Reform congregations and affiliates across the world are raising funds for Nothing But Nets. Check out these creative fundraisers:
One Net Per Family Temple Anshe Hesed of Erie, PA Nothing But Nets was the 2008 Tikkun Olam project for the synagogue's 200 families. Their goal was $2,000 -- one net for each family. Through the synagogue newsletter status report each month and a display in the lobby, Anshe Hesed surpassed their goal -- raising funds for 225 nets!
"The Miracle" Campaign Temple Habonim of Barrington, RI Using the Nothing But Nets curriculum, the 2008 Chanukah materials, brochures and other promotional items, the religious school learned about "the miracle" of bed nets. Students made their own posters, displayed during the Chanukah party, raising over $500.
Teens Take Action RAC L'Taken Conferences 2008-2009 Using an eye-catching display, attendees signed-up to run campaigns in their home synagogues. Over the year, t-shirts sales raised over $600.
GRSLY Bites Back! Congregation Kol Haverim of Glastonbury, CT Youth Group GRSLY participated in the congregation Purim Carnival with a Nothing But Nets booth. Children playing games could either "purchase" a prize or make a donation to Nothing But Nets. Leonard Slutsky and Jessica Radin (pictured) staffed the booth.
Chai School Musical Basketball Shoot-Out Temple Emanu-El of Dallas, TX Kicking-off their campaign, Emanu-El used their mini-grant to purchase a basketball hoop and balls to be placed in the "gymnasium" as part of their "Chai School Musical"-themed Purim Carnival. Participants were charged $1 a shot or $3 for 5 shots.
8th Graders Lead the Way! Temple Beth-El of South Bend, IN In this small 260-family congregation, the eight grade religious school class completed a 10-week social action curriculum which included learning about the war in Sudan, the plight of the Darfur refugees and how malaria is the leading killer of children in Africa. To culminate this curriculum, students held a Nothing But Nets fundraiser. 8th graders made flyers and posters and went to the religious school to talk to other classes of students. In March, this 6-student class hosted a basketball shoot-out and a iPod raffle, which raised over $1,200!
Purim Spiel for Nets Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek of Chester, CT Using a mini-grant, BSRZ raised $567 by hosting net-themed games, quizzes and sold "Dolls for Darfur" pins during their annual Purim Spiel and Purim Carnival. Additionally, their B'nei Mitzvah Class got on-board, raising over $6,100!!!
Congregation Free-Throw Shoot-Out Lakeside Congregation, Highland Park, IL The Social Action Committee at Lakeside Congregation for Reform Judaism hosted a free throw shootout at a local gym to raise money for Nothing But Nets. Participants ranged in ages from 7 to 67 with a strong showing by the local high school varsity basketball team and their coach. The turnout was terrific and the fundraising effort resulted in nearly $1,700 in donations. The event was a great experience for all involved especially the winner of the day, Ben Levine, who shot 24 out of 25 free throws!
Youth Involvement! Rachel Bernard, Temple Israel, Columbus, OH Temple Israel created a display to collect donations and raise awareness. To date, Temple Israel has raised over $2,100 for Nothing But Nets!
Bat Mitzvah Donations in lieu of Gifts Naomi Keren Black, The Leo Baeck Centre, East Kew, Victoria, Australia In honor of her Bat Mitzvah, Naomi invited her friends and family to make donations to Nothing But Nets. Overall, she has raised over $2,000 and much-needed awareness for this campaign in her local community.
Basketball Shoot-Out Temple Beth-El of Hillsborough, NJ After picking a high traffic day at the synagogue and advertising extensively, Temple Beth-El set up a basketball hoop outside the religious school entrance. The cost to play was $1/shot. Flyers, sweatbands and other materials were on-hand to educate congregants about the campaign.
Service Auction NFTY-PAR, Gesher Kallah Participants auctioned items ranging from cookies to hot wings, star gazing parties to a bedtime story, a necklace to a surprise bag from Israel and more. Overall, this auction raised $1,500 for Nothing But Nets.
Bar Mitzvah Basketball Fundraiser Yoni Rechtman's Bar Mitzvah Project Friends and fellow congregants participated in Yonis Bar Mitzvah fundraiser by pledging donations and shooting some hoops, raising over $1,900.
Basketball and Table Tennis Community Tournament TempleMkor Shalom of Cherry Hill, NJ With dozens