Mitzvah Day 2020

Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020
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 23rd, 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

Pitch in with Sisterhood members and families to clean the patio area and prep for planting at Casa Valentina — a non-profit housing facility that helps to support former foster youth and other at-risk youth in Miami Dade by providing housing and training in life skills. Limit of 15 volunteers. Ages 13 and up.

JCS Kosher Scavenger Hunt at Milam’s

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 at Suniland South (in 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 (JCS). Limit of 50 volunteers. All ages welcome!


A morning of activities including cooking, crafts and playing games with kids at 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. Limit of 35 volunteers. Ages 8 and up.


Help to shore up the teen center where the kids spend a lot of time socializing and meeting after school and then play hoops at the facility.  Boys & Girls Club of Miami-Dade offers an After School Program for children in K – 8th grades and a Teen Program for 9th – 12th grades. The club also offers an Athletic Program for all ages. They help with Homework Assistance from qualified staff, literacy activities, tutoring, computer lab, Arts and Crafts, STEM and general sports and recreational activities. Limit of 35 volunteers. Ages 8 and up.

Beautiful Beaches with Miami Water Keeper

Keep our beaches and oceans clean with Miami Waterkeeper. Their 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.

Mangrove Cleanup at Deering Estates

Collect marine debris that has washed up into 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 the marine debris out of our oceans where other marine animals could potentially 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 people – one to hold the garbage bags, 1 to collect and 1 to collect the data.  Volunteers must climb around the prop roots to pick up the debris and some tidal water may be present.  Volunteers should wear clothing that could get wet and muddy, closed toes shoes for sure and potentially a change of clothes, towel and change of shoes so that you go home comfortable. Limit of 100 volunteers. Ages 4 and up.


Cookies & Cakes for Camillus — REGISTRATION CLOSED

Bake cookies, cakes and other sweets to send to Camillus House — a shelter for homeless residents in Miami-Dade. Limit of 40 volunteers. All ages welcome!

A Tisket, a Tasket, Make a PATCHES Basket — REGISTRATION CLOSED

PATCHES is an organization that provides nursing care for children with complex medical conditions. They are given specific nursing and care and an opportunity to realize their full potential. No child is turned away based on their ability to pay. Assemble personalized baskets for an upcoming holiday celebration for the kids. Volunteers will be given the name and age of the child for whom they will be preparing the basket. Special thanks to funding from the Jewish Volunteer Center of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. Limit of 30 volunteers. All ages welcome!

On a “Mission” to Feed the Homeless — REGISTRATION CLOSED

Help make sandwiches for Miami Rescue Mission for Homeless men, women and children. They provide a safe shelter, feed and provide employment in an effort to transform the lives of this community. Limit of 40 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Friends of the IDF

Decorate pillow cases, write letters and do other crafts to show our support for this dedicated group of Israeli soldiers who are daily putting their lives on the line to make Israel a safer place for all. FIDF provides critical funds for IDF soldiers and their families addressing their educational, financial, and emotional needs. Limit of 40 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Painting for Pediatric Patients

Help paint canvases for pediatric patients at the Victor Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital – an entity dedicated to the prevention of inherited diseases common among the Jewish Population. Brighten up a family’s day with your cheerful artwork! Limit of 35 volunteers. All ages welcome!

Rainbow Connection with Tikva House Ukraine

Create beautiful rainbow loom bracelets for Tikva House in the Ukraine and Skype with the kids there. 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 there and potential emigration to Israel. Limit of 25 volunteers.  All ages welcome!

DONATIONS — Another mitzvah opportunity! We are collecting the following items:

• Baby formula for PATCHES
• Gently-used children’s books (baby books, first readers and picture books) for the Read to Learn Books for Free literacy initiative of The Children’s Trust. Drop them in the bins around campus.
• Feminine hygiene products for the Dignity Project through GMJF
• Toiletry items, towels or personal care items for the Women’s Shower program at Camillus House
• To help our Tikkun Olam Committee defray the costs of Mitzvah Day please click here

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

Help the Tikkun Olam Committee defray some of the
costs incurred in presenting Mitzvah Day 2019
Click Here to Make a Donation

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