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. You can register for the program and pay the $180 registration fee below.

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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. Begin to understand: 

  • 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:

  • Sunday, October 14th, 2018
  • Sunday, December 16th, 2018
  • Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
  • Sunday, April 14th, 2019

Participate in a hands-on volunteer activity with Ve’ahavta such as a special Young Riders shift on our Mobile Jewish Response to Homelessness outreach van, (a 5 to 6 hour commitment), preparing food and baked goods for the van, or running a clothing/supply 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 $250 to Ve’ahavta’s poverty alleviation work. Become a “funraiser” and think up some creative ideas in 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.  We will set up an online campaign page which you can share with friends and family if you would like to ask them for a donation in lieu of gifts. You can also rent beautiful roses tikun olam centrepieces for your simcha and the rental fee will go towards your Give component.

Centerpieces available for rent.

If you have any questions about the B’nai Mitzvah program, please contact Janis Seftel at or 416 964 7698 ext. 214.