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Start the Jewish New Year with Mitzvahs

Posted by challahbackgirl on September 5, 2010

As we end 5770 and head into 5771 it’s a great time to give back to our Silicon Valley community. Congregation Beth David, Jewish Family Services and Jews’ Next Dor are making it easy on you, by bringing Mitzvah opportunities to you.

These include:

Project Isaiah

Project Isaiah food drive

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Congregation Beth David’s Social Action Committee once again is bringing this food drive to High Holidays. Unfortunately, people in our community are really hungry and Second Harvest is very low in donations.

Please look for your empty grocery bag on Rosh Hashana so you can return it filled at Kol Nidre or on Yom Kippur. Fill it as generously as possible with healthful foods. Please start buying NUTRITIOUS foods now. Let someone else in our community enjoy the meals you’ll be skipping at part of your t’shuvah process.

Suggested items are:

  • Infant formula, baby foods
  • Canned food: tuna, soups, fruit, beans, vegetables, etc.
  • Packaged foods: pastas, macaroni, rice, beans, cereals
  • Soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, floss

It all will go directly to Second Harvest Food Bank. September is Hunger Action Month the Second Harvest website has lots of ways you can help fight hunger, some as simple as using your Facebook or Twitter accounts, so be sure to stop by their site for other great ways to help those in need.

Project N.O.A.H

Project N.O.A.H LogoBig-Hearted Birthdays are Birthday Gifts that Give Back.

Make your next trip to the Grocery store not only fill your tummy, but nourish your soul by purchasing a gift card for Project N.O.A.H (and items for Project Isaiah).

Big-Hearted Birthdays is a program of Project N.O.A.H. of Jewish Family Services of Silicon Valley. As the recession deepens, the number of Jewish families needing food assistance quadrupled! We desperately need more gift cards for the nearly 1000 people who will receive emergency assistance this coming year. Ask your friends to skip the birthday gifts, and donate gas and grocery gift cards in your honor for families in our community. Contact Lizi Oceransky for information, or 408.357.7425

“Threads of Tradition” Yom Kippur White Sheet Drive

Congregation Beth David’s Threads of Tradition group is collected New or used 100% cotton flat queen size sheets – bring your wrapped sheet to Kol Nidre services. Boxes will be waiting. Please do not put your sheets in the Project Isaiah Second Harvest Barrels, but look for the specific boxes for this mitzvah.

Threads of Tradition is a group of Jewish women who sew tachrichim for our community members. Tachrichim are traditional Jewish burial garments made of pure cotton sheeting. They consist of pants, a long shirt, and a head and face covering. Doing this work is our way to provide dignity to the deceased and comfort for those who mourn. It helps us fulfill the mitzvah of chesed shel emet—the greatest kindness, the type that cannot be repaid.Sewing burial garments is a concrete way we can care for those in our community at this important time in the lifecycle. Taking on this work ourselves instead of delegating it to professionals demonstrates the value of participation by lay members in maintaining Jewish traditions and mitzvot.

Threads of Tradition meets three or four times a year, or as needed to maintain a supply of garments.

For more information visit

Holiday Toy Drive

Jews’ Next Dor & SVYAD are again teaming up with Jewish Family services for a Holiday Toy Drive. Look for a box to collect toys in the Beth David lobby and at the Levy Family Campus. We’re collect New toys for ages 0-17. Last year we were able to collect 180 toys. Please help up do this again. Our young adults will be wrapping these toys for distribution by Jewish Family Services. Jews’ Next Dor will be kicking off the Toy Drive at Hanging in the Hut on September 27, 2010.


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