A Complete Tikun Olam B’nai Mitzvah Program
The Ve’ahavta B’nai Mitzvah program encompasses lessons about charitable giving, hands-on volunteerism and the exploration of the Jewish values that underscore what it means to become a bar/bat mitzvah. The program runs on a rolling basis throughout the year so you can join at any point of your B’nai Mitzvah year. Registration for the program is $250.
The program is comprised of three components:
Attend a one-time workshop at Ve’ahavta’s office on the topic of “To Whom are We Responsible?” with other B’nai Mitzvah students. This is a powerful step in kickstarting the process where b’nai mitzvah families can meet one another, form connections and start planning what they want to do in support of Ve’ahavta.
The workshop focuses on:
- the impact your actions have on the broader world
- the concept of tikun olam (repairing the world), and
- the Jewish traditions which make tikun olam a key aspect of the B’nai Mitzvah process.
This workshop is offered on the following dates from 1:30 to 4:30pm:
- Sunday, April 7, 2019
- Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Sunday, December 15, 2019
Parents attend a separate adult volunteer orientation (1:30-2:30pm) and then join up with the teens from 3:00-4:00pm to learn about ideas for fundraising and the fundraising process, and are able to kick off their family action plans.
Volunteer in a hands-on way with Ve’ahavta. You can: sign up for a shift on our Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach van, (a 5 to 6 hour commitment), prepare food and baked goods for the van, or run a clothing/supplies drive. Participants can choose one or more actions in any combination. No matter what you choose you are helping to make the world a better place for all.
Each participant and their family is responsible for contributing a minimum of $360 to Ve’ahavta’s mission to create positive change in the lives of those who have been marginalized by poverty or homelessness. Become a “funraiser” and think up some creative ideas for how you can help raise those funds, such as donating a percentage of your gifts to Ve’ahavta, or running your own online campaign, bake sale or other fundraising initiative
You can set up an online campaign page, e.g., through Canada Helps or Facebook Fundraisers, which you can then share with friends and family. You can also rent beautiful rose tikun olam centrepieces for your simcha and the rental fee will go towards your give component. Each centrepiece rents for $36, so 10 centrepieces would be $360. To download the rental form, click here.
The program fee for B’nai Mitzvah is $250. We always want to ensure that all interested young people have access to our programs. If you need to discuss a fee on a sliding scale between $150 and $250, please contact us. If you would like to provide a donation on top of the $250 registration which would go towards helping another candidate participate, please also be in touch. Thank you!
If you have any questions about the B’nai Mitzvah program, please contact Janis Seftel at Janis.Seftel@veahavta.org or 416.964.7698 ext. 214.