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Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day 2021

Temple Isaiah’s 21st Annual Mitzvah Day
Sunday, May 16, 2021

Mitzvah Day 2021 will look a little different this year! We welcome everyone to participate in this CONGREGATION-WIDE celebration in a way that is comfortable for you! We offer in-person, socially distanced projects as well as projects that can be done on your own time in your home. We are also hosting book and supply drives, and more! Let's work together in doing something important, meaningful, and fun. Our work supports those in desperate need and together we can make a difference. And, even if you do not sign up for a project we invite you to swing by on May 16, say hello and pick up your Mitzvah Day 2021 string bag!

PARTICIPATE IN MITZVAH DAY!

  • Volunteer to work on one or more of the many projects offered. There are still slots available.

  • If you are not available to particpate on May 16, do a your own Mitzvah and let us know what you did! Volunteer at a local area farm or at one of the organizations receiving our support this Mitzvah Day, pick up trash in your town, drop off cookies to a home-bound neighbor, do a good deed for a stranger. The options are limitless!

  • TAKE lots of PICTURES!  Whatever project you do, please take photos and short videos. We plan to make a montage to share with the Temple Isaiah community. Email all photos to [email protected]

  • Donate children's books (pre-K - 8th), atlases, puzzles, crayons, children's puzzles, rubber bands, and adult and children's CDs (music or audiobooks) to help build libraries in Africa. Bring them to the Temple parking lot on May 16. No need to sign up, just show up!

  • Donate supplies for domestic violence survivors: laundry detergent, dish soap, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, Clorox/Lysol antiseptic wipes. Bring items to the Temple parking lot on May 16. No need to sign up, just show up!

  • Get your car washed by LEFTY teens, between 10a.m. - 1 p.m. in the circular drive (side door area). Suggested donation $10 (cash/venmo), proceeds going to Cradles-to-Crayons.

  • Make a financial donation! All donations go towards the purchase of food and supplies for the projects.

    • Donate online on the Temple Isaiah websiteClick on the drop down for “Social Action-Mitzvah Day” fund.
    • Send a check to Temple Isaiah, 55 Lincoln Street, Lexington, MA 02421 (please write Mitzvah Day in the memo line)
      • Categories of Menschlichkeit (a person admired, respected, and trusted because of an uncompromising sense of ethics, fairness and justice). Feel free to mix & match categories.
        Ruth Bader Ginsberg - $218       
        Rabbi Howard Jaffe - $118
        Jonas Salk - $54
        Double Chai - $36
        Chai - $18

Questions about anything? Contact us at [email protected]
Mitzvah Day Steering Committee: Leah Baigell, Audrey Gould, Audra Hamilton, Dawn Kociubes

Date: 05/16/2021 (Sun.)

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Available Slot Location Time (EDT)

ON-SITE OUTDOORS - Greeters & Schleppers

Help carry supplies from car trunks as they are delivered to the Temple parking lot

Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (4)

 
3 of 4 slots filled
Mary Dana Gershanoff
Jim Maguire
Jessica Markowitz

OUTDOOR CLEAN UP for seniors in Bedford

1-2 hours of light outdoor clean up for seniors who need your help. Tasks may include light raking, weeding, mulching (provided by seniors), changing outdoor light bulbs, filling bird feeders. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Sienna Cohen

Various addresses in Bedford 

10:30am - 12:30pm (10)

 
4 of 10 slots filled
Justine Cohen
Family of 4
Elaine Read
Sophie Read
Stacey Mann
Stacey Mann (family of 4)
Amanda Sheehan
Amanda Gigi and Harry

OUTDOOR CLEAN UP - Minuteman National Park

Meet at the Visitor Center, Marrett Rd, Lexington. Numerous tasks that will allow for social distancing, including raking, seeding, trail cleanup, moving gate posts, and more. Great for all ages. Project Captain: Rebecca Grossman

Minuteman National Park Visitors Center, 250 N Great Rd (2A/Marrett Rd), Lincoln, MA 

10:30am - 12:30am (30)

 
29 of 30 slots filled
Jason Gould
Jason & Violet Gould
Jodi Sperber (3)
Emily Messinger
Rebecca Grossman Grossman (4)
Linda Mintz (3)
Pavlik, Linda and Simon Mintz
Maija Benjamins
Marnie Weinberg (4)
2 adults 2 kids
Rachel Oliveri (4)
Ann / Elliott Renauer / Gimble (2)
2 Adults
Rachel Summers
Karyn Cohen
Keren Averback (4)

NOTECARDS - Make greeting cards for various projects.

