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Flashtax - 1790 Route 70 E., Cherry Hill NJ, 08003. There will be a collection box located outside the front entrance. If you cannot make the above time but would still like to make a donation, please contact our team at info@nafshenu.org to schedule an alternative dropoff or pickup. For more information, visit us online at nafshenu.org

 

PJ Library

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 jewishsouthjersey.org/cardsofcaring or contact Iris Snyder at pjlibrary@jfedsnj.org

 

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 donating food. 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 17, 2022 from 10 AM to 1 PM. Please note our NEW pantry location: 6 East Miami Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034 (corner of East Miami Avenue and Kings Highway). Click here to view our most needed items. Masks are required when dropping off donations. Questions? Please contact Donna Broecker at dbroecker@jfedsnj.org or 856-818-3604 or visit us at jfcssnj.org

 

Temple Emanuel

Temple Emanuel is a diverse, welcoming, Reform synagogue dedicated to spirituality, Jewish education, and social responsibility. Join us on Sunday, January 16 to provide the following items to those in need: Donate gently used or new children's or grown-up's books that will go to BookSmiles. BookSmiles provides students and younger siblings with high-quality new or gently used books.  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. Also, we will be collecting previously designed bookmarks that will go to senior citizens in long-term care faculties.  Bins will be available from 9 AM to 11 AM outside of Temple Emanuel located at 1100 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill. For more information and for other projects, please, visit: templeemanuel.org/tikkun-olam or contact Philip Wasdick at horley2@comcast.net or Robin Rubin at robinrubinmiller@gmail.com or 609-685-1819.

Special thanks to these community partners.