Raise Money Online For Your Mitzvah Project

Mitzvah Projects are not just a growing trend, but often a synagogue requirement, and an incredible way for students to engage in a social action project in honor of their upcoming bar/bat mitzvah. A mitzvah project teaches the value of tzedakah and giving back to the community. Now with a modern twist, it can teach students how to have a greater impact using the Internet for good, while making the process more fun and easier than ever.

That’s where Deposit a Gift comes in. Deposit a Gift is the crowdfunding platform that allows you to create a fundraising website to raise money for your mitzvah project online, so that friends and family from anywhere can get involved. A mitzvah project is all about pursuing something you are passionate about for the greater good, and now by bringing it online, you can have a bigger impact than ever before. Click here to create your mitzvah project site now.

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Mitzvah Project – Hoods That Help

Melisa Imberman from The Event of a Lifetime shared a great community service project from a local teen.

Sarah is collecting sweatshirts to donate, including bar & bat mitzvah sweatshirts, school, camp and team sweatshirts that kids have outgrown or no longer wear.

The organization is called Hoods that Help and she will be donating to different organizations throughout the year. The first organization Hoods That Help will be collecting for is “Person to Person” in Darien, Connecticut.

She has put a drop box at a local store, Shuppee in the Village Yard in Chappaqua, and Melisa is happy to collect them as well and get them to her.

If you’d like more information, you can contact me or Sarah at hoodsthathelp@gmail.com

We can’t think of a better way to make good use of all those old clothes!

Brewery & Beachside Jewish Wedding

Alexis & Jason’s destination wedding perfectly combined meaningful Jewish tradition with laid back fun! Their Jewish wedding ceremony was held on a mild October day at Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The day’s beautiful memories were captured by Tiffany Caldwell Photography.

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7 Modern Hanukkah Decorations & Party Ideas

While not sharing a date with Thanksgiving this year, Hanukkah is rapidly approaching! Whether you plan to have a low key celebration of simply lighting the menorah, or an all-out party with all your loved ones, we’ve rounded up some amazing decoration ideas to get you into the Hanukkah spirit!

Chanukah (Hanukkah) Decorations & Party IdeasModern Tribe, a popular online Judaica retailer, has come out with some really good-looking Hanukkah decorations, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. Their modern take on Judaica is perfect for Hanukkah decorating, with everything from banners to temporary tattoos. Best of all, a portion of profits get donated to local Atlanta organizations. A happy Festival of Lights, indeed!

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Candy Sushi – Creative Dessert for a Mitzvah, Wedding, or Kosher Party

Child or adult – who doesn’t love candy?  When we came across Esprit Events’ fun and creative dessert idea – candy sushi – served at a bat mitzvah, we couldn’t wait to share this innovative idea with our kid and adult fans.

Candy Sushi from Esprit Kosher Events

Candy sushi rolls are made with rice crispy treats, wrapped with fruit rollups and topped with a variety of candies to include kosher Swedish fish, rock candy, colorful marshmallows, sour straws, and  licorice to name a few.  Can you pick out some other candy? READ MORE ......

A Grand Historic Jewish Wedding

Yelena is a self-proclaimed foodie, so it was fitting when Derek proposed on the dessert menu of a Top Chef-contestant run restaurant! The two celebrated their Jewish wedding filled with taste and glamour, aptly held at the Tremont Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore, Maryland. Both are Jewish and Yelena is of Ukrainian descent, so it was important to the couple to include elements from their faith and culture in their big day! Thanks to Bradley Images for the sneak peak!

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Don’t Belong to a Temple? Have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah Outside the Synagogue

Written by Rabbi/Cantor Ronald Broden

For prospective Jewish clergy the choice has been between the various Jewish denominations: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. In fact, seminaries that train rabbis and cantors are primarily affiliated with one movement. If one wants to become an Orthodox rabbi or cantor there is Yeshiva University, for a Conservative rabbi or cantor, Jewish Theological Seminary, for a Reform rabbi or cantor it’s Hebrew Union College. What about the majority of Jews who are unaffiliated with any movement or synagogue? Who serves this population?

Rabbi Cantor Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation NYC, NJ & CT

I became an ordained cantor through Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and served mid-sized Reform congregations following graduation for several years. Presently I serve a small congregation in New York City on a part-time basis. Many years ago I decided to devote myself to the community of mostly unaffiliated though my life cycle work. While I perform weddings, baby namings and funerals, my primary focus has been Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremonies for those to whom the synagogue is not an option.

Bar & Bat Mitzvah Preparation for Families That Don’t Belong To A Temple

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