Mitzvah Day 2018

Mitzvamitzvah-day-logoh Day is Sunday, May 6
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Join us at 8:30 am for a bagel breakfast – we’ll kick off at 9:00 am with opening ceremonies with our Shir Kids Youth Choir, then we’ll divide into groups to do our projects.

New this year: wrap up your day of good deeds with a Mitzvah Day Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the TBE Youth Engagement Committee! Stop by Temple Beth El anytime between 11:30 am – 1:00 pm to join in a casual picnic style celebration – with ice cream! Don’t forget your picnic blanket!

OPEN TO ALL AGES (FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN TOO)

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.
Captains: Thor and Bonnie Borreson
Max: 25
Location on MD:  Hebrew Cemetery, 1801 Statesville Ave, Clt, NC 28206

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JEWISH FAMILY SERVICES FOOD PANTRY RECIPE BAGS (go to Freedom School families)
We will be putting together food pantry recipe bags for students and their families for Freedom School. Volunteers will create recipe bags containing ingredients for a meal from the JFS Food Pantry. Volunteers will pull items from the Jewish Family Services (JFS) Food Pantry as needed for recipes, put them into bags decorated by volunteers, and attach recipe cards. If we have time, we will collect food from donation bins around the JCC, and sort them out back at the pantry.
Captains: Josh & Abby 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 hand-made card. This is the perfect project for families with young children.
Captain: Lisa & Quincey Moreland
Max: 35
Location:  On Campus

LEVINE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
We will be assembling gift bags of arts & crafts supplies that the kids can use to keep busy while in the hospital. We will also be decorating cards and writing messages of encouragement on them.
Captain: Michelle Siegel
Max: 25
Location on MD:  On Campus

SALVATION ARMY CENTER FOR HOPE
We will be preparing snack bags for the 120 children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children.
Captains: Katrina Nichols and Naomi McRary
Max: 15
Location on MD: On Campus

STERLING ELEMENTARY SUMMER FUN PACKS
Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. Together, we will be putting together summer fun packs for all 700+ students to take home with them at the end of the school year.
Captain: Jodi Greenwald & Robin Buckler
Max: 60
Location on MD: On Campus

SUNRISE ASSISTED LIVING
Sing songs and spend time with our across-the-street neighbors at Sunrise Assisted Living. We are always a favorite visit of the residents.
Captain:  Patty Torcellini
Max:  no max
Location on MD:  Sunrise Assisted Living 5114 Providence Rd, Charlotte

JCRI FIRST AID KITS
New refugee families often don’t know enough about basic first aid materials and wind up at Urgent Care unnecessarily. Help us assemble first aid kits to be distributed through Refugee Support Services as refugees move into their first American homes.
Captain: Linda Hindel
Max: 12
Location on MD:

SCHOOL AGE & PARENTS: AGES 5+

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A CHILD’S PLACE THIS PROJECT IS FULL!
Our aim is to provide snack bags for homeless children who are at risk of experiencing hunger to take home after school. Help us as we pack 500 snack bags to be distributed to children through A Child’s Place.
Captains: Angie Zimmern and Laura Philipson
Ages 5+   Max: 25   Location on MD: On Campus

HOPE HAVEN: SWEET DREAMS
We will decorate pillowcases, provide pillows, and make cards to let the recipients know we care. Hope Haven provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.
Captain: Marissa Brooks
Ages: 5+
Max: 25
Location on MD: On Campus

THE SAFE ALLIANCE HOME KITS
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: Alyson Grossman Traw
Ages 5+
Max: 12
Location on MD: On Campus

HEMBY CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
Make get well bags for children in the hospital.
Captains:  Susan Jacobs
Ages:  5+
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. Come to the warehouse to help us restock the shelves and lend a hand where needed! This organization helps to meet the needs of the growing hunger problem in Mecklenburg County. Volunteers must be at least 7 years old to participate. Thank you!
Captain:  Shannon Alpert
Ages: 7+
Max: 30 (2 teams of 15)
Location: Loaves and Fishes

