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Mitzvah Day 2020

Temple Adat Shalom

March 15, 2020
Enter through Social Hall in Back of Building

Thank you for your interest in Mitzvah Day 2020!
You can help by contributing to our Mitzvah Day Drives, participating in a Mitzvah Project, or donating money to help cover the event costs. OR, you can do all three. 

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Event Schedule

11:00 - 11:45  Check-In & Pizza Lunch (Social Hall)
11:45 - 12:15  Event Orientation in Sanctuary (Do not enter before 11:45)
12:15 - 2:30  Mitzvah Projects
2:30 - 3:00  Ice Cream Social & Photo Presentation

Mitzvah Day Drives:
Collections in Large Brown Bin next to Courtyard Restrooms)

Non-Perishable Canned or Boxed Food for the Homeless
Dry Cat or Dog Food
$10 Gift cards to Target, Walmart, or Grocery Store for Holocaust Survivors
Old, Clean Socks and T-Shirts (to make pet toys)
Toiletries and Other Essentials (bring before March 15th if possible)

laundry detergent, shampoo & conditioner, body soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, razors (disposable), aftershave lotion, Q-tips, pocket-sized Kleenex®, body lotion, nail clippers, first aid materials

Free Disney Ticket Drawing

Registration for Disney tickets is now closed. Those who signed up for a Mitzvah project as well as on the Disney site by March 1st are eligible for the drawing, provided they participate on Mitzvah Day. 

Mitzvah Day Projects

Read this section and project descriptions below before selecting a project.

Each individual must be registered for a project listed below. In general, you must only sign up for one project. The exceptions are blood donations and projects that happen outside the hours of Mitzvah Day (Project #s 1-4, serving dinner at JFS's Safe Parking, baking cookies before Mitzvah Day) - you may sign up for these in addition to one of the other projects.

Children 6 and younger who wish to help with a few age-appropriate projects must register with a parent for the "Young Kids Floating Project." Their parents must stay with them.  

If you want to participate in the blood drive, please register in advance on the Red Cross website: https://www.redcrossblood.org as well as registering for the project below. Search for sponsor code "adatshalom" in the upper right box "Find a Blood Drive."

There will be a few activities that anyone can do when they have time. These include creating cards of support for the homeless, bagging pet food, and decorating sack bags.

Contacts for Questions

If you have any general questions about Mitzvah Day, you can contact one of the co-chairs:
Robin Daus: 858-354-2288 [email protected]  Allison Weisman: 858-395-4094 [email protected]
Project leaders will contact those registered for their projects with more details. 


Suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 for families of 5 or more to help cover the cost of project materials.

Click to Donate: https://www.adatshalom.com/payment.php?payment_type=donate&donation_type_id=5347218  

Sign Up

Please review the available slots below, click the "sign up" button, and then the blue button on the bottom to "Submit."  Register Each Participant Separately. Repeat for each participant that you are registering. Thank you!

Created by:   Robin Halter
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Available Slot

1. Bake Cookies Before Mitzvah Day for Holocaust Survivors

Nice packages of cookies will be prepared for Holocaust survivors. Please bake and bring at least 2 dozen cookies (no nuts).

11 slots filled - more available
Carol Blumenthal
Meg Chaby
Kalyn Chaby
Dana Ivey
kate dwyer
Diane Hillman
Stella Read
Gail Davis
Jeffrey Horowitz
Lauren Milana
Lauren Milana
Marla Goodman

2. Donate Blood at TAS (20)

Ages 17+ or 16 with parental consent. Give the gift of life! Sign up in advance at redcrossblood.org. Leaders: Diane Arocha [email protected], Ellin Rosenthal [email protected]

11 of 20 slots filled
Shari Reitman
Already made an appointment
Jerry Rivas
Signed up via Red Cross
Janet Pollack
Larry Pollack
Gail Davis
Signed up through Red Cross
Shirley Burger
I have an appointment at 1:00 to donate blood.
Willie Burger
I have an appointment at 1:00 to donate blood.
Sandy Weisman
Signed up on Red Cross site
Julie Goren
I have an appointment at 11:30 am
David Moss
Dennis Masur

