G’milut Hasadim — Mitzvah Project

Every student is required to do a mitzvah project. This can take many forms: volunteering for an organization, collecting money for a cause or creating a program to help meet a need in our community. Whatever the project, it should be close to the student’s heart. A good mitzvah project engages the student’s interest while providing the priceless feeling of making a difference. Below are some resources to help you find a suitable project.

Students will begin discussing their mitzvah project in the meeting with a rabbi at the start of the bar/bat mitzvah year, and they check in with the rabbis during the process of writing their Dvar Torah. If you have any questions, please be in touch with Rabbi Ethan Witkovsky, who is happy to provide guidance and support. He is available at ewitkovsky@pasyn.org and 212-369-2600, x. 123.

UJA-Federation: Give a Mitzvah - Do a Mitzvah
The Give a Mitzvah–Do a Mitzvah program enables bar and bat mitzvah students to create their own unique mitzvah project that connects their interests and hobbies to UJA-Federation of New York’s work around the world. Alongside a UJA-Federation mitzvah coordinator, participants brainstorm individual projects and then contribute their time, energy, and a portion (or all) of their gifts to this special mitzvah project.

Visit ujafedny.org for more information or contact our UJA "Give A Mitzvah" representative - Nicole Fleishman at fleishmann@ujafedny.org

Park Avenue Synagogue Food Pantry
The Food Pantry is a 30-year-old program at PAS, coordinated and run entirely by teens. Volunteers meet on Wednesday afternoons to prepare food packages. On Friday afternoons they distribute packages to hundreds of local families in need.

Contact Niki Fleishman, Director of Youth Programming & Engagement at nfleishman@pasyn.org for more information.