Invite students to share their Mitzvah project experiences with the entire Jewish community by participating in Areyvut's Annual Mitzvah Essay Contest. Areyvut recognizes students who have made unique contributions to their communities. We will award winners with exciting prizes, invite winners to participate in the Bnai Mitzvah Panel Program and post winning essays on our website to serve as models for students who are just beginning to plan their Mitzvah projects. Have students write an essay that describes how and why you incorporated the values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social justice) into their Bnai Mitzvah celebration.
Eligibility: You must be between 5th and 9th grade
Format: Essay must be between 250-750 words, typed, and double spaced.
Judges: Essays will be judged by a panel of Areyvut staff, board members and outside experts. Winners will be chosen based on how well a project and its impact are described, the uniqueness of the project and the overall quality of the essay. Deadline: December 1, 2007 To Apply: Please e-mail your cover sheet and essay to firstname.lastname@example.org. To download the cover sheet, please visit www.areyvut.org/Action/cover08.pdf
Have your student’s think of their own ideas of how they can help others and make their own tikkun olam calendar .
Post a new suggestion in a prominent place in your school or classroom.
After synagogue services read the suggestion of the day .
The sources in the calendar are traditional Jewish sources provided
in English. Have students find the source in Hebrew or teach the sources and their meaning in a Hebrew or Jewish Studies class.
Present one of the daily suggestions without revealing the source and ask students to develop a source (Jewish or general) to coincide with the action. Similarly, present one of the sources without revealing the action and ask students to develop an action to relate to the source.
Look for articles, programs, movies and people who highlight these suggestions and try to learn more.
Teach about famous people who emulated these values. Students can dress up as these people and share their lessons with the class. You can also find “regular” people or “ Mitzvah Heroes” who live these vales daily and invite them to come speak.
Annually publicly recognize people in your community who excel in kindness.
Set up a monthly or regular tikkun olam trip . Each trip can be based upon a theme from the calendar, and all sources relating to the theme can be taught beforehand.
Assign each student or class a different theme from the calendar to incorporate into a tzedakah project. Have a school and community wide program featuring the various projects.
For each holiday, choose a different theme from the calendar and initiate a related tzedakah project.