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Mitzvah Day 2017

Mitzvamitzvah-day-logoh Day is Sunday, May 21

We will begin the day at 9:00 am in the David Silverman Social Hall with breakfast, songs with our Shir Kids Youth Choir, and a send off by our clergy. Volunteer your time and be a Mitzvah Maker! Projects fill quickly- Register NOW to participate in your first choice project!

PLEASE SELECT THE BUTTON BELOW THAT CORRESPONDS WITH THE PROJECT TYPE THAT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOU/YOUR FAMILY.


OPEN TO ALL AGES (FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN TOO)

CAMP MINDY CLEAN UP
Camp is just around the corner!  Let’s help out by cleaning up and getting things ready for summer.  Wear old clothes and please bring buckets, brushes, and old rags.
Captain: Emily Chatham
Max: 16
Location on MD:  Camp Mindy

HEBREW CEMETERY – Visit this sacred place and learn about the Mitzvot and traditions for burying and honoring the deceased. We will be removing moss and mildew from headstones and doing general grounds cleanup.   The cemetery is peaceful, and children truly love this project. Please consider bringing them.
What to bring: a bucket, a stiff brush, LOTS of old rags, gardening gloves, rakes, gardening shears for bush trimming, lawn bags, and mild dish detergent.
Captain: Jill Lipson
Max: 25
Location on MD:  Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Ave, Clt, NC 28206

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES- THIS PROJECT IS FULL
We will be putting together Food Pantry Recipe Bags for JFS Clients. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry.  Volunteers will pull items from the JFS Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards.
Captain: Tracey Adams
Max: 15
Location on MD:  On Campus

JOY OF SOX
We will be creating toiletries kits for the men’s shelters in Charlotte.  Help us stuff men’s athletic socks with travel-sized toiletries and a handmade card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.
Captain: Megan Diamond
Max: 35
Location:  On Campus

KEEP CHARLOTTE BEAUTIFUL
Participants will partner with Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) to join in a community wide road and rail clean-up in NODA charlottes historic art district. KCB inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment.  This board is responsible for city road adoptions, the great American clean-up, and gives out beautification grants each year.   The day will begin at Behailu Academy which is a free arts based academy for low income students. They have a parking lot behind there building that participants can use during the clean-up.  Along with Keep Charlotte Beautiful board members Mitzvah Day participants will meet up with Behailu academy students and NODA community members and businesses.    Invitations to this event have also been put out to city council members and the mayors office and we hope to have some representative from the city. Water, snacks, and coffee will be provided as well as gloves, bags, and trash pinchers for clean-up. This project will be the first of what Keep Charlotte Beautiful hopes will be the start of many more environmental and beautification project to come in the next year.  Our vision is that NODA can be an example for neighborhood projects across Charlotte and that Temple Beth El members will continue to partner with us in years to come.
Captain: Jonathan Thull
Ages:  All ages
Max:  20
Location: NoDa Area

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL- THIS PROJECT IS FULL
We will be making care packages for new patients that include activities and a lovely handmade get well card.  We will also be making banners.
Captains: Cheryl Ross and Michelle Siegel
Max: 25
Location on MD:  On Campus

SALVATION ARMY CENTER FOR HOPE- THIS PROJECT IS FULL
We will be preparing snack bags for the child residents at the Salvation Army Center for Hope.
Captains: Katrina Nichols and Naomi McRary
Max: 15
Location on MD: On Campus

STERLING ELEMENTARY PROJECT #3 – SUMMER FUN PACKS
We will be putting together summer fun packs for the students at Sterling Elementary, a high poverty school.
Captain: Jodi Greenwald
Max: 60
Location on MD: Gorelick Hall, JCC

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street-neighbor.
Captain:  Patty Torcellini
Max:  no max
Location on MD:  Sunrise Assisted Living 5114 Providence Rd, Charlotte

SCHOOL AGE & PARENTS: AGES 5+

A CHILD’S PLACE- THIS PROJECT IS FULL
Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk for experiencing hunger. Help us pack 500 snack bags that will be distributed to children at A Child’s Place and then taken home after school.
Captains: Angie Zimmern and Laura Philipson
Ages 5+
Max: 18
Location on MD: On Campus

THE SAFE ALLIANCE
Help us organize collected items for the women’s shelter. We will be making cards and a gift item for the women as well.
Captains: Crystal Katz and Susan Schwartz
Ages 5+
Max: 12
Location on MD: On Campus

BOOK BAGS FOR FREEDOM SCHOOL SCHOLARS
Shalom Park Freedom School brings 80 low income CMS students to Shalom Park each summer for a six week literacy-based camp. We will be making book bags out of t-shirts that the Freedom School Scholars can use to carry their library books.
Captains: Lisa Garfinkle and Marcia Stern
Ages 8+
Max:  30
Location:  On Campus

