Emphasizing the Importance of

Caring for One Another

Mitzvah Day 2023 is Sunday, February 26. It begins with a bagel breakfast and check-in and registration from 8 AM to 9 AM in the TBAM Kislak Family Social Hall accompanied by welcome remarks and blessings from your TBAM clergy at 8:30 AM. On-campus activities and drive-thru donations will end by 3 PM. Off-campus programming ending times are program specific.

There are on-campus and off-campus opportunities for all ages. There are also drop-off donations, outdoor and socially distanced programming, and off-campus engagement with community members and local and national organizations.

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Mitzvah Day is sponsored by TBAM’s Tikkun Olam Committee. It is free and requires registration as many programs have participant-capacity limits and other requirements. Participants in off-campus programming must provide their own transportation.

Mitzvah Day is an annual opportunity for the TBAM community to give back, learn of new ways to make a difference, recommit to service, meet and reconnect with fellow congregants, and give back to our community. This day of mitzvot is an opportunity to make the world a better place through tikkun olam, and one that we hope will inspire all to continue year-round.

Location

At Temple Beth Am, Drive-Thru.

Captains

Brenda Kilmer at [email protected]

Janice Baisman at [email protected]

Jeff Rosenberg at [email protected]

Donate your gently used children’s books (baby books, first readers and picture books) to support the Read to Learn Books for Free literacy initiative of The Children’s Trust and young-adult and books for adults to support Exchange for Change, which offers educational and community skills-building courses to incarcerated individuals.

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Captain

Favi Budyszewick at [email protected].

Location

9475 North Kendall Dr., Miami, FL 33176

Help us spruce up the Boys & Girls Club’s indoor basketball court and complete various painting projects. The Club focuses on enabling all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Read more about Boys & Girls Club…

Suitable for all ages.

Capacity is limited to 30 volunteers.

Captain

Jacki Altman at [email protected].

Support Buddy System by making PB&J sandwiches and donating nonperishables alongside TBAM’s Social Justice Teen Fellowship and engage in a reflection focused on food justice in Miami. Your efforts and donations will help stock Buddy System’s pantry and 3 community fridges in Miami. Once food preparation is completed, help transport the food to the fridges. Read more about Buddy System…

Location

At Temple Beth Am, Kislak Family Social Hall

Suitable for all ages.

Captain

Brittany Addams at [email protected].

Camillus House provides tools, guidance, and a pathway to help those experiencing homelessness create a better future. Join us by preparing and serving lunch to Camillus House residents. Read more about Camillus House

Please help by donating:

  • Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, toothbrushes
  • Feminine-care products
  • Gently used adult clothing
  • New packs of adult undergarments

Location

1603 NW 7th Ave and Temple Beth Am (drive-thru)

Time

11 AM—2 PM, masking required

Ages 14+ (with parent/guardian)

Capacity limited to 10 volunteers.

Captain

Carole Flicker at [email protected].

Spread positivity and beauty at Casa Valentina by making mosaic – positive – messaging garden stones. Casa Valentina provides at-risk and former foster-care youth with safe, affordable housing, life skills, and continued support to maintain self-sufficiency. Read more about Casa Valentina

Location

3153 Mundy St.

Suitable for ages 12+

Capacity limited to 20 volunteers.

Captains

Lisa Heller Green at [email protected]

Monica Warman at [email protected].

Please donate and help us create bags containing the following much needed full-sized items for use by the residents of Chapman Partnership, Empowering the Homeless.

  • Shower Gel
  • Deodorant
  • Shave Gel
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Single Blade Razors
  • Feminine Care Products
  • New socks
  • New undergarments
  • Other personal care items.

We will be collecting donations prior to and during Mitzvah Day for those who wish to drop off. We will need helpers to fill the bags and helpers to collect donations that are dropped off on Mitzvah Day. We will also create cards to be included in the bags (fun for children). Read more about Chapman Partnership

Location

Temple Beth Am (drive-thru)

Suitable for all ages

Captains

Danny Elfenbein, [email protected]

Marty Elfenbein, [email protected].

A location that is close to home and dear to our hearts, help by collecting washed-up marine debris in the mangroves and at the shore of Deering. Participants receive an educational and positive environmental experience and can help as citizen scientists by cataloging and reporting the collected debris.

