On November 6th, many Los Angeles synagogues hold ‘Mitzvah Day.’ This is a day dedicated to action of some kind, whether it be making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for homeless shelters, writing letters to servicemen and women, or picture frames for the elderly. It is generally a day for community, for good feelings that accompany good work, and for a post New Year’s commitment for making the world a better place.

JWW believes that advocating against genocide is a mitzvah! In addition to advocacy, here are a few hands-on projects that synagogues may want to do for Mitzvah Day. These are not time sensitive actions and can be taken not just on November 6, but throughout the year. Our focus is “think global and act local,” combining efforts to help those suffering in faraway places with steps to improve the lives of refugees and at-risk populations here in California. To participate in a project, get supplies, or ask a question, please call us at 818.501.1836.

1. LOCAL SUDANESE REFUGEE SUPPORT

Project: Collection and bag decoration for Nile Sisters Development Initiative

Refugees often arrive in the U.S. with very little in the way of belongings, knowledge of legal, monetary, or transportation systems, and often very little command of English. JWW is collecting supplies for Sudanese refugees, many of whom are settling in the San Diego area. The supplies will be delivered in decorated bags that add a personal touch to the donations.

What JWW will provide: print and email version of a flyer advertising the project and the items needed; bags for decorating on Mitzvah Day

What you do: collect supplies and decorate bags

The supplies needed are:

Bar Soap, Liquid Soap, Shower Gel, Shampoo, Lotion, Deodorant, Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Diapers, Baby Wipes, Baby Wash, Baby Lotion, Gift Cards (Target, Food 4 Less, Ross, Marshalls – for emergency food and clothing that can be worn to job interviews)

2. HELP FOR CONGOLESE GIRLS

Project: “Braject” – Bra Collection

The girls in the school programs that JWW supports in Congo often drop out of school at puberty due to the lack of access to sanitary products. Those who are able to stay in school complain about harassment because they don’t have access to bras to wear under their thin white school blouses. JWW will be collecting new and gently used bras in all sizes to be taken to our Congolese partner organizations. The girls especially appreciate sports bras because of the work they do outside of school but we will accept any type of bras as long as they are either new or gently used and clean.

What JWW will provide: print and email version of a flyer advertising the project and the items needed; collection box for decorating on Mitzvah Day

What you do: collect supplies and decorate the collection box

3. USE YOUR UNWANTED ELECTRONICS TO RAISE CONFLICT MINERAL AWARENESS

Project: Conflict Mineral Collection

One of the engines of civil strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the multi-million dollar illicit mining industry of minerals such as the 3 Ts (tin, tantalum, and tungsten) that can be found in all of our electronic devices including: smartphones, gaming systems, computers, and military equipment. Gold, used in our jewelry and electronics, is also regularly mined and easily smuggled by armed groups out of the country. The constant stream of new devices being released every year has increased the demand for these precious minerals. Raise awareness of the issue of conflict minerals coming out of the war-torn eastern area of DRC while helping at-risk women and the environment by collecting small electronics. Usable cell phones will be wiped clean and given to local women at risk of domestic violence. All other electronics will be responsibly recycled so that these minerals can be used again in new devices.

What JWW will provide: print and email version of a flyer advertising the project and the items needed; collection box for decorating on Mitzvah Day

What you do: collect supplies and decorate the collection box

4. PLAY AND LEARN MITZVAH

Project: Anti-Genocide Bingo

JWW has developed a way to have fun while learning about our issues and programs. Each of the boxes on the bingo cards holds a word or phrase that corresponds to the work of JWW (examples: Sons of Congo, genocide, Lemkin). As they are called out, the Bingo caller (leader) will ask what the word or phrase is or means (an answer sheet will be provided to make this easy for the leader). Players will make a minimum donation for each card and prizes will be provided.

What JWW will provide: print and email version of a flyer advertising the project, bingo cards and answer sheet, prizes

What you do: select a Bingo caller who will work with JWW staff prior Mitzvah Day; provide card markers such as small pebbles, dried kidney beans or other small items for players to use to mark the cards; advertise the game prior to Mitzvah Day so that people will be prepared to come with money to purchase cards; collect funds for JWW.

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