BRIGHT BLESSINGS
Tour Bright Blessings’ new facility, The Giving Village, and help with projects that bring joy and support to local homeless children.  Projects may include filling goodie bags, wrapping presents, creating birthday party kits, labeling books, filling gift bags, or putting together comfort/care kits.
Captains: Lisa Vogel and Michelle Smolowitz
Ages 5 +
Max:  50
Location:  Bright Blessings, 1150-C Crews Road, Matthews, North Carolina 28105

CHARLOTTE GREEN
Charlotte Green is an organization that works with inner-city residents to develop and sustain community gardens. We will be painting benches, weeding, and raking. Help beautify the common area for the community garden.  Please bring garden gloves, paint brushes, and paint rollers (if you have them), and a rake if you don’t want to paint. Label your gear. We will supply water, snacks, and paint.  Don’t forget the sunscreen.
Captain: Randie Fitzgerald
Ages:  7+
Max:  20
Location on MD: Wilmore Community Center Garden – 1808 South Mint, Charlotte

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL – We will decorate pillowcases to be sent to the children at Hemby Children’s Hospital.  Cards will be made and placed inside to let the recipients know we care.
Captains:  Jody Isralow and Illyssa Rubenstein
Ages:  6+
Max:  25
Location: On Campus

LOAVES AND FISHES
Loaves & Fishes is a nonprofit, non-denominational organization, founded and operated by local religious congregations and community organizations.  This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County.  Come to the warehouse to help us restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed.
Captain:  Shannon Alpert
Ages: 6+
Max: 30 (2 teams of 15)
Location: Loaves and Fishes, Fordham Park, 648B Griffith Road, Charlotte, NC 28217

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE – THIS PROJECT IS CANCELLED
In times of medical crisis, it is traditional for friends and neighbors to offer shelter and support for loved ones. Guests of the Ronald McDonald House are families who are experiencing the incredible stress of having a seriously ill or injured child who are without the comfort of being in their own homes and neighborhoods.  We invite you to share the gift of comfort with these families by making Ronald McDonald House a true “home away from home.”  We will be the cleaning crew for this project.
Captain:  Talya Tateo
Ages: 10+
Max: 16
Location on MD: Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte, 1613 E. Morehead St. Charlotte, NC 28207

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mitzvah Day participants will be tending to basic garden needs in the Shalom Park Community Garden and possibly other gardens on campus. No need to be an experienced gardener! Please come out and enjoy the campus garden spaces and help keep them beautiful and productive.
Captains: Bobbie Mabe and Candice Serbin
Ages 9+
Max:  15
Location:  Community Garden on campus

STERLING ELEMENTARY PROJECT #1 – SPRUCE UP
Come to Sterling Elementary and help get the gym, library, and art room cleaned up for summer and prepared for next year. We will also do grounds clean up.
Captain: Kim Wilkoff
Ages  8+.
Max: 20
Location on MD:  Sterling Elementary – 9701 China Grove Church Rd, Pineville, NC 28134

STOP HUNGER NOW
Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief agency that has been fulfilling its commitment to end hunger for more than 15 years. Since 1998, the organization has coordinated the distribution of food and other lifesaving aid to children and families in countries all over the world.  We will go to the warehouse to clean. We will also package meals if needed.
Captains: Whitney and Mitchell Feld
Ages: 8+
Max: 30
Location: 10825-B Texland Blvd Charlotte, NC 28273

TEENS & ADULTS: 12+

THE SAFE ALLIANCE (GARDENING)
The shelter provides a place of safety for women physically and emotionally abused by their partners.  Join Sisterhood and bring your gardening tools to help plant flowers and spruce up the grounds around the shelter.  Project will be held rain or shine.  For those who need to stay out of the rain, we will have pots under the covered walkway areas to plant flowers.
Captain:  Chris Schuller
Ages 13+
Max: 12
Location on MD:  Off-Site – near South End (Captain Chris Schuller will contact you to give you the exact address prior to May 21)

FREEDOM SCHOOL PREPARATIONS
Help Freedom School Partners prepare for the upcoming summer camps.  We will be putting together first aid kits for the various Charlotte-area Freedom Schools.
Captain: Liz Morgan
Ages:  12+
Max: 10
Location on MD:  1030 Arosa Ave, Charlotte, NC 28203

GREEN STEM – After a short Torah study, we’ll look at the data about eWaste amd the digital divide, and take actual electronic waste from our partner company, all Green Recycling, and rebuild it into usable computers for local families at synagogue-supported schools.
Captain:  James Walker
Ages 13+
Max: 20
Location: On Campus

