Sports Fundraiser

If you are a sports enthusiast, here’s a sports fundraiser idea: a sports-a-thon! What’s your favorite sport? Basketball? Baseball? Swimming? Diving? Skiing? Doesn’t matter. Pick a sport and pick a challenge. Then get people to support you in your efforts to complete that challenge.

There are a couple of different ways to organize your sports fundraiser. Set a time limit and a task and get pledges for each time you complete your task. For example: For a basketball player, get people to pledge a (nickel, dime, quarter, etc.) for every basket you can Continue reading

Passover Mitzvah Project

Passover provides us with many great themes for mitzvah projects. Here are just a few themes and ideas for Passover mitzvah projects:

1. Renewal and rejuvenation: The parsley and the egg on the seder plate remind us that it is spring and a time for life to renew itself. This is a great theme for an Continue reading

Host the Amazing Race at Your Temple

Looking to breathe new life into Mitzvah Day? Host the Amazing Race at your temple. It’s a really fun way to learn something new, do some great things for the temple and your community, and tap into people’s competitive spirit.

I don’t know how things work in your synagogue but here’s how we did it: we came up with 10-20 projects that people could do both at the temple and in the community. People signed up for 1 or 2, did their thing and then went home.

Modeling it after the Amazing Race may require Continue reading

Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags

Recycle Plastic Grocery Bags

recycle plastic grocery bagsIf you are crafty, you can recycle plastic grocery bags into all sorts of new objects. You can fuse them together into solid sheets to be used like fabric or you can cut them into strips to be used like yarn (called “plarn”). A quick search on youtube will reveal all sorts of ideas from tote bags to dog leashes. Here are a few suggestions on how to recycle plastic grocery bags for your bar mitzvah project, a youth group project or a temple’s mitzvah day project:

  1. Ask permission to leave a large tub in the synagogue lobby where people can drop of their (clean) used grocery bags.
  2. Send home flyers or make announcements during services asking people to drop off their bags in the appropriately marked tub.
  3. Use those bags to create Continue reading