Mitzvah Projects and Tzedakah Actions for Chanukah
Commemorate Chanukah this year by helping the environment, aiding the poor, supporting our troops, and more.
Nothing But Nets - This
Chanukah, keep your gift-giving budget under control and give the most important
gift of all: the gift of life. Teach your children and grandchildren the true
meaning of giving by donating a $10 insecticide-treated bed net to Nothing But
Nets to help stop the spread of malaria. Download the
Chanukah resources packet to get ideas for creating a meaningful
A Light Among the
Nations If every U.S. household replaced one bulb with
a CFL (compact fluorescent light), it would have the same impact as removing 1.3
million cars from the road. Commemorate Chanukah by taking action to address
the climate change crisis. This nation-wide campaign is engaging the Jewish
community in education, advocacy, and concrete action to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions. Visit the website of the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish
Life (COEJL) to find
out how you can participate in this important campaign.
Support Our Troops Are you looking for a way to support Jewish military personnel serving in
Iraq and elsewhere, particularly during the Jewish holidays? You still have some
time to send them cards and care packages for Chanukah. For information on a
number of opportunities for individuals and congregations to offer support to
Jewish troops, visit Support Our Soldiers.
Sustaining the Light: A Social Justice
Program Guide for Chanukah A new program guide from the
Commission on Social Action that highlights social justice themes of Chanukah --
the environment, economic justice, childrens issues, religious liberty -- and
describes the activities that flow from them. In the guide you will find social
action program ideas for families, social action committees, youth groups and
other synagogue groups. We hope this material will assist you in making your
Chanukah observance one that inspires acts of tzedek (justice) and tzedakah
8 Tzedakah Actions
for Chanukah from Commission on Social Action Member, Barbara
Contact a community Toys for Tots
program or a local Jewish agency and find out how you can donate a holiday gift.
Involve you children so that they can better understand the plight of other
children in need.
Donate a can of food to a local
food bank or volunteer to help out during the week of Chanukah.
Donate a gently used Judaica item
to the World Union for Progressive Judaism (www.wupj.org) for a newly formed Reform synagogue in the
Former Soviet Union or other country around the world.
Donate childrens books to a local
hospital (www.reachoutandread.org) or donate books of all ages to a local
Visit the Coalition on the
Environment and Jewish Lifes (www.coejl.org) Hanukkah website for holiday eco tips for
giving a gift to the earth through environmental stewardship. You can give a
gift to your home such as an energy efficient appliance or a compact fluorescent
Visit the North American
Conference on Ethiopian Jewrys (www.nacoej.org) website for donation ideas such as
sponsoring a childs lunches for the year or the RAC site for Lech Lecha to a
Place of HopeThe Million Quarters Project.
Make a donation to Mazon
(www.mazon.org) such as 3% of the amount you are spending
for a holiday dinner.
Make a chai donation to charitable
organization in the name of a family friend or loved one.