SHALOM PARK COMMUNITY GARDEN
Mitzvah day participants will assist in cleaning and caring for the garden. This may include weeding, planting summer plants, harvesting (volunteers will divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting, etc.). Volunteers may want to bring gardening gloves. Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing.
Captains: Bobbie Mabe
Max:  15
Location:  Community Garden on campus

STERLING ELEMENTARY SPRUCE UP
Come to Sterling Elementary to help to spruce up the library and art room for summer and prepare those areas for use next year. We will also do grounds clean up. Bring your work gloves! Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school.
Captain: Kim Wilkoff
Ages:  8+
Max: 20
Location on MD:  Sterling Elementary – 9701 China Grove Church Rd, Pineville, NC 28134

JCRI REFUGEE LANDSCAPING PROJECT
Help a refugee family with needed landscaping projects. Projects may include weeding, mulching, planting, trimming shubbery, and a fencing project. Volunteers should bring their own gardening/work gloves and gardening tools (pruning shears, trowels, rakes, etc).
Captains: Bob Abroms & Amy Lefkof
Ages: 8+ with parental supervision
Max: 12-14
Location on MD: 3431 Eastway Dr (corner of Eastway and Woodland Dr.)

TEENS & ADULTS: 12+

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ALEXANDER YOUTH CARNIVAL
We will be hosting a carnival, with fun games, activities and crafts for 32 children, ages 5-14 at the Alexander Youth Network. The Alexander Youth Network provides a temporary home for children dealing with home life challenges and behavioral and emotional difficulties.
Captains: Andrea Cronson & Lisa Garfinkle
Ages: 15+
Max: 10
Location on MD: Alexander Youth Network, 6220 Thermal Rd, Charlotte, NC 28211

FREEDOM SCHOOL PREPARATIONS
Help Freedom School Partners prepare for their upcoming summer camps at 16 locations throughout Charlotte. We will be putting together first day supply kits for the various Charlotte-area Freedom Schools.
Captain: Liz Morgan
Ages:  12+
Max: 15
Location on MD:  Morningstar Storage, 8100 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273

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. Other projects include cleaning and preparing goodie bags.
Captain:  Bobby Pesakoff
Ages: 12+ (with parent or guardian)
Max: 15
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 project sites on Shalom Park in order to recycle them.
Captain: Alex Olinger
Ages:  12+
Max:  8
Location on MD:  On Campus

NODA CLEAN-UP: BUILDING BRIDGES THROUGH ENVIRONMENTALISM
Partner with Behailu Academy, Keep Charlotte Beautiful, NODA neighborhood members and businesses, and other leaders including city council members and representatives from the mayor’s office in the name of environmentalism – we will be picking up trash as well as taking down signs and illegal postings and graffiti spotting. Participants are invited to end the day at Behailu Academy for snacks and a performance from the students at the academy.
Captain: Jonathan “Yoni” Thull
Ages: 12+
Max: 75
Location on MD: Behailu Academy, 451 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC 28205

SHALOM PARK FREEDOM SCHOOL JOURNAL PACKAGE
We will be decorating notebooks to be used as journals for the scholars and assembling new crayons and colored pencils and writing cards, for 80 Freedom School Scholars.
Captain: Rachel Choffin
Ages: 14+
Max: 12
Location on MD: On Campus

CHARLOTTE GREEN
We will be painting and doing some light gardening!  Make sure you wear clothing that you don’t mind getting splattered and dirty.  We will be doing our part to help Charlotte Green in their dedication to sustain community gardens for and with inner-city residents.   Charlotte Green has been working with inner –city residents for 27 years.   They help create gardens to both beautify the neighborhood, and also to produce food for neighborhood residents.
Captain: Annie Lord
Ages: 12+
Max: 25
Location on MD: Wilmore Community Garden, 1808 South Mint St, Charlotte NC 28203

