Mitzvah Day

Sunday, May 23, 2021

9:30am – Opening Ceremony – Join on Zoom or TBE Facebook Live

10:30am – Projects Begin

Register for Mitzvah Day in the Projects Below! 

Please register for your project by clicking on the project’s Signup Genius link. This will help us measure participation, send update info/reminders, and let the beneficiary agencies know expected donation quantities. In some cases, project registration is required because there are strict capacity limits.

Projects may be done in your own home, or if you have friends/family in your “quaranteam” bubble, you may work together. Please observe strict COVID precautions such as staying outdoors (e.g., driveway, backyard, deck), wearing masks, maintaining social distance, using hand sanitizer, and keeping the group size to fewer than 20 people.

TBE will reimburse program expenses (supplies, etc.) up to $30. Please scan/email receipts to Amy Fine.

Questions? Contact Karen Greenblatt.

Take lots of photos and videos and share them on social media: #TBECLT and #TBEMitzvahDay! You can also upload them here for us to keep and share in the future!


Click any project name below for details and supplies needed

Thank You Cards, Drawings, Posters, and Signs

Let’s thank and celebrate those people in our community who are sustaining us during this difficult pandemic: Doctors and nurses, teachers, grocery store employees, delivery drivers, hospital staff, and many others who are essential to our community (not only now but always). Use whatever art supplies and materials you have on hand. Be creative and brighten someone’s day.

Supplies Needed

Art supplies, plus cards, paper, poster board, cardboard, wood scraps or any recyclables on hand

Delivery

Mail cards on your own, or if you are comfortable, deliver the posters/signs to a local hospital or store. You can also display signs at the front of your neighborhood or on your lawn. For TBERS teachers, please mail to Temple Beth El.

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Letters to High School Seniors

Our TBE high school seniors are missing prom, graduation, college tours, and many important milestones during their last days at school. Write letters of encouragement to students to help them at this difficult time.

Registration is required for this project so we can assign you a specific student (name, address, high school, college choice).

Supplies Needed

Email or paper/envelopes/stamps

Delivery

Congregants email or mail letters on their own directly to student’s address

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Social Justice Listening Campaign

Participate in the From Social Distance to Social Justice Listening Campaign with a small group of fellow congregants. As a group, you will share your story, connect with others, and discuss how we can use our experiences to create a better world. Sessions will occur at 10:30am (via Zoom), 2pm (outdoors at location TBD), and 7pm (via Zoom) each lasting approximately one hour. Appropriate for ages 13+. TBE Members Only.

Registration is required for this project due to limited capacity.

Did you miss our Listening Campaign Kick-Off? You can read more here. Want more information about the Listening Campaign? Contact Nicole Sidman.

Supplies Needed

None

Location

4:00pm – Zoom link provided upon registration.

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Pen Pal Seniors

Bring cheer to TBE, JFS, and Oasis seniors living alone with decorated cards and letters. Establish an ongoing “pen pal” relationship for continued joy. Decorate cards, write letters, create poems, etc. using any paper/materials you have at home. A template will be provided for the initial letter, and we then ask for a one month commitment to send an additional letter once a reply is received.

Registration is required for this project so we can assign you a specific senior (limited to 15 people).

Supplies Needed

Paper/card, self-addressed return envelopes, and stamps

Instructions

Delivery

Congregants mail letters on their own directly to senior’s address

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JFS Food Pantry Needs

Help stock the JFS Food Pantry with non-perishable food and household cleaning supplies. Please consider helping in one of three ways: Decorate a cleaning bucket and fill it with cleaning supplies; pack a grocery bag with key ingredients for a meal and make a recipe card; or just purchase and donate non-perishable food items and/or cleaning supplies. Find the most-needed items at the JFS website and drop items at TBE on Mitzvah Day.

Supplies Needed

Bucket and cleaning supplies or non-perishable food with recipe card

Delivery

Drop donations at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm) or at Jewish Family Services on May 26 (10am-12pm at portico entrance.)

Visit the JFS website for a list of current needs.

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Heart Math Tutoring

Come learn about Heart Math Tutoring, an organization that recruits and supports volunteers as tutors and mentors to ensure all elementary students develop the strong foundation in math and enthusiasm for academics needed for long-term success. For the 20/21 school year, Heart Math transitioned to virtual tutoring. Volunteers spend 1-hour online each week supporting students. Join us and hear from TBE members who are tutors with Heart and learn more about their experience. Training will take place via a Zoom call at 10:30am. For ages 18+.

