Mitzvah of the Month

If you’d like to suggest an organization for next year, or to participate, please contact Alissa Frankel at [email protected]

October: Together We Rise – Most children entering foster care receive just two trash bags for their belongings. Together We Rise provides sweet cases (duffel bags with teddy bears, hygiene kits, and a blanket) as well as birthday boxes (with candy, party supplies, and gift cards) to foster kids. Help local children feel cared about by making a financial contribution throughout the month of October. Every $250 collected will allow us to purchase and put together 20 bags/boxes. Two ways you can participate: 1. Drop your cash donation into the box in the Temple lobby. 2. Donate online at https://www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/kitsforkids

November: Meals on Wheels – Pie It Forward: Join us and Pie It Forward this fall by supporting Meals on Wheels of the Palm Beaches this Thanksgiving season. Each pie sold for $25 provides a week full of fresh, nutritious meals for a homebound senior, along with wellness checks and visits from a friendly volunteer. And, you get a delicious pie, just in time for Thanksgiving! How you can participate: Visit www.mowpie.org and click on “Buy Pies”. Select your pies and enter team name “Peace of Pie” where indicated.

December: Back-to-Basics – The Back to Basics Angel Program provides nearly 8,000 needy elementary school students with the basic necessities of NEW sneakers, socks, underwear, and a toy each year during the holiday season. How you can participate: Select a Wish Card (or Wish Cards) with a child’s name, age, and sizes on it from the display in the Temple Beth Am lobby. Tape the child’s Wish Card to the outside of your wrapped gifts to show the child’s information. Return gifts to Temple Beth Am by Monday, December 10.

Christmas Day: MorseLife – On Tuesday, December 25, volunteer to make a resident’s day and also allow MorseLife employees to celebrate the holidays at home with their families. How you can participate: MorseLife is looking for volunteers for the following: to help serve breakfast (7:30am-11:00am); to assist in the cafeteria (10:30am-2:00pm); to help residents get to and from activities (1:30pm-4:30pm); and to help serve dinner (3:30pm-6:00pm). This is a great opportunity appropriate for anyone ages 10 and up. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) To volunteer, or for more information, contact Alissa Frankel.

January: Toiletry Drive – The Homeless Coalition operates a donation center, which serves as a collection point for donations and resources. Any family or individual experiencing homelessness who comes through the front doors seeking services and help is eligible to enter the donation center to get whatever they need to start over. This includes housewares, linens, toys, clothing, warm welcome kits, bikes, small appliances, small furniture, and more. How you can participate: Going on vacation over the holidays? Don’t throw away those unused travel toiletries. Gather up all the little bottles from your travels and participate in our toiletry drive by dropping them off at the Temple lobby by Monday, January 28. We will sort and package the toiletries to make kits for those who are transitioning from homelessness in our local area.

February: Yemin Orde – Yemin Orde is a youth village near Haifa in Israel. It provides a home, school, and safe haven to hundreds of at-risk immigrant youth from around the world. Donations collected during the month of February will go directly to help purchase new books, tables, chairs, and lamps for The Village's library, which recently burned down. How you can participate: If you'd like to contribute, you can drop cash in the donation box in the Temple lobby or you can donate directly through the Yemin Orde website at www.yeminorde.org

March: St. George’s Center – During the week of Purim, we ask everyone to bring in a box of penne pasta. It serves two purposes: an environmentally friendly grogger for stamping out Haman’s name, and a donation to Temple Beth Am’s monthly dinner for St. George’s Soup Kitchen. Our goal is to collect enough pasta to supply our dinners for the entire year!

April: Tikva – Before Passover, there is a Jewish practice of collecting money to cover the cost of matzah for the poor of the community. Tikva provides aid to at-risk children and the elderly in Odessa, including its population of Holocaust survivors. During the month of April we will be collecting money to provide these survivors with a Passover Seder. 

May: Children’s Outreach, Inc. – Temple Beth Am will hold a gently used book drive benefiting Children’s Outreach, Inc., of Palm Beach County. Drop off your gently used books in the Temple lobby anytime during the month of May. Please only children’s books in good condition.