Education Program Projects

Every year the Education Program sponsors our annual Mitzvah Mall, during which our students raise money for organizations involved in Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.  Students in all grades create crafts to sell at the Mall, and the sixth grade class researches organizations that they choose to support through sales at the Mall.  In 2012-13 the students raised money to support Future Chefs, an organization that helps disadvantaged teens train for productive jobs as chefs in the community.  Other organizations are invited to sell their products at the Mitzvah Mall, and through these efforts our students have helped to raise money for African relief efforts, Jewish Family Services of Metro West, the Beth El Free Medical Program, Guatemalan women, and many more Tikkun Olam projects.

In additon to the  Mitzvah Mall our students also raise Tzedakah money through direct collection every day in religious school.  This money is distributed in consultation with the students based on evaluation of current needs.  In 2013 the money is going to the New Israel Fund to supplement the Beth El Tzedakah Hevre’s Tikkun Olam priorities.

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