Location

16701 SW 72 Ave.

Suitable for ages 6+

Capacity limited to 40 volunteers.

Captain

Shelley Jacoby, [email protected].

Location

Gibson Park, 350 NW 13th St.

Time

10:00 AM: Pickups start

10:45 AM: Setup

12:00 PM: Distribution

Pick up food from donating businesses (e.g., Trader Joes) and transport them to Gibson Park where you will help set up the donation area and distribute food to attendees (and perhaps even provide a cooking lesson with donated items). Pickups start at 10 AM, followed by setup at 10:45, and distribution at noon. Entertainment provided by Food Rescue to celebrate Black History Month. We hope to collect canned or other non-perishable foods to use to stock the pantry at the Greenhaven in Overtown.

Suitable for all ages.

Captains

Hagit Fefferman, [email protected].

Miriam Zadok, [email protected].

Support Israel Defense Forces (IDF) via the Friends of the IDF (FIDF) by writing cards, decorating pillowcases, and recording supportive video messages to send to the soldiers. The FIDF is a non-political, non-military organization that provides for the wellbeing of the IDF, veterans, and family members. Every day, the young men and women of the IDF put their lives on the line to protect the Jewish homeland. FIDF is whole-heartedly committed to providing these courageous young men and women with a better life and brighter future. Their job is to look after Israel–ours is to look after them. Read more about FIDF

Location

Temple Beth Am, Kislak Family Social Hall

Suitable for ages 8+

Captains

Jennifer Diemar, [email protected]

Melissa Ginsburg, [email protected]

Stephie Goldman, [email protected]

Join us in assembling necessities for the children of JAFCO headed to summer camp. JAFCO gives every child a place to belong by providing care and support to children and their families impacted by abuse, neglect, trauma, or disabilities. Read more about JAFCO

Please help by donating:

  • Beach and pool toys, towels, beach bags, water toys
  • Sunscreen, adjustable caps, sunglasses, water bottles (BPA free)
  • Stationary
  • Plastic toiletry items (soap containers, toothbrush holders, etc.)
  • Other camp necessities!

Location

Temple Beth Am, Kislak Family Social Hall

Suitable for all ages

Captains

Rooney Brodie, [email protected]

Laura Greer Haim, [email protected]

Enjoy a family friendly morning to support Jewish Community Services (JCS) and the Kosher Food Bank. This project is a two-part activity perfect for families with young children. First, grab your Milam’s grocery cart and go on a scavenger hunt to stock-up on essential groceries to replenish the Kosher Food Bank. Once you find everything and pay for the groceries, package the items at Milam’s in a beautiful basket to distribute to local families in need. Read more about JCS

Location

Milam’s Markets, Pinecrest Plaza

Perfect for families with young children.

Capacity limited to 10 families of volunteers from 9-10 AM.

Capacity limited to 10 families of volunteers from 10-11 AM.

Capacity limited to 10 families of volunteers from 11AM-12 PM.

Captains

Jaime Scheiner, [email protected]

Jillian Shepard, [email protected]

LEAP is dedicated to helping incarcerated women transcend their past and get back on the right footing. Leaving prison with only the clothes on their back, LEAP graduates are provided housing and employment. The Dragonfly Thrift Boutique is an initiative to educate and empower these graduates with work experience, the chance to earn money, build references and receive retail training. On Mitzvah day, a group of 10 graduates will receive private instruction from accomplished local entrepreneurs on branding and building a business and make high-end beaded bracelets to sell in their boutique. Learn more about LEAP

Please help by donating items to be sold in the Dragonfly Thrift Boutique, such as…

  • Women’s clothing
  • Women’s accessories: hats, scarves, sunglasses, jewelry
  • Small home decor

Register to assist with donation coordination at the TBAM drive-thru and in the Kislak Family Social Hall to assemble toiletry baskets for the women of LEAP.

Donations to support the costs of this program are also appreciated.

Locations

TBAM drive-thru: Please donate items to be sold in the Dragonfly Thrift Boutique (e.g., women’s clothing, hats, scarves, sunglasses, jewelry and small home decor). Volunteers needed to assist with donation coordination.