Make greeting cards to brighten the day of those receiving blessing bags. Stay when you drop off blessing bags or come to Isaiah just for this project. Temple parking lot. One sign up slot per household. Project Captains: Liz Cohen & FayeRuth Fisher

Temple Isaiah parking lot 

10:30am - 12:30pm (12)

 
10 of 12 slots filled
Lilah Byers
REBECCA SMERLING
Lisa Foo
Kate Hadden
Hadden Family
Heidi Hoffman
Melleta Marx
Meryl Junik
Lela Jacobsohn
Jacobsohn/Resnick family
Lilian Dayan Cimadoro
Susan Koegel
Koegel Family (3)

MITZVAH DAY 2021 Photo Montage Maker

Collect photos and videos from project participants and create a photo/video/music montage commemorating the day

Your home 

 
Gail Maurer

FOOD: Prepare bagged lunches in your home

Prepare 10 bagged lunches for individuals at the Community Day Center of Waltham day shelter. Volunteers will be asked to purchase lunch supplies. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Shirley Paley

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

11:00am - 11:30pm (8)

 
All slots filled
Robin Abrams
Linda Farkas-Wagner
Burstein Family
Lela Jacobsohn
Jacobsohn/Resnick Family, any food restrictions on this activity?
Shirley Paley
Emily Cooper (3)
We will make 30 lunches all together

OUTDOOR CLEAN UP - Lexington Parks & Recreation, Lower Vine Brook

Rake, weed and outdoor clean up. 10:30 - 12:30, meet at project site. Great for all ages. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Ruthie Liberman

Lower Vine Brook, 8 Brookwood Road, Lexington 

10:30am - 12:30pm (12)

 
All slots filled
Karen Laufer
Kate Hadden
Hadden Family (5)
Sara Bothwell Allen (4)
Faye Hollander
Family of 3
Lynn Melnick
Lela Jacobsohn
Jacobsohn/Resnick family
Sarah Popper
Pam Tames (2)

COMMUNITY - Food Link in Arlington

Help at this local food rescue with tasks such as deep cleaning of their indoor space, outdoor cleanup, cleaning vans, and more. Project Captain: Lauren Jordahl

Food Link, 108 Summer St, Arlington, MA 

1:00pm - 3:00pm (6)

 
All slots filled
Mary Hart
Nancy Shepard (2)
Hans Heilman also
Sara Melnick
Jen Prior (2)
Self and two daughters

BLESSING BAGS - Baby Bundles for JF&CS

Pack up a collection of newborn supplies for new mothers in tenuous situations. Supplies provided to you in advance; drop off completed bags on 5/16. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Lauren Kociubes

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (4)

 
All slots filled
Courtney Lauriat
REBECCA SMERLING
Heather Ford
Deniz Razon
Deniz razon

BLESSING BAGS- Kid's Kits for Casa Nueva Vida

Pack up kits of school supplies and activities for children in this family shelter. Supplies provided to you in advance; drop off completed kits on 5/16. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Rachel Gould

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (4)

 
All slots filled
Holly Rossi
Deniz Razon
Deniz razon
Nicole Eaton
Ann Lieberman
The Liebermans (Jacob, Mason, Skye)

BLESSING BAGS- Toiletry Totes for Casa Nueva Vida

Pack up welcome tote bags for women in this family shelter. Supplies provided to you in advance; drop off completed totes on 5/16. Project Captain: Janey Solis

