At B'nai Israel, we value our work in the community through our Social Action work. With many programs to get involved in, there is something for everyone! Join B'nai Israel in helping our community! Check back for available programs and volunteer positions.
On every other Wednesday, at 5:30, we will be serving dinner to those at St. Francis House. One hour of your time can make quite a difference. It's easy to do--sign up to bring a dish on a date that works for you, show up on the date and time you choose, help serve for one hour and you will be participating in a great mitzvah. To sign up for Lev Tov, click here.
2016 Annual Mitzvah Day
Sunday, November 20th 2016
9:00 a.m. Breakfast and Speaker at Temple Shir Shalom
10:00-12:00 p.m. Projects at Project Locations
Mitzvah Day in North Central Florida is a collaboration between the Jewish Council and community partners in Gainesville. For more information or to sign up for a project, click here.
Mitzvah Day Projects Hosted at Congregation B'nai Israel
Family Promise — Thanksgiving Around the World
Following the theme of mitzvah and thanksgiving, this program is geared toward the children in the FP program to show them, through interactive, hands-on activities, the ways in which different cultures express thanksgiving or gratitude for the things we do have even when times are lean.
Volunteers would help staff activities as children move through each station. Stations can include art projects, reading stories, handing out snack samplings, etc. The goal is to have those in attendance understand how we can be grateful for many things in our lives, even when we feel we have nothing to be grateful for.
Lone Soldier Project
Volunteers will organize and assemble care packages to send to Lone Soldiers serving in Israel. The care packages will be shipped to Jewish Federations of North America in New York, who will transport the packages to Israel on our behalf.
Volunteers will organize donated food products into boxes that will be sent to Food4Kids to help with the tremendous need in our area. Over the winter break holidays, there are many children who face the prospect of going home to little or no food. The items provided by Food4Kids will help those families get through the two weeks of winter break.
In particular, this project needs canned sweet potatoes, black beans, stuffing mix, instant potatoes, canned fruit, canned vegetables, dessert mixes, cereal, oatmeal, grits, instant milk, rice, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, spaghetti, peanut butter, jelly, canned soup.
As in the old fable Stone Soup, when communities come together, they can accomplish much. Bring a bag of ingredients (below) and we will make casseroles that will feed many. Please bring all the ingredients listed for a particular dish. Prepare to enjoy each other's company. Goal: At least 30 casseroles.
This is a great project for the teenage youth of our community to volunteer with. They will be instructed by an adult, but we would like to see our teenagers put together the casseroles for baking.
Grounds Clean Up & Siddur Burial
B’nai Israel will host a grounds clean-up day, clearing out leaves from areas around the building, clearing out the fenced garbage area, sprucing up landscaping, and laying down paving stones for walkways.
Volunteers are asked to bring rakes, shovels, etc. that will assist in these tasks. Yard waste bags will be provided.
Winter Clothing for Dignity Village
Dignity Village at Grace Marketplace. In addition to this, we will be collecting Blankets as well. If you have any of these items, please drop them off on Mitzvah Day and we will ensure they get out to Dignity Village. Everyone deserves to be warm during the cold winter nights.