Mitzvah Day 2019

Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019
Time: 8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Various locations both on-campus and off-campus throughout our community

Contact: Janice Baisman, 786.364.9445, [email protected]


Sunday, February 24th,
8:00 am–12:30 pm

Join your Beth Am Friends and Family for an exciting morning of Social Action Activities both ON-CAMPUS and OFF-CAMPUS throughout our Miami Community

Mitzvah Day is a FREE event, but we require advance registration as we have limitations regarding the various venues. ONLINE REGISTRATION — CLICK HERE


OFF-CAMPUS ACTIVITIES — Bus Transportation will be provided for all Off-Campus activities. ONLINE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

Volunteering at Casa Valentina — Sponsored by Sisterhood

Pitch in with Sisterhood members and their spouses to provide a fresh coat of paint at Casa Valentina, a non-profit providing housing and life skills support to former foster youth and other at-risk youth in Miami-Dade County. Limit of 40 volunteers. Ages 13 and up.

Kosher Scavenger Hunt

Learn about hunger in the Miami Jewish community, as well as how to spot kosher food items, while you go on a kosher scavenger hunt at Milam’s Market in Suniland South (Pinecrest). Your team will decide whether you want to shop for items totaling $18, $36 or $54 (supplied by the participants in this project). Presented in partnership with the South Florida Kosher Food Bank. All ages welcome!

Beautiful Beaches

Keep our beaches and oceans clean with Miami Waterkeeper. Miami Waterkeeper’s mission is to defend, protect, and preserve South Florida’s watershed through citizen engagement and community action rooted in sound science and research. It works to ensure swimmable, drinkable, fishable water for all. Limit of 100 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Two Treats at Lotus House — Sorry, registration has been closed for this activity

A morning activity of cooking and organizing with the women and children who are residents of Lotus House, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth and children. Lotus House provides sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources that empower them to heal, learn, grow and blossom into who they are truly meant to be. The Beth Am Baby Boomers are collecting food items for Lotus House. Collection bins are located in front of the Santuary. Limit of 40 volunteers. Ages 8 and up.

Breakfast and Board Games at Chapman Partnership

Chapman Partnership operates two Homeless Assistance Centers with 800 beds located in Miami and Homestead. Collectively these two Centers serve approximately 5,000 men, women and families with children annually. They help the homeless by providing a comprehensive support program that includes emergency housing, meals, health, dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and assistance with securing stable housing. Visit Chapman Partnership (Homestead) to play games and share a meal with residents. Limit of 50 volunteers. Ages 13 and up.

Mangrove Cleanup at Deering Estate

Collect marine debris that has washed up unto the mangroves and our shores. This is beneficial to both the mangroves and the marine animals that count on the mangroves for protection. It also helps to keep marine debris out of our oceans where other marine animals could potential be harmed. During cleanup, Deering Estate provides Ocean Conservancy Data Cards to collect information for the Ocean Conservancy about the marine debris that is being picked up. This means that the group will be split into smaller groups of 3 participants. The roles of the participants in these smaller groups will be for 1 person to collect the data, 1 person to hold the garbage bag and 1 person to collect garbage. Mangrove cleanups require that volunteers climb around the prop roots of the mangroves to pick up marine debris. Because the mangroves are at our shoreline, it also means tidal waters may be involved and volunteers could get wet and muddy doing this activity. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get wet and dirty, closed toe shoes (flip flops and crocs are useless in the mud and tend to get lost).  It is recommended that volunteers bring a change of clothes, towel and a change of shoes, to go home comfortably. Limit of 100 volunteers.  Ages 4 and up.



Join the Jewish Volunteer Center to make sandwiches and fruit lunches for the homeless. The food will be distributed by Feed My Sheep, an initiative of St. Thomas Episcopal Church that provides approximately 500 meals to homeless individuals in downtown Miami each month. Limit of 50 volunteers. Ages 13 and up.

Decorating Cemetery Stones

Kibud haMeit, honoring the dead, is an essential tenet of Judaism, and Jewish custom is to place stones on the graves of relatives and friends. Decorate stones, which will be brought to Jewish cemeteries. Limit of 100 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Birthday Cake in a Jar

Create birthday cake care packages, which will be donated to Chapman Partnership to bring residents joy on their birthdays. Limit of 25 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Decorating Pillow Cases for Tikva House

Tikva’s mission is to care for the homeless, abandoned and abused Jewish children of Odessa and neighboring regions of the Former Soviet Union. Tikva provides a warm, compassionate home, essential social services and a quality education, while revitalizing the growing Jewish community of Odessa. In addition, Tikva offers its graduates opportunities for university and technical education in Odessa, and emigration to Israel. Decorate pillowcases to send to Tikva House and enjoy a Skype conversation with the children! Limit of 25 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Baking Cookies for Firefighters

Join us in the Temple Beth Am Cooking Kitchen to bake delicious cookies that will be donated to local firefighters. What a sweet way to show our appreciation! Ages 6 and up.

Painting Pretty Potted Plants — Sorry, registration has been closed for this activity

Paint decorative pots and fill with plants that will be gifted to elderly members of our community.  All ages welcome!

Registration/Bagel Breakfast/Welcome: 8:00–8:45 am
Buses leave for Off-Campus Locations: 9:00 am
On-Campus Activities Begin: 9:00 am
Buses Return to Beth Am: Approximately 12:30 pm

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