TBAM Social Hall: Volunteers needed to assemble toiletry baskets for the women of LEAP.

Captain

Caroline Miller, [email protected].

Lotus House aims to improve the lives of women, youth and children experiencing homelessness by providing sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources. Come be a kid again at the Miami Children’s Museum, alongside our Lotus House neighbors. Beth Am families and Lotus House residents together will explore and enjoy the magic of the Museum through a craft activity, playtime in the museum exhibits, and pizza. Read more about Lotus House

Ages

Families with children 3-12 years old will have the most fun! Lotus House attendees will primarily be 4-10 years old.

Participant Fee

$40 per Beth Am family (this covers entrance into the Miami Children’s Museum for a family of 4, playtime in the Museum exhibits, a craft activity, and pizza).

Monetary Donations Requested

Costs to organize this Mitzvah Day project exceed the participation fee. We would appreciate any additional donations in support of this project!

Location

Miami Children’s Museum at 980 MacArthur Causeway

Time

3:00 PM—5:00 PM

Capacity limited to 10 families of volunteers.

Captains

Anne Becker, [email protected]

Susan Fusfield, [email protected]

We’re launching TBAM’s mitzvah-crafting club at Mitzvah Day! Bring your knitting needles, yarn, or whatever crafting project you’re working on to provide to our Clergy who will give your works of art, love and comfort to congregants and local organizations and let them know that TBAM cares.

Location

Temple Beth Am, Kiskak Family Social Hall

Suitable for all ages

Captains

Tina Forster, [email protected]

Rachel Turetsky, [email protected].

Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence and independence to people of all ages. Read more about Miami Lighthouse for the Blind

Please help by donating:

  • Talking BP machines/scales/watches
  • Canes
  • Currency readers
  • Magnifiers
  • UNO Braille
  • Art supplies (canvas, paint, yarn, flower vases, beads, etc.)

Location

At Temple Beth Am (drive-thru) and an Art Walk in March

Suitable for all ages.

You can also support this organization by attending its March 11 Annual Art Walk (10 AM-1 PM; 501 SW 8th Ave.), where you can view and purchase tactile art created by low-sighted and blind artists and, on March 16 (10:30 AM-1 PM; 501 SW 8th Ave.), by visiting the facility as Cantor Coyot and Rachel Robbins Turetsky lead the Lighthouse members in song and share dessert. Contact Tina Forster ([email protected]) for more information.

Captains

Rachel DeLevie-Orey, [email protected]

Brooke Laskin, [email protected]

Serve meals to the unhoused in Wynwood at Miami Rescue Mission! We’ll serve lunch 10 AM to 12:30 PM; dinner 2:30 to 5:30 PM. Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes, long pants, and shirts that cover shoulders and midriffs. Read more about Miami Rescue Mission

Please help by donating:

  • Shampoo, soap, etc.
  • Women’s sanitary products
  • Gently used clothes
  • Shelf-stable food items

Location

2020 NW 1st Ave. and at Temple Beth Am (drive-thru)

Time

10:00 AM—12:30 PM & 2:30 PM—5:30 PM

Suitable for ages 12+

Capacity limited to 15 volunteers for lunch service.

Capacity limited to 15 volunteers for dinner service.

Captains

Lindsey Friedman, [email protected]

Todd Friedman, [email protected].

Volunteers will learn about the negative impacts of marine debris and microplastics before embarking on a citizen science marine debris clean-up on the beach. Miami Waterkeeper will provide all materials but bringing your own gloves is appreciated (though not required). Participants should bring a water bottle, wear proper sun protection and closed toed shoes. Read more about Miami Waterkeeper

Location

Virginia Key (subject to change)

Time

9:30 AM—12:00 PM

Suitable for all ages

Big Red Bus

Captains:

Susan Rosenthal at [email protected]

Pam Misrahi at [email protected].

Donate blood to enhance the health and well-being of others through OneBlood’s work with blood and stem cell products and by facilitating scientific research. Read more about OneBlood…

Location: 

Temple Beth Am (Big Red Bus)

Suitable for ages 16+.

