Many of us think of mitzvot (plural of mitzvah) as good deeds, and indeed, mitzvot are good deeds but they are more than this too. A mitzvah is an action commanded by God. According to Jewish tradition, there are 613 mitzvot found in the Torah.
The Rabbis of the Talmud taught that the world stands upon three broad categories of mitzvot: Torah (study), Avodah (worship), and G’milut Chasadim (loving deeds). As our students prepare for bar/bat mitzvah they engage in many mitzvot related to Torah and Avodah. They study Torah as they prepare their b’nai mitzvah speeches with one of our rabbis. They learn how to lead Avodah as they prepare their prayers and Torah and Haftarah portions.
The Mitzvah Project is designed to help our students engage in G’milut Chasadim. We believe that all Jews are responsible for making our world better, and we want our students to engage in this important work. It is not necessary for any fundraising to take place; students can volunteer their time and use their talents to help the communities around them. We want them to use the talents and skills with which they have been blessed to make a positive difference in the world!
Mitzvah Project Proposals must be sent to Rabbi Sarah Smiliey approximately six months before a student’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Click here to submit your Proposal Form online.
Mitzvah Projects should be completed approximately one month before the Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Click here to fill out the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Report Form and submit it to Rabbi Smiley.
For ideas or more information about the Mitzvah Project, please contact Rabbi Smiley.