HOSPITALITY HOUSE OF CHARLOTTE
Join Brotherhood as they complete several tasks at the Hospitality House of Charlotte.  Part of the group will be preparing and serving lunch for approximately 30 people as well as cleaning up afterwards. Other participants will be assisting with landscaping and related projects. Additional projects include cleaning and preparing goodie bags.  Participants do not need to pre-register with Hospitality House, but they must register on this online form.
Captain:  Bobby Pesakoff
Ages: 12+ (with parent or guardian)
Max: 25
Location on MD:  1400 Scott Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28203

RECYCLING GREEN TEAM
Mitzvah Day leaves a lot of recyclable materials in its wake… Join the GREEN TEAM and gather these materials from the projects sites on the Park to recycle them.
Captain: Alex Olinger
Ages:  12+
Max:  8
Location on MD:  On Campus

ITEM DONATIONS AND RECYCLING

DONATE USED CELL PHONES
For victims of domestic violence, unwanted cell phones will be reprogrammed to call 911 and used in the event of an emergency by clients of Safe Alliance’s Victim Assistance Program. Drop off phone (in a bag with charger if you have one) at TBE Reception Desk. Captain: Marsha Stickler

ELECTRONICS RECYCLING
Recycling of electronic equipment of all types is critical given some of the potential pollutants that are used in their manufacturing. We will be collecting old equipment and ensuring earth-friendly disposal. Bring your items to the truck parked out in front of the temple. Captain: John Dabels

ROOM IN THE INN
Room in the Inn provides shelter and food for homeless people during the winter months. The guests that join us at TBE are in need of clean, gently worn winter coats/jackets, hats, gloves, and new tube socks. Please consider donating any outgrown or unwanted winter gear. Bring items to the lobby of TBE on or before May 21. Contact Patty Torcellini for more information.

DONATE GIFT CARDS OR HELP PICK UP ITEMS
1) Donate HIGH NEEDS items for projects: Gift Cards – WalMart, Target, Home Depot, Lowes, Harris Teeter and/or Kosher Snacks for Freedom School– individually wrapped and no nuts please. Purchase and send WalMart gift cards here.
2) Shleppers needed! Are you available to help pick up donated items? In the week leading up to Mitzvah Day, we need help picking up donated items. Please contact Lisa Moreland  to help with this important role.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DONATIONS

GRADE LEVEL CONTRIBUTIONS

Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade – Sterling Elementary
TOYS- We are collecting small, new toys like jump ropes, frisbees, nerf balls, sidewalk chalk, crayons, coloring books, yo-yos, cards, games, hacky sacks, water toys, etc. to go to Sterling Elementary School. We need 775 toys to go in the summer fun packs for Sterling Elementary.

Fourth Grade – The Safe Alliance (Formerly The Battered Women’s Shelter) 
We are collecting art supplies and snacks for 50 adults.
Art Supplies: Paint brushes, water color paints, colored pencils, markers, glue, adult coloring books, sketch pads, craft kits, etc.
Snacks – Granola bars, protein bars, apple sauce, cracker packs, etc.

Fifth Grade – Levine Children’s Hospital
We are collecting new items for get well bags to be distributed to 50+ patients in Levine Children’s Hospital. Crayons, washable markers,colored pencils, stickers, play dough, glue sticks, Model Magic, decks of cards, activity books, coloring books, white pillow cases, fabric markers, etc.

Sixth Grade – Salvation Army Center for Hope  
This year we plan to feed 120 of our hungry neighbors at the Salvation Army.
120 of each item: Fruit cups, juice boxes, cookies packs, small waters

Seventh Grade
Students whose last name ends with the letter A-M – Sterling Elementary School
TOYS- We are collecting small, new toys like jump ropes, frisbees, nerf balls, sidewalk chalk, crayons, coloring books, yo-yos, cards, games, hacky sacks, water toys, etc. to go to Sterling Elementary School. We need 775 toys to go in the summer fun packs for Sterling Elementary.
Gift cards from Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart
Students whose last name ends with the letter N-Z Salvation Army Center for Hope
This year we plan to feed 120 of our hungry neighbors at the Salvation Army.
120 of each item: Fruit cups, juice boxes, cookies packs, small waters

ALL FAMILIES – It’s Time to purge the book shelves!!!
BOOKS– We are collecting gently used and new books that are age appropriate for pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. We need 775 books so that we can include a book in the summer fun packs we send home with every student at Sterling Elementary School.

Join the Religious School for Mitzvah Day and make a difference locally and globally.
Both sessions of Religious School will join together for this special event.

No Regular Classes – All students will participate in Mitzvah Day with their families.
Parents must arrive with their children at the David Silverman Social Hall at 9:00 AM for breakfast and opening ceremonies. You may sign up for any project that is age appropriate for your children. Parent participation is required and parents must remain with their children during all Mitzvah Day projects. Projects will last between 2 & 3 hours.
Mitzvah Day is an important part of the Religious School experience!