Supplies Needed

None

Location

Join the Zoom

Read more about Heart Math Tutoring

Volunteering with Heart Math Video

Tutoring with Heart Math Video

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Neighborhood Trash Cleanup

Cleanup your own neighborhood or a nearby park/greenway! Take a family walk, and bring along trash bags (and protective and/or latex gloves) so you can cleanup along the way. Take a photo and weigh your collected trash!

Supplies Needed

Trash bags and gloves

Delivery

None

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Shalom Green Community Garden

Mitzvah day participants (ages 10+ only) will assist in caring for the Shalom Park Community Garden. This may include weeding, mulch spreading, planting summer crops, and harvesting (volunteers may divide harvest to take home), etc. Expect light work (no heavy lifting). Volunteers may choose to bring their own gardening gloves, buy tools will be provided. Please wear sunscreen, bug spray, and appropriate outdoor clothing.

Registration is required for this project.

Supplies Needed

Gardening gloves, sunscreen

Location

Shalom Park Community Garden at 10:30am-12:30pm.

Rain Plan

In the event of rain, please try these great Seed Bomb and Bird Feeder projects on your own.

Seed Bomb Instructions

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Meals for TBE Congregants

Make individual meals that can be frozen to be distributed to ill or elderly congregants during the year. Please label all ingredients.

Supplies Needed

Meal recipe and ingredients

Requirements

Delivery

Drop meals at Temple Beth El during regular business hours on or after May 25.

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Letter Writing Campaign on Social Justice Issues

Use the Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism’s online form to tell members of Congress how you feel about important social justice issues. Learn about key issues, then enter your home address to view a template letter addressed to your representatives – it couldn’t be easier! Choose from suggested issues or find the topics most meaningful to you.

Supplies Needed

Computer or tablet

Delivery

None (all letters submitted using RAC form)

Instructions

Learn more about the RAC

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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 bring buckets, stiff brushes, old rags, gardening gloves, trash bags, mild dish detergent, plus a rake and gardening shears if possible. Please wear old clothes that can get dirty. The Hebrew Cemetery requests that people wear face masks.

Registration is required for this offsite project.

Supplies Needed

Buckets, stiff brushes, old rags, gardening gloves and mild dish detergent. Also bring a rake and gardening shears if possible.

Bring a face mask (requested), water bottle, snacks and sunscreen (if desired).

Location

Hebrew Cemetery at 10:30am-12:30pm (1801 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206).

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Operation Sandwich

Help assemble sandwiches for lunch at Roof Above (Urban Ministry Center). The center serves up to 800 sandwiches each day to the hungry, and MItzvah Day families are needed to assemble and drop off sandwiches. This year, Mitzvah Day families will choose their own specific drop-off dates and sandwich commitments (minimum of 50) directly through the agency website. Please be sure to check the Operation Sandwich website before purchasing food supplies, since many dates are already full.

Supplies Needed

Sandwich ingredients (minimum of 50). Visit website for requirements (soft bread, meat, cheese – quality over quantity).

Delivery

Deliver to 945 North College Street. Check website for updated drop off times (typically by 11:30am on Sat/Sun, by 1:00pm on Mon-Fri).

Instructions, Ingredients, Requirements

Learn more about Operation Sandwich 

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Joy of Sox

Assemble toiletries bags for our guests in Abraham’s Tent (formerly Room in the Inn) and our neighbors at Crisis Assistance. Bags must include two pairs of new tube socks, travel-sized toiletries, and snacks. Items will be placed into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag with a hand-decorated card/note. Please see attachment for detailed instructions and required/suggested items. Each family is asked to commit to 8 identical bags. Families can purchase items or arrange to pickup supplies (except socks) from the project captain, Lisa Moreland (first come, first served basis). Consider doing a toiletry drive in your neighborhood. This is a great project for families with young children.

Supplies Needed

16 pairs tube socks, snacks, travel size toiletries (see attachment for supply list), and note cards. Mitzvah Day note cards are available upon request to those who pre-register, or you may use your own cards.

Delivery

Drop bags/kits at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

Instructions

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Freedom School Snacks and Messages

Our aim is to provide decorated snack bags, with notes and inspirational messages, for our Shalom Park Freedom School Scholars. Help make their summer experience even better. Please commit to making (at least) 10 bags, each with five snacks.

