Mitzvah Day 2018

Mitzvah Day 2018

Join your MRT Family on Sunday, October 14th for a day of service and fun as we work together to repair the world one small step at a time!

We have a wide range of service activities planned for all ages and are sure there is something to inspire your inner volunteer!

We encourage families to sign up together, but if you're heading to separate activities, please note children under 12 must be signed up with a parent. There is no school on Mitzvah Day and there will not be childcare.

Instructions for Sign-Up:

  1. Read the activity descriptions below.
  2. Choose an Activity.
  3. Sign-up on this site. In the "Comments" portion of your response, please list all family members participating. A comment is required for your sign up to be completed. 

A reminder will be sent to you a few days prior to Mitzvah Day. The Project Coordinator will also reach out with any special instructions for your activity (ie: gloves, cleaning supplies, etc...) as well as directions to offsite projects. Unless a project is indicated as "offsite", it is occurring at MRT.

We're also looking for help feeding our hungry volunteers. We appreciate you signing up to bring one of the food items as well. Thank you for supporting Mitzvah Day! 

Date: 10/14/2018 (Sun.)

Time: 9:00am EDT

Location: Monmouth Reform Temple

Created by:   Karen Seligman
Already signed up? You can change your sign up.

Available Slot

Singing for Seniors (40)

For All Ages. All musicians and children encouraged! (OFF SITE) Coordinator: Cantor Clissold

10 of 40 slots filled
Gabrielle Clissold
As the leader I pledge to attend!
Ellie Bates
What time?!
Zack Jonah (2)
Zack and Jonah will be going. I'm not sure if I can make it as I have to work the Women Rock event on the same day.
Peter Seligman (3)
Peter, Lyra, and Teddy.
Amy Sukinik (3)
Amy, Rosie and Reid if Bag Brigade is done in time

Kula Farm (20)

Help harvest, mulch, and weed the farm. All ages. (OFFSITE). Coordinator: Ellen Goldberg

4 of 20 slots filled
Ellen Goldberg
I will be leading this project
Elliott Familant
I'm in!
Jay Goldberg
Can’t wait to help out.
Simon Clissold
Simon Clissold is coming

Bag Brigade (20)

Help us bag donated toiletries for Project Homelessness Connect. Ages 12 and under with parent. Coordinator: Amy Sukinik

All slots filled
Susan Forman (4)
Brian Susan and Joey and Ashley Forman to assist
Rory Batzar (4)
Rory Batzar (4 people)
Jayme Lowenstein (4)
Looking forward to helping out
Sara Dollar (4)
looking forward
Lia Hecht (2)
Karin Kelner (2)
Max and I will be there

Crafts for a Cause

Use your creative gifts to make chew toys for shelter dogs, paint a rock for our new Chesed Garden, make ornaments for Holiday Express and more. All Ages. Coordinator: Karen Seligman

46 slots filled - more available
Anna Gutsin (2)
Jacob and I are looking forward to it.
Melissa Dura (4)
Rebecca, Sammi and I are looking forward to it.
Cori Patterson (3)
Aiden, Kayla and Cori
Lisa Grand (2)
Juni and I look forward to this.
Amy Sukinik (2)
Rosie and Reid will be doing crafts while I’m coordinating Bag Brigade
Faith Leifman
Amy Leifman will do crafts
Priya Fox (4)
Priya, Silver, Greyson, and Coleton
Kim spector (2)
chew toys and rocks for the garden
Evan Wigdortz
Talya is working this for me
Sherri Harris
Liz Tolchin (2)
Seth and Eli
Ellen Lichtig
Sounds like fun
Emily Wood
Emily, Lucy, Nina
Melissa Makower (5)
jackie brustein
Jonah brustein
Remi Brewer
Merryl Tuller (4)
Sally Weisbrot
Brian, Sally and Joshua will help make crafts
Bruce Kalbrosky (2)
looking forward to coming
Emma Szitanko
Looking forward to it!
Rebecca Schneider
I will be there!
Jeff Cohen (3)
Can't Wait
Hope Schneider
See you there!

Knitting / Crocheting Soap S.A.C.K.S (10)

Pattern provided, but not lessons. Sacks will be donated to various local shelters. All ages, but must already know how to knit or crochet. Coordinator: Susan St. Lifer

4 of 10 slots filled
Karen Levinsky
Karen Levinsky
Susan St. Lifer
Fun, quick and easy to make!
Linda Ourach
I have cotton yarn & crochet hooks to share
Stacy Wiener
Looking forward to the event!

Letters to those in Need in our Community and Beyond (20)

Reach out to those in need in our community and/or men and women serving in our armed forces. All Ages. Coordinator: Caryl Sills

3 of 20 slots filled
Judith Wigdortz
I'll help with whatever you need
Susan Whyman
Words matter!
Caryl Sills
No comment

Monmouth County Park System Trail Maintenance (8)

Maintenance and clean-up at the Henry Hudson Trail.  All ages.   (OFF SITE). Coordinator:  Jay Wiesenfeld

All slots filled
Rob Wold
Just tell he how to get there
Rori Davis (3)
Jason Davis, Rori Davis and Ethan Davis
Brenda Tuller
trail point?
Mark Gruensfelder
In honor of Barry Miller, may he rest in peace, who championed this cause starting around 4 years ago.
David Schmetterer (2)
Potentially 4 of us if that is OK - where do we meet and does the Parks System know we are doing this?