Captain

Jennifer Resnick, [email protected].

Help freshen up the sensory room with a new coat of paint at PATCHES, which serves disadvantaged families without easy access to medical centers, where a child’s healthcare is pitted against the parents’ financial survival. PATCHES becomes a home away from home–a place of love, stability and socialization–while day-to-day healthcare needs are provided by caring professionals.

Suitable for adults.

Capacity limited to 12 volunteers.

Captain

Henry Greengrass, [email protected].

RDS works diligently to rescue dogs who have been dumped/abandoned in the Redlands and rehabilitate them as needed so they may be adopted into forever homes. Read more about Redland Dog Sanctuary

Please help by donating:

  • Towels, blankets, beds
  • Dry and wet dog and cat food
  • Cat litter, wee wee pads
  • Cleaning supplies

Location

At Temple Beth Am, with dogs for adoption!

Suitable for all ages

Captain

Judi Gampel, [email protected].

Prepare a home-cooked dinner and participate in a craft project for out-of-town families with children receiving treatment at Jackson Memorial Hospital. RMHC supports the well-being of children by providing lodging, meals, activities, and a community of care to critically ill children and their families.

Location

1145 NW 14 Terr. 

Time

5:00 PM—7:00 PM

Capacity limited to 15 volunteers, and children must be accompanied by their parents.

Captains

Gregory Frankel, [email protected]

Susan Fusfield, [email protected]

Interested in learning about South Florida vegetable gardening, native plants, butterflies and composting? Join TBAM’s resident gardeners and Fairchild Garden’s Connect-to-Protect Network for a morning of education, garden maintenance and children’s crafts.

Location

Temple Beth Am, adjacent to the soccer field

Suitable for all ages

Captain

Jennifer Warren Medwin, [email protected].

Create and send handwritten letters or cards of love and hope to the children from TiKVA Children’s Home who have been displaced from their home by the war in Ukraine and now live in Romania. Many of the children at TiKVA Children’s Home have experienced great turmoil, abandonment, and fear in their lives, which has been enhanced since the war started. This program will also include a discussion of the current situation and video documenting this organization’s humanitarian work–evacuations and efforts in Romania and caring for the remaining 500 in Odesa, Ukraine. Read more about TiKVA House

Location

Temple Beth Am, Kislak Family Social Hall

Suitable for all ages

Captain

Kadie Black, [email protected].

Voices For Children is sponsoring 15 TBAM youth to participate in an afternoon of fun at Topgolf Miami – Doral with 15 youth currently living in foster care. Socialize with the youth from Voices For Children and help them learn how to properly swing. Learn more about Voices for Children

Location

Topgolf, 11850 NW 22nd St, Doral

Time

12:00 PM—2:00 PM

Suitable for teens age 14-17 (with parent/guardian)

Capacity limited to 15 volunteers (more spots to be made available depending on level of demand).

Captains

Tori Andre + Stacy Andre, [email protected].

Help paint and spruce up the facilities at Whispering Manes. This organization serves children and adults with special needs and disabilities by offering an opportunity to develop a therapeutic relationship with horses to improve self-esteem and general healing.

Location

6105 SW 125th Ave, Miami, FL 33183

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Monetary donations appreciated to help us offset the costs of Mitzvah Day.

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Mitzvah Day Schedule

Sunday, February 26

8:00 AM: Bagel Breakfast & Registration, Kislak Family Social Hall

8:30 AM: Welcome remarks and blessings from the Clergy

9:00 AM: Participants disperse to on and off-campus programming

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Drop off donations at TBAM covered driveway

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Tikkun Olam Shabbat

Friday, February 24
Join us for Shabbat services with guest speaker Kadie Black, President & CEO of Voices For Children.

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FamJam for Mitzvah Weekend

Friday, February 24
Connect with fellow TBAM families as we enjoy an outdoor Shabbat bash and give back to our community.

Mitzvah Day Leadership

Rabbinic Advisor: Rabbi Rachel Greengrass

Mitzvah Day Co-Chairs: Rebecca Holljes, Judy Cowan, Shelley Jacoby, Tina Forster, Janice Baisman

Questions?

Have questions? Have feedback? Please contact us at [email protected].