3. Serve Dinner (5-8 PM) at JFS Safe Parking (8804 Balboa Ave) (10)

Ages 7+ with parent. Must have own transportation. Leaders—Carol Blumenthal [email protected] and Irene Kneeter [email protected]

All slots filled
Ellin Rosenthal
Stella Read
Dana Ivey
Nick Ivey
Lee Ivey
Jack Ivey
Ben Ivey
Allison Weisman
Willie Burger

4. Serve Sack Dinners Outside (5:30-7:00 PM) at 2334 Mission Village Dr for JFS Safe Parking (6)

Ages 7+ with parent. Serve sack-style meals outside. Must have own transportation. Leader - Dee ChristianScher [email protected]

All slots filled
Barbara Fernandez
Jonathan Fernandez
Sam Fernandez
Matthew ChristianScher
Allegra Christianscher
Robin Halter

5. Menschtones, Junior Choir, and Purim Shpielers at Casa De Las Campanas (Members Only) (20)

We will perform for our friends at a local retirement home. Leaders: Cantor Lori Frank [email protected], David Garstang [email protected], Marlene Garstang [email protected]

All slots filled
Laura Brizard
Miriam Cohen
Jr Choir- Debbie
Debbie Brumfield
Larry Pollack
Lorraine Thall
Mark Molbegott
toby appel
Marlene Garstang
David Garstang
Ilana Plumer
Brynn Plumer- Junior Choir
Laura Spier
Jessica Clark
Alannah Clark Jr. Choir
Aaron Barish
Susan Schwartz
hannah scallet
junior choir
Shelly Bloom
Richard Stern
Haman understudy
Gary/Didi Saks
Gary Saks
Barbra Green
Bryn Finkel

6. TASTY- Make Pet Toys for Shelter Animals (20)

TASTY/Jr TASTY members. Help homeless animals. Please bring dry dog and cat food if possible. Leaders - Sam Townley [email protected], Sarah Goldstein [email protected]

9 of 20 slots filled
Meg Chaby
Kalyn Chaby
Adam Lizerbram
Kirby Burger
Maggie Burger
Henry Kasner
Phoebe Gocal
Alex Nelson
Jennifer Dunn
may go to no-sew blankets if time

7. Young Kids w/Parents Floating Project (30)

Only for children 6 and younger. Parents must stay with child. Walk around to help with a few age-appropriate projects like making cards, bagging pet food, decorating sack bags. Register parent and child separately.

13 of 30 slots filled
Shamara Madrid
Jonas Madrid
Marian Madrid
Jeneve Dubick
Megan Moskowitz
Merrick Rosales
My daughter, Jamesyn, will help.
Jamesyn Rosales
Alex Jones
Jenn Jones
my son is Alex
robyn mcmasters
Matthew McMasters
Matthew McMasters
Elisa Langsam (2)
2 parents and 2 kids (5 year olds)

8. Make Sack Lunches for ICS (15)

Ages 5+ with adult. Make sack lunches for the homeless. Leader- Rayna Colton [email protected]

4 of 15 slots filled
Julie Goren
I chose pizza lunch on both. I will be available after I donate blood. My appointment is at 11:30.
Sherrie Frank
Patti DeWoskin
Shay Marcus

9. Decorate Sack Lunches for ICS (15)

Ages 2+ with adult. Decorate the paper bags we put the lunches in - so come with your creativity! Leader: Rayna Colton [email protected]

5 of 15 slots filled
Marla Goodman (2)
Will be my daughter Malka (age 7) and either myself or Jennifer with her
Marsha Orman (3)
I will be there with Julian and Silas Charton

10. Make Sack Dinners for JFS Safe Parking (10)

Ages 5+ with adult. Make sandwiches and pack dinners to be served in Mission Valley. Leader- Dee ChristianScher [email protected]

4 of 10 slots filled
Matthew ChristianScher
Susan L Lipson
I am available from 12-2:30.
Allegra Christianscher
Charlotte Bluestein

11. Cook for JFS Safe Parking (10)

Ages 10+. Prepare dinner in TAS kitchen for ~ 60 people for JFS's Safe Parking Program. Some volunteers are needed to help longer - to about 4:00. Leaders—Carol Blumenthal [email protected] and Irene Kneeter [email protected]