CPR Training (12)

Ages 12+ Coordinator: Dean Ross


MRT Outdoor Clean Up (20)

Help beautify our outdoor spaces. Raking, trimming, etc. For ages 12+ Coordinator: Steve Gaudette

2 of 20 slots filled
Dylan Schneider
I will be there!
Scott Schneider
I will be there!

Gan Mazon (10)

Ready the garden for winter. Ages 15+ Coordinator: David Levinsky

3 of 10 slots filled
David Levinsky
Contact David to answer any questions about this project.
ELMO And WILL Cohen (2)
Ground work for next years garden of plenty.

MRT Paint Crew (4)

Freshen up select interiors spaces with a new coat of paint. Ages 16+ Coordinator: Steve Gaudette

1 of 4 slots filled
Jay Feigus
Ready to Paint!!

Stock The Center's Fridge (8)

Make meals to be frozen for The Center in Asbury (OFFSITE). Coordinator: Linda Murray

All slots filled
Linda Murray
Linda Murray
Cheryl Gaudette
Cheryl Gaudette
Nancy Zaslowe (2)
Nancy & Peter Zaslowe
Linda Burstein (2)
Linda and Larry Burstein
Marcia Rachlin
Marcia Rachlin
Maxine Klatsky
Maxine Klatsky

Family Promise Training Session (15)

Participants will learn more about Family Promise programs to help the homeless and be trained to volunteer. Minimum of 4 participants. Training runs from 10-11:30am. Ages 16and up, Ages 12-16, with a parent. Coordinator: Kay Wiesenfeld

6 of 15 slots filled
Linda Burstein
I am also signed up to cook at the Center but dont want to miss this opportunity.
Lauren Cooper (2)
Looking forward to learning more.
Kay Wiesenfeld
please join me
Nancy Baskin
I’m interested learning about and helping with the homeless in our community
James Brewer
My Comment

Lunch Break Life Skills Program Introduction (15)

Learn more about this new program, providing adult mentors to adults entering the workforce. Minimum 4 participants. Session runs from 11:30 am - 12:15pm ADULTS ONLY. Coordinator: Kay Wiesenfeld

6 of 15 slots filled
Susan Whyman
Looking forward to this
Kay Wiesenfeld
please join me
Beverly Gruensfelder
Looking forward to this program
Peg Baker
Look forward to it. 1130
Joe Wilkes
looking forward to it
James Brewer
My Comment

Lunch Break Life Skills House (4)

Volunteers will work under a site supervisor on painting, and possibly sheetrock work and building a ramp. ADULTS ONLY. OFFSITE. Coordinator: Jay Wiesenfeld.

2 of 4 slots filled
Rita McWilliams
Want to learn sheetrock
Brett Tuller
See you there.

MRT Kitchen Crew Shift 1 - 11am (6)

Help us prep and serve food for our volunteers. Adults Only Coordinator: Margie Wold

All slots filled
Marjorie Wold
I’ll be there all day.
lois wilkes
busy hands are happy hands
Faith Leifman
Faith Leifman will work in the kitchen
Nadine Vicenzi
Please put me and Ellen Nash on this shift. Thanks
Carol Brichke
11AM shift
Joseph Hand

MRT Kitchen Crew Shift 2 - 12pm (6)

Help us prep and serve food for our volunteers. Adults Only Coordinator: Margie Wold

5 of 6 slots filled
Marjorie Wold
I’ll be there all day.
Mara Borack
I can be there all day
Faith Leifman
Faith Leifman will work in the kitchen
Jim Halpern
can help out as long as I get to sit for a few minutes when my leg hurts
Joseph Hand

MRT Kitchen Crew Shift 3 - 2pm (6)

Help us clean up after lunch. Adults Only Coordinator: Margie Wold

1 of 6 slots filled
Marjorie Wold
I’ll be there all day.

Fruit Salad (4)


Green Salad (4)

Please specify in comments what you plan to bring

2 of 4 slots filled
Susan St. Lifer
I will bring a large green(mixed lettuce) salad with tomatoes, carrots, and other veggies.
Ellen Goldberg
I will bring a kale salad

Pasta Salad (4)

Please specify in comments what you plan to bring

2 of 4 slots filled
Margie Wold
Orzo salad with veggies
Linda Ourach
Grilled chicken, garden veggies & pasta

Cole Slaw (cabbage, broccoli, etc...)

Please specify in comments what you plan to bring.

Cheryl Gaudette
2 bags asian salad costco

Bulk Varity Chip Snack Packs (5)

4 of 5 slots filled
Judith Wigdortz
I'll bring a package of individual bags