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm

 
Janey Solis

BLESSING BAGS- Supply bags for the Malden Warming Center

Pack up bags of toiletries and supplies for individuals at this cold weather shelter. Supplies provided to you in advance; drop off completed bags on 5/16. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Karin Ornstein

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (4)

 
All slots filled
Deniz Razon
Deniz razon
Coreen McCool
Kate Hadden
Hadden Family
Nicole Horst

BLESSING BAGS- Supply bags for Pine Street Inn

Pack up supplies, including mini toiletries, socks, rain ponchos, and more, for individuals at this homeless shelter. Supplies provided to you in advance; drop off completed bags on 5/16. One sign up slot per household. Project Captain: Susan Harris

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (4)

 
All slots filled
Holly Rossi
Deniz Razon
Deniz razon
Kimberlee Schumacher
Samantha Baron

CRAFTS - Assemble fleece baby blankets in your home

We provide the fleece, you cut and knot the fringe to make a warm baby blanket to be given to new mothers in tenuous situations. Indicate how many blankets you will make. Project Captain: Lauren Kociubes

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (24)

 
All slots filled
Lilah Byers
Lisa Foo
REBECCA SMERLING
Abby Brown
Sue & Amanda Offsey (4)
Tiffany Rech (4)
Carol Millard (2)
Chloe Alterman (2)
Leslie Meltzer (4)
Sarah Schwartz
Mitzvah Day
Meryl Junik (2)

CRAFTS - Knitzvah - knit in your home

Knit hats for babies ages 0 - 6 months. These hats go to new moms in tenuous situations at JF&CS. Project Captain: Harriet Silverman

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (90)

 
57 of 90 slots filled
Sydney Pearlman (3)
Abby Brown
Hilary Kent (3)
Joann Brennan (5)
Laura Lees
Linda Wolk (8)
amy weinstock (3)
Shelley Slater
Sara Bothwell Allen (3)
Sylvia Frazer
Masha Traber
Suzanne Frank (25)
Karen Funkenstein
Faye Hollander
Is there a suggested pattern?

FOOD - Bake cookies in your home - NO NUTS

Bake and package 3 dozen cookies (nut free) for individuals in homeless shelters. One sign up slot per household.

Your home/ drop off at Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (10)

 
All slots filled
Amy Roschelle
Linda Farkas-Wagner
Burstein Family
Ali Jordahl
Coreen McCool
Jessica Brett
Shelley Sereni
Lila Heideman
Melleta Marx
Susanne Hafer

BROTHERHOOD - Desk Kits (ignore the count, it's a placeholder). Contact Jeff Gilman

Desk Mates - Build desks for underserved youth. All supplies provided. For more information contact Jeff Gilman at [email protected]

 

 
Nicole Eaton

SISTERHOOD SUPPLY DRIVE

Bring in supplies for domestic violence survivors at REACH. Needed items include: laundry detergent, paper towels, toilet paper, tissues, Clorox/Lysol type antiseptic wipes, dish soap. For more information contact Diane Yasgur at [email protected]

Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (30)

 
3 of 30 slots filled
Renee Gelin
Ellen Glisker
Lilian Dayan Cimadoro

CHILDREN'S BOOK DRIVE

Help build libraries in Africa! Drop off books for kids in preK-8th grade, atlases, flashcards, crayons, colored pencils, children's puzzles, rubber bands, music and audio book CDs for kids & adults. Questions? Contact Lily ([email protected]).

Temple Isaiah 

10:00am - 1:00pm (500)

 
5 of 500 slots filled
Melleta Marx
I have English dictionaries & puzzles. OK?
Faye Hollander
Lela Jacobsohn
Jacobsohn/Resnick family
Karen Budnick
Michele Hilley

TEEN/LEFTY PROJECT - CAR WASH - proceeds going to Cradles-to-Crayons

Come and get for car washed in the Temple parking lot. Suggested donation $10 (cash or venmo). For more information & teen/LEFTY sign ups contact Jennie Goldfarb at [email protected] Project Captain: Emily Rosenthal

Temple Isaiah parking lot (circular drive near side door) 

10:00am - 1:00pm

 
Amy Roschelle
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