B'NEI MITZVAH PROJECTS
Dylan Tavdi will be called to the Torah on March 16, 2024 at Temple Beth Sholom.
Dylan's mitzvah project, inspired by his love for basketball, involves raising funds for Hoops For Kids, an organization in Netanya, Israel, which aims to empower at-risk youth through the sport. The project seeks to provide impoverished children in Israel with free tickets to professional basketball games, allowing them to engage with positive role models and learn essential life skills like communication, teamwork, and goal-setting. Through partnerships with professional basketball players from Barak Netanya and after-school programs, Hoops For Kids facilitates mentorship opportunities and fosters a sense of community among the youth, ultimately striving to expand its impact globally.
Netanya Hoops For Kids has already made significant strides, providing over 3,000 tickets for children to attend Barak Netanya basketball games and launching campaigns to engage both local and global communities in supporting their cause. By emphasizing the importance of education, discipline, and healthy lifestyles alongside basketball, the program aims to equip children with the tools they need to thrive and become positive contributors to their communities. Through Dylan's dedication to this meaningful project, he is not only celebrating his transition into adulthood but also making a tangible difference in the lives of vulnerable youth, both locally and internationally.
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Levi Schaner will be called to the Torah on April 13, 2024 at Temple Beth Sholom.
Levi's Mitzvah project is to help raise funds for American Friends of Neve Hanna Children's Home.
Since 1974, Neve Hanna Children’s Home in Kiryat Gat, Israel, has provided a loving home for children from distressed and dysfunctional family circumstances. They are children from Ukraine, Ethiopia, Middle Eastern immigrants, and native-born Israelis. Sadly, these children have been victims of poverty abuse, parental neglect, mental illness, and addiction in the home. These at-risk youth come to Neve Hanna where their physical, emotional, and educational needs are met. Neve Hanna is affiliated with the Masorti Movement as a Kehillah, the only one of its kind in Israel. The children’s home provides individual therapy, remedial instruction, and extensive enrichment leisure time programs to the children to help them thrive. Neve Hanna offers these at-risk youth the chance to grow beyond the circumstances from which they emerged. This loving, nurturing, and therapeutic environment gives the children the opportunity to heal, thrive and become responsible contributing adults of society. Many go on to build successful careers and raise healthy families. Neve Hanna aims to instill in its children, a sense of self-worth and an attachment to Jewish Tradition and values. Donations are greatly appreciated and can be made by clicking on the link. Donate - American Friends of Neve Hanna (charityproud.org)
This mitzvah project is meaningful to me because there are so many children suffering in Israel because of what happened on October 7th, 2023.
Julia Levin was called to the Torah on February 17, 2024 at Temple Beth Sholom.
Julia’s Mitzvah project is to raise money and awareness for the National Gaucher (“go-shay”) Foundation. The National Gaucher Foundation funds research and provides education and networking opportunities for those suffering from Gaucher Disease, a condition which affects Julia. People with Gaucher disease lack an enzyme which breaks down a fatty substance in cells. As a result, a waste product can build up in the liver, spleen, and bone marrow. This causes many different symptoms. Approximately 1 out of 40,000 people in the general population have Gaucher Disease; it affects 1 out of 450 Ashkenazi Jews. GD can be treated with enzyme replacement therapy administered by infusion for children or with a pill newly available for adults. Due to the rareness of the disease in the general population, treatment can be prohibitively expensive. The NGF helps patients who need assistance pay for treatment. Please consider donating!
Benjamin Rosencrantz was called to the Torah on January 13, 2024 at Temple Beth Sholom.
My bar mitzvah project supports the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund. The mission of Shiloh is to heal the trauma of children who are victims of terror. Shiloh was started by David Rubin, the former mayor of Shiloh, Israel, after he and his three-year-old son were attacked by Islamic terrorists. David’s son was struck by a bullet and after all of his surgeries and physical recovery, it became clear that his young child, as well as countless other victims, also needed therapy to work through the trauma.
After the recent attacks in Israel, I feel strongly that Israel needs our support more than ever. To raise money for the Shiloh fund, I organized a charity soccer game and invited family, friends, classmates, and soccer teammates to play. My parents brought in drinks and an ice cream truck, everyone wore blue and white, and we all had a great time.
The event was a huge success and donations were encouraged. Further donations for this worthy cause can be made at https://www.israelchildren.org
Noah & Layla Sabet were called to the Torah on November 4, 2023 at Temple Beth Sholom.
Our mitzvah project focuses on giving people opportunities. All our life we have loved sports, including basketball, tennis, and football. We can’t fathom the fact that people are deprived of the opportunity to play sports because of their physical disability. This is why we are dedicating our Mitzvah Project to the Israel ParaSport Center.
We attended a fundraiser for the Center in Los Angeles and were really touched by the athlete’s stories and how they were given so many opportunities through the Center. We met the players, saw them play a game of wheelchair basketball, and heard up close how the Center made their lives better.
The Israel ParaSport Center, located in Israel, allows Israelis who have physical disabilities and are not able to play competitive sports to do so. The Center supplies its community with wheelchairs, instructors, and a state-of-the-art facility with courts, fields, and pools. We are happy to be supporting this cause and helping people have the opportunity to do something that they love.
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