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Mitzvah Week

Mitzvah Morning, Sunday, November 22, 2020

TBA MITZVAH WEEK 2020 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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Under the current circumstances, Mitzvah Day 2020 will be—to say the least—unusual! Because we will be unable to gather at the Temple, MITZVAH WEEK will culminate on Sunday, November 22, a day when we can socialize and engage in volunteer opportunities as a community.
Mitzvah Week will be a virtual at-home affair, with families and individuals creating projects and collecting items AT HOME and then dropping them off at the Temple.

Sign-ups will commence on Sunday, November 15, and projects must be delivered to the Temple no later than 1:00 PM on Sunday, November 22.

To make collections and project completion easier, we have created a set of instructions you can follow to make this event a success—for the Temple, for the families who participate, and for those who receive the fruits of our labors. Below, you will find the list of available projects, sign up links, and links to any specific instructions needed to complete a project!
While COVID-19 may have interrupted schooling, work, worship, and socializing, we can still help those near and far through TBA’s MITZVAH WEEK 2020!

NOTE ABOUT DROPPING OFF ITEMS: Everyone dropping off on Sunday, November 22, must wear a mask. Put items in your trunk. Stay in your car when you pull up in the circle. Someone will take the items out of your trunk. If you are dropping off your items during the week before Mitzvah Day, please do so between the hours of 12:00 and 4:00 PM (after school has dismissed). Put them in the designated boxes in front of the main Temple doors.

Mitzvah Week Collections & Drives

MITZVAH DAY MINYAN
mitzvah day minyan
Sunday, November 22, at 8:30 AM via Zoom or Facebook Live
Sponsored by Men’s Club
Zoom link to be provided by Temple email.

Weekday Shacharit Siddur Sim Shalom PDF

ttto midday run photoTEEN TIKKUN OLAM MIDDAY RUN
Drop off at the Temple on Sunday, November 22, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
(Rain date, Sunday, November 29)

The TBA Teen Tikkun Olam group is collecting new coats, hats, gloves, socks, hoodies, diapers, wipes, and formula to be donated to NCJW and Livingston Philanthropies for distribution to those in need. Everything must be NEW (because of COVID-19). They are also collecting canned goods to bring vital food support to hungry, disadvantaged families in our community. This food will be distributed by the JRA (Jewish Relief Agency) of MetroWest. TTO is also collecting toys and storing them for December.
Sponsored by Teen Tikkun Olam
◊ Project Volunteer Coordinator: Arleen Lichtenstein, TTO Leader

 

 

 

diaper driveDIAPER DRIVE
Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12-4 PM M-F, through Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Moms Helping Moms
Donate diapers and wipes to be distributed to needy moms in Newark.
Sponsored by The Early School and The Parents Council
◊ Project Volunteer Coordinator:
Debbie Ziering, Erika Lippman
◊ No registration required.

girls helping girls periodGIRLS HELPING GIRLS.PERIOD

 

Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, M-F, through Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

A local organization started by two teenage sisters in South Orange, GHG.P collects menstrual products for women, trans men and non-binary individuals and donates them to shelters and schools in need of period products and education on menstrual health. Please bring unopened boxes of ultra-thin pads (regular and super) to the Temple so we can fulfill the mission of GHG.P.
NOTE:
Please do NOT purchase boxes of products at Costco; they contain too many pads for one person and must be sorted into smaller portions for distribution. Please purchase pads in boxes of 30-36. No pantiliners or Tampons, please.
Sponsored by Social Action Committee
◊ Project Volunteer Coordinator: Arlene Bookbinder◊ No registration required.

COLLECTION OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS, GAMES, & PUZZLEScollection of childrens books and puzzles
Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, M-F,
through Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Many children learning from home often do not have access to books, games, or puzzles. Go through your children’s libraries and game closets and donate gently used children’s books, games, puzzles (NO stuffed animals) to be distributed to inner-city schools and local area shelters. Please be sure that any puzzles or games you donate have all the pieces!
Sponsored by Social Action Committee

◊ Project Volunteer Coordinators: Honi & Bennett Wasserman
◊ No registration required.

 

 

 

Jewish soldier projectJEWISH SOLDIER PROJECT
Drop off at the Temple on Sunday, November 22, from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon

Write and decorate letters to Jewish soldiers in the U.S. and all over the world. Instructions provided to students by the JLP.
Sponsored by the Jewish Learning Program
◊ Project Volunteer Coordinator: Melissa Weiner, JLP Director
◊ No registration required.

