Your bar or bat mitzvah is a lifechanging moment. Decide to change the lives of Jewish people across the world, too.
JDC helps people in 70 countries build Jewish community, overcome poverty, disabilities, and loneliness, and rebound from disasters. Find the work that speaks to you.
COVID-19 has devastated Jewish communities all across the world, and you can make a difference; reach out to My JDC Mitzvah Project to find out how. Make the most of your bar or bat mitzvah. Contact us today.
In these difficult times, JDC is saving Jewish lives, building Jewish community, and living Jewish values. The global pandemic has created new challenges for communities around the world. Click here to learn more about how you can make a difference in the global Jewish community and beyond.
Fostering Jewish Life
Across Europe and the former Soviet Union (FSU), in a region where Jewish life is miraculously rebounding after decades where it was forbidden, COVID-19 has isolated people from their communities and loved ones. But cultural programs continue to hold Jewish life together, even online. Exciting initiatives, like online art classes and remote Shabbat services, allow people to socialize, strike new friendships, and develop a meaningful connection to Judaism.
Enhancing Life for Israelis with Disabilities
Nearly 800,000 Israelis live with a disability, and the pandemic has isolated them even more than they were before. Before COVID-19, programs like Israel Unlimited and Friends for Healthy Living brought people with disabilities together for in-person workshops, sports, and friendship. Now, through virtual programming and guidance, we continue to give them the community, confidence, and skills to thrive.
Saving Elderly Jewish Lives
In countries like Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus, nearly 100,000 elderly Jews live alone, struggling to survive on as little as $2/day. The COVID-19 pandemic has made them even more isolated and lonely. They are the world’s poorest Jews and they need our help.
Reviving Jewish Life in Cuba
Community is more important than it’s ever been. Today, Cuba’s Jews are committed to their Judaism and their community, dedicating themselves to building Jewish life even under the most difficult circumstances. Against the odds and amidst pandemic, the Jewish community is reawakening, and its members are hungry for Jewish knowledge and connection. They have found creative ways to connect despite not being able to physically gather.
Eradicating Diseases in Ethiopia
COVID-19 has unleashed a public health crisis throughout the developing world. In Ethiopia, JDC’s WASH program transforms villages by giving them the education and resources to protect themselves from this virus, as well as other diseases and parasites.
Cultivating a Strong Jewish Future
After decades where Jewish life was banned in the former Soviet Union (FSU), it is a true miracle to see a younger generation connection to Jewish life and community. COVID-19 hasn’t stopped these young Jews. With virtual programming and volunteer activities which are crucial to their communities JDC continues to bring young Jews together for service, learning, and leadership training.
Preparing to launch your campaign is easy:
1) Personalize your My Mitzvah Project page
2) Set your goal
3) Add a picture
You’re ready to change the world!
- Select Project
- Emergency Response
- Fostering Jewish Life
- Enhancing Life for Israelis with Disabilities
- Saving Elderly Jewish Lives
- Reviving Jewish Life in Cuba
- Eradicating Diseases in Ethiopia
- Cultivating a Strong Jewish Future
Tell the World
Facebook, Instagram, e-mail, snail mail, tzedakah boxes, bake sales – all great tools to share why JDC’s work is important to you. The JDC Mitzvah Project team is always available to help you come up with creative, fun ways to spread the word and hit your goal.
Mazel tov on your Bar or Bat Mitzvah! On your big day, thank everyone for being a part of your JDC Mitzvah Project – and feel proud of what you’ve accomplished.