6 of 10 slots filled
Jill Rappaport
Can stay til 4
Rachel Kasner
Mark Hochberg
Jake Hochberg
Ryan Krown
we can get there at 1:00pm and work until 4:00pm
Marci Krown
we can get there at 1:00pm and work until 4:00pm

12. Make Bags of Hope for Homeless (13)

Ages: All, with adult if less than 8 yrs. Prepare bags with essentials. Bags will be distributed to Mosad Shalom families to give to homeless people. Leader—Nancy Flexer [email protected], Leslie Morrison [email protected]

All slots filled
Andrea Lizerbram
Holly Burger
Phillip Burger
Merrick Rosales
Leslie Morrison
Lily Morrison
Maggie Stern
Elise Dunn
I wish I could sign up for more than one activity
Laura Spier (4)
Gary/Didi Saks
Didi Saks

13. Pomerado Frontage Beautification (20)

Ages 13+. Help us plant succulents, weed, and mulch. Wear a hat, bring sunscreen, gloves, a water bottle, gardening tools if you have them (shovels, takes, string trimmers, weeding tools). Leader: Greg Gocal [email protected]

3 of 20 slots filled
Charles Bohle
Greg Gocal
Harold Dunn

14. Ganon Gil Play Area Cleanup (7)

Ages 13+. Help us weed the play area. Wear a hat, bring sunscreen, gloves, a water bottle, gardening tools if you have them (shovels, takes, string trimmers, weeding tools). Leaders: Greg Gocal [email protected]

2 of 7 slots filled
rob weinberg
Randy Rose

15. Knit/Crochet Hats (15)

Ages 6+. Make hats for the homeless. Bring knitting needles/crochet hooks if available; yarn will be supplied. Get started now and bring hats. Use own pattern or use the easy patterns attached. Leader--Janet Pollack [email protected]

6 of 15 slots filled
Ruth Leideman
Janet Pollack
Lynn Horowitz
debbie seibert
Roberta Mikles
Sue Milner

17. Assemble Toiletry Bags (10)

All ages. Bag toiletries for the homeless at ICS. Please save large and small toiletries to bring for this project. Leaders: Jessica Charton [email protected], Stella Read [email protected]

2 of 10 slots filled
Sylvia Lasser
Debbie Savitzky

18. No-Sew Blankets (Kids) (10)

Ages 6+ with adult. Help make blankets for those less fortunate. Project is not intended for small children, but they can help parents with an easy task. Leader: Angelica Teal, [email protected]

1 of 10 slots filled
Daniel Goldstein

19. No-Sew Blankets (Adults) (10)

Help make lovely blankets for those less fortunate. Leader: Angelica Teal, [email protected]

8 of 10 slots filled
Shari Reitman
Tanya Schulz
Holly Schulz
Sharon Stanford
Dena Stein
Maddie Gocal
Naomi Frabl
Hiroko Baba

20. Bead Jewelry for Disadvantaged/Homeless (8)

Ages 11+. Make simple beaded jewelry to donate to homeless/disadvantaged teens/young adults. No experience necessary. Leaders: Robin Halter [email protected], Stacie Bartfeld [email protected]

3 of 8 slots filled
Heather Hochberg
Ethan Hochberg
Judy Sember

21. Bag Cookies for Holocaust Survivors (4)

Ages 8+. Make nice gift packages of cookies for Holocaust survivors in need. Leaders - Marilyn Bohle [email protected], Alissa Castiglione [email protected]

All slots filled
Oliver Dwyer
kate dwyer
Dana Ivey
Nick Ivey

22. Braid & Bake Mini Challah for Elderly Shut-ins. (10)

Ages 8+. Provide a gift of homemade Challah for those who have difficulty getting out of their homes. Leader-Diane Hillman [email protected]

5 of 10 slots filled
Diane Hillman
Wendy Gallagher
Gabe Gallagher
Lex Gallagher
Sarah Gallagher

23. Make Cards of Support (15)

All ages. Show the people at ICS and JFS Safe Parking Program that we care about them. Leader - Lauren Milana [email protected]

3 of 15 slots filled
Jerry Rivas
Charlize Rivas
Lauren Milana
Lauren Milana
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