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.
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.
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.
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!
Modern 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!
18 is a spiritual number in the Jewish culture. Gifts are often given in multiples of 18, symbolizing the gift of life and good luck. In 2013, the number 18 became even more significant for my husband Jeff and me, representing the unforgettable day our daughter Liya was born, on October 18.
To make Liya’s first birthday celebration even more special and meaningful, we decided to combine her party with her Jewish baby naming ceremony. Being the superstitious Jew that I am, we never had a baby shower, so this event was a way to FINALLY celebrate our beautiful baby girl with all of our loved ones. Planning Liya’s baby naming inspired me creatively, and allowed us to create an event that was truly personal and memorable. READ MORE ......→
A library wedding isn’t just for the lush storylines of Sex and the City! Rachel and Sean celebrated their nuptials, ala-Carrie Bradshaw, in a vintage-styled library Jewish wedding. Photography by Erin Johnson Photography.
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!
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?
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
What do a vintage salvage store, a bitter Chicago polar vortex and eight years of romance come together to make? They all add up to Lauren and Ilya’s completely charming and totally intimate interfaith Jewish wedding! Photographer Credit: Michael Novo Photography