 

 

 

 

photos of supportPHOTOS OF SUPPORT

Make a sign to show your support and thanks to the hospital workers, police, fire department, and other essential workers. Gather your family, hold up the sign, and take a picture. Send your photograph to the Temple so it can be posted on the TBA Livingston Instagram page! Sponsored by the Jewish Learning Program

 

Mitzvah Week Projects with Instructions

SEW A COVID-19 MASK BY HAND
SEW A COVID-19 MASK BY HAND

Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, M-F, through
Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Following instructions below using materials found in your home, sew masks to prevent the spread of COVID. Put them into individual sandwich bags and drop them off at the Temple for distribution to people in need via various food banks and shelters. Sponsored by Social Action Committee
Suitable for ages 7+
Project Volunteer Coordinator: Ruth Ross
◊ Registration required; please indicate names of volunteers
→Email your registrationevieross@comcast.net                                                                         

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How to sew a mask PDF

 

doggie toys for our furry friendsDOGGIE TOYS FOR FURRY FRIENDS
Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12:00 to 4:00 PM M-F, through Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

During the pandemic, many pets have been given up to shelters when their owners have found it difficult to care for them. Many have been adopted, but those who remain in shelters need toys to keep them happy and content. Using materials found in every home, you can create clever, simple toys for our furry friends by following the instructions below. This was one of our most popular projects at the 2019 Mitzvah Day. Sponsored by Social Action Committee

Suitable ages 4+
◊ Registration required; please indicate names of volunteers
→Email your registration to evieross@comcast.net

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1- Octopus dog toy PDF
2- Tee shirt rope dog toy PDF
3-Dog toy from old jeans PDF

FEED OUR FEATHERED FRIENDSfeedign our feathered friend milk carton
No need to bring your bird feeder to the Temple. Hang it on a tree outside your home, and watch the birds gather to eat!

During the winter, birds often have difficulty finding food. We have compiled instructions below, geared to various ages, to make bird feeders, which you can hang on a branch outside your home so our feathered friends will not go hungry. The birds coming to eat provide great entertainment. Binoculars not necessary!  Sponsored by Social Action Committee

Project Volunteer Coordinator: Ruth Ross
Suitable for ages 3+
◊ No registration required.


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1-Soda bottle bird feeder PDF 
2-Milk Carton bird feeder PDF
3Bird feeder for younger children to create PDF

 

 

LIVELY LETTERS OF LOVELIVELY LETTERS OF LOVE
Drop off at the Temple from Monday, November 16, 12:00 to 4:00 PM, M-F, through
Sunday, November 22, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Many people in nursing homes cannot receive visitors due to COVID-19 restrictions. A personal note from a young (or young-at-heart) person would go a long way to cheering up our isolated senior citizens. Following instructions HERE, write a newsy letter, put it in an envelope—along with a picture of yourself, if possible—and drop it off at the Temple. It will be delivered to local nursing homes and senior residences.
Sponsored by Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection
Suitable for ages 4+

Project Volunteer Coordinator: Donna Ellenbogen, Sisterhood Co-President
◊ Registration required; please indicate names of volunteers →Email your registration: familywellness1@aol.com

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Write Letters of Love PDF

 

 

 

COOKIES FOR CARING FIRST RESPONDERScookies for first responders
Because this is food, strict drop off at the Temple on Sunday, November 22,
12 Noon to 1:00 PM

Bake cookies to be distributed to local first responders—police and fire departments and emergency medical technicians.

Instructions button→Please do not use nuts or peanut butter. Put the cookies in plastic bags and drop them off at the Temple at the designated time. These treats can be baked during the week prior to delivery date and frozen in plastic bags to keep them fresh.
Sponsored by Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection

Project Volunteer Coordinator: Deborah Jacob, Sisterhood Co-President (DJ email:
◊ Registration required; please indicate names of volunteers
→Email your registration: dvineberg@gmail.com

 

 

 

lunches of love

LUNCHES OF LOVE
Because this involves food, strict drop off at the Temple on Sunday, November 22, 12 Noon to 1:00 PM

Email your registration:president@janetpennconsulting.com

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Lunches of Love PDF

 

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