Supplies Needed

Brown or white paper bags (see instructions for type and size), bulk snack items, and markers.

Delivery

Drop donations at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

Instructions

Learn more about Shalom Park Freedom School

Learn about FSP’s R.E.S.P.O.N.S.E. Program

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Salvation Army Center of Hope

We will prepare snack care packages for the children residing at the Salvation Army Center of Hope. Each care package will include 3-5 prepackaged boxes of snacks and handwritten notes of encouragement. The Center of Hope is Charlotte’s largest year-round facility for homeless women and children. Please commit to (at least) 3-5 pre-packaged boxes of snacks per family.

Supplies Needed

Purchase items to donate, note cards. Mitzvah Day note cards are available upon request to those who pre-register, or you may use your own cards.

Donation Items

Delivery

Drop donations at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

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Sterling Elementary Spruce Up

Come to Sterling Elementary to help clean up and beautify the school grounds. Plant new shrubs and flowers, weed and mulch. Sterling Elementary is Temple Beth El’s partner school. This project is appropriate for those ages 9+.

Registration is required for this offsite project.

Supplies Needed

Bring rakes, shovels, watering cans, trash bags, gloves and sunscreen.

Location

Sterling Elementary at 10:30am-12:30pm (9601 China Grove Church Rd, Pineville, NC 28134).

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Classroom Central School Kit Assembly

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. This project is for SPICE members only (limited number, must be vaccinated). Please contact Michael Norman at michaelenorman@icloud.com to volunteer.

Supplies Needed

None

Location

Home of Judy and Michael Norman (Address will be provided once registered with Michael)

Register

Email Michael Norman at michaelnorman@icloud.com

Greeting Cards for Hineynu Committee

Create original greeting cards to be used by TBE’s Hineynu: We Are Here Committee. Cards will be sent to congregants in times of joy and need (birth/adoption of a child, marriage, conversion, 18th wedding anniversary, b’nei mitzvah, confirmation, high school graduation and loss of loved one). Use your artistic skills and art materials at home (e.g., watercolor paint or markers) to create original works of art on blank greeting cards. The insides will remain blank for future use, but you may sign the back with “Lovingly made by xxxxxx on Mitzvah Day 2021”. This is a wonderful project for families as well as for individuals of all ages. Please commit to creating 5-10 cards per family.

Supplies Needed

Blank, white cardstock (8.5×11″) and art supplies (water color paint or markers suggested). If you register early, we will mail blank cardstock to you.

Delivery

Drop cards at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

Instructions

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Electronics Recycling - Collection

Collect electronic devices for Goodwill – in conjunction with LJCC Cares. Drop your items 10am-12pm at the main entrance of the Levine JCC. See flyer for donation guidelines.

Supplies Needed

Collect items to donate

Delivery

Drop electronics at the LJCC main entrance on May 23 (10am-12pm)

Instructions

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Hope Haven - Collection

Collect feminine hygiene products for residents of Hope Haven, which provides life skills and a supportive residential environment to break the cycle of homelessness and addiction.

Supplies Needed

Purchase items to donate

Donation Items

Donations can also be made by purchasing items from Hope Haven’s Amazon Wishlist 

Delivery

Drop donations at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

Learn more about Hope Haven

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JCRI/RSS - Collection

Collect items to be distributed by the Jewish Community Refugee Initiative (JCRI) for Carolina Refugee Resettlement Agency, the local affiliate of HIAS which helps settle new refugees here in Charlotte. Help JCRI to “Welcome the Stranger.” Items most needed: -Gently used medium men’s coats (fall/winter coats or jackets) -Food staples (such as cooking oil, rice, and tea) -Gift cards (especially Walmart gift cards, to purchase items for new apartments)

Supplies Needed

Collect or purchase items to donate

Delivery

Drop donations at TBE on May 23 (11am-2pm)

Learn more about Jewish Community Refugee Initiative

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Gift of Life Registry

The Gift of Life Registry is a public bone marrow and blood stem cell registry. Gift of Life facilitates transplants for children and adults suffering from life-threatening illnesses, including leukemia, lymphoma, other cancers and genetic diseases. Via a mail order kit, you can “get swabbed” to see if you are a match and can offer hope to a stranger. If you are age 35+, there is a $60 fee to join the registry. If you are under 35, your participation is free!

Supplies Needed

None

Delivery

Congregants mail their own swab kits to Gift of Life.

Learn more about Gift of Life

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