JCRI GALILEE CENTER COMMUNITY GARDEN
Visit the Galilee Center, an organization that serves the regufee populatoin here in Charlotte. Join us for a tour and a gardening project, which may include weeding, mulching, trimming shrubbery, etc. Participants should bring their own gardening gloves, bug spray, and sun-tan lotion. Gardening tools provided on side, although you are welcome to bring your own. Don’t forget a water bottle! The director of the Galilee Center Toni Hagerman will be hand to tive tours of the Center and describe all the different work that happens there.
Captain: Beth Davis
Ages: 11+ with parental supervision
Max: 12
Location on MD:  Galilee Community Garden: 3601 Central Ave.

SANDWICH-MAKING FOR URBAN MINISTRIES: Baby Boomer/Empty Nesters
Help assemble sandwiches for Monday’s lunch at Urban Ministry Center. The center distributes up to 800 sandwiches each day to the hungry.
Captain: Steve Menaker
Ages: Baby Boomers & Empty Nesters
Max: 40
Location on MD: On Campus

CLASSROOM CENTRAL KIT ASSEMBLY: A S.P.I.C.E. Project THIS PROJECT IS FULL
The group will prepare pencil pouch kits, art kits, and STEM kits for students to enable them to have the basic tools they need to be successful in school.
Captain: Martin Multer
Ages: S.P.I.C.E. Participants   Max: 10   Location on MD: On Campus

ITEM DONATIONS AND RECYCLING

Not able to attend Mitzvah Day but still want to participate in tikkun olam on May 6? No worries, there are multiple ways to help make the day a success by contributing time or items, all of which can be dropped off at the clergy office:

Special notes:

  • Old electronics and used batteries hiding in your house?Recycling electronic equipment of all types (corded and/or battery powered) is important to avoid further contamination of landfills with highly toxic metals used in manufacturing electronics.  Bring your items to the Goodwill truck parked in front of the temple.
    • Equipment does not have to be working.
    • Equipment will be either repaired and sold at a nominal cost in Goodwill stores or broken down into components and recycled.
    • Old cell phones and batteries will be collected, too. The team will take batteries to the Foxhole for recycling. (Foxhole is located in Mecklenburg County.)

    Contact John Dabels for more information.

  • Mitzvah Day t-shirts are available for purchase for $15
  • Interested in volunteering some time to make Mitzvah Day 2018 a success?  Contact Rabbi Dusty Klass to help. We’re already looking for people interested in planning Mitzvah Day 2019!

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL DONATIONS

GRADE LEVEL CONTRIBUTIONS

Kindergarten, First, Second & 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, bubbles, etc. Please no water or toy guns. We need 700 toys to go in the summer fun packs for Sterling Elementary.

Fourth Grade
A Safe Alliance
We are collecting items for A Safe Alliance – Formerly known as United Family Services, Safe Alliance supports victims of domestic and sexual violence, and child abuse and helps people build safe, healthy relationships. Items we need are: laundry detergent, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, diapers (sizes 4-6)/pull-ups, baby wipes

Fifth Grade
Levine Children’s Hospital
We are collecting new items for get well bags to be distributed to 50+ patients. Coloring books for children and teens, crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, small craft kits, small Legos or building block sets, colored embroidery floss to make friendship bracelet craft kits.

Sixth Grade
Hemby Children’s Hospital
We are collecting new items for get well bags to be distributed to 50+ patients. Crayons, washable markers, colored pencils, play dough, decks of cards, activity books, coloring books, small toys, Uno cards, small puzzles, etc.

Seventh Grade
Sterling Elementary Summer Fun Bags – Snacks
We are collecting snacks for the Sterling Elementary Summer Fun bags. Cookie or cracker packs, granola, rice krispie or cereal bars, individual size bags of chips, pretzels, cheese puffs, popcorn, veggie sticks, cheez-its, goldfish, etc. OR standard size synthetic pillows for the Hope Haven Pillowcase project.

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 700 books to be included 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 8:30 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!