Inspire Jewish youth to give of themselves...
April 2014
Dear Friends,

I hope that it has been a wonderful month for you all! It has been a beautifully busy month here at Areyvut and we are loving every moment of it. Through Mitzvah Clown trainings, National Mitzvah Day, Teen Philanthropy, and a few Chesed Fairs, Areyvut has worked with over 500 Jewish youth in only 31 days! We thank you for your support, partnership, and for bringing us to your communities. April is shaping up to look just as packed as March so keep on reading to learn more...
Jessica Baer (L) and Shira Hammerman (R)
2014 Bergen County Breakfast
Areyvut is pleased to announce our 2014 Bergen County Breakfast  that will be taking place this Sunday, April 6th, from 9:30-11am at Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck. We are thrilled that this year, we will be honoring Jessica Baer of Fair Lawn with the Young Leadership Award and Shira Hammerman of West Orange with the Community Leadership Award. These incredible individuals have dedicated themselves to bettering their communities, the Jewish people, and the world at large.

Baer, a Fair Lawn native, has been involved with Areyvut since 2011 when she first saw an advertisement for Mitzvah Clowning. She is dedicated to tikkun olam- from her involvement in her synagogue to supporting the organization, Breaking the Chain Through Education, Baer has constantly reaffirmed her commitment to bettering the world.

Hammerman, a resident of West Orange, has been Areyvut's Educational Consultant since 2004. A former full-time educator, Hammerman has worked at various day schools and the Jewish Theological Seminary. She currently dabbles in just about everything- from her children's school to her synagogue's board, getting her Ph.D. and beyond.

For more information, to register for the breakfast or to make a donation, please visit our website.
We hope to see you there!
Mitzvah Clowning Galore!
In the month of March alone, Areyvut held Mitzvah Clown trainings and site visits in: Teaneck, Livingston, Rye, New York City, East Meadow, Queens, and Washington, D.C.. Over 200 residents and program participants were visited by our Mitzvah Clowns, who went to area senior homes and Friendship Circle meetings. Toba Grossbaum, the Program Director of the Friendship Circle of MetroWest, wrote, "Thank you so much for sending the Mitzvah Clowns! It brought so many smiles to all the children and helped us bring the Purim spirit to our children..."

Mitzvah Clowning, a unique, inter-generational program that has been spearheaded in recent years by Areyvut. Volunteers are taught the importance of bikkur cholim (visit the sick) and kavod habriyot (human dignity) and then equipped with the skills necessary to visit with the sick, elderly, and those with special needs. The program not onl inspires the youth, but it also increased adult participation, encourages families to volunteer together, and focuses on bringing support and happiness to those who need it the most.

If you are interested in bringing Mitzvah Clowning to your community, please email [email protected].
National Mitzvah Day
Areyvut was pleased to coordinate our tenth National Mitzvah Day, in conjunction with Good Deeds Day. We worked with 1500 people to help them make a difference in their local communities. Students in Jacksonville helped clean a cemetery, Beth Hillel Congregation Bnei Emunah in Wilmette made sandwiches for the hungry, and numerous communities led blood drives and brought in Mitzvah Clowns to visit with those most in need of a friendly visit.

Areyvut's National Mitzvah Day is an opportunity to get children, teens, and adults involved in acts of chesed and tikkun olam. We look forward to National Mitzvah Day 2015, happening March 13-15, 2015!

See us in Action...
We want you all to be able to see Areyvut in action! We invite you to come check out a program that is being run in your area. Check out our events page to find out when we'll be local!
For more information, email [email protected]
About Areyvut
Areyvut's mission is to infuse the lives of Jewish youth and teens with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity), and tikkun olam (social action), so that they become thoughtful, giving members of the Jewish community of tomorrow.

We offer day schools, congregational schools, synagogues, community centers, and individual families with a variety of opportunities to help them make these core values real and meaningful to their children.
Upcoming Events
4/2- 6-7:30pm- A Teen Philanthropy Experience @ Temple Shaaray Tefila

4/2, 4/9, 4/23- 7:30-8:30pm-  Mitzvah Clowning @ East Meadow Jewish Center

4/6- 9:30-11am- 2014 Bergen County Breakfast...donate and register today!

4/7- 6:30-8pm- Mitzvah Clowning @ Community Synagogue of Rye
4/27- 10am- Giving2Gether @ Temple Beth Shalom

4/27- 10:30-11:30am- Mitzvah Clowning @ Daughters of Israel
4/27- 11:30-1pm- NYC Mitzvah Clowning @ JASA Club 76  

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The Areyvut Team
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