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 (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

Sign up on the Disney website and register for a Mitzvah Day project by March 1st to be eligible for a drawing for free Disneyland tickets. Click here: https://www.allforgood.org/ search for "Temple Adat Shalom," click on Mitzvah Day, click the "Join Now" button on top, then follow directions for setting up an account. 

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).

4 slots filled - more available
Carol Blumenthal
Meg Chaby
Kalyn Chaby
Dana Ivey

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]


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]

2 of 10 slots filled
Ellin Rosenthal
Stella Read

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]


5. Menschtones, Junior Choir, and Purim Shpielers at Casa De Las Campanas (Members Only) (15)

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]


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]

2 of 20 slots filled
Meg Chaby
Kalyn Chaby

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.


8. Make Sack Lunches for ICS (15)

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


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]


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]

1 of 10 slots filled
Matthew ChristianScher

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 long - to about 4:00. Leaders—Carol Blumenthal [email protected] and Irene Kneeter [email protected]

1 of 10 slots filled
Jill Rappaport
Can stay til 4

12. Make Bags of Hope for Homeless (15)

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]

1 of 15 slots filled
Andrea Lizerbram
My son Adam and I will do this.

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]

1 of 20 slots filled
Charles Bohle

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]


15. Knit/Crochet Hats (15)

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


16. Assemble Toiletry Bags (Kids) (10)

Bag up the 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]


17. Assemble Toiletry Bags (Adults) (10)

Adults. 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]


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]


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

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


20. Bead Jewelry for Disadvantaged/Homeless (15)

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]


Bag Cookies for Holocaust Survivors (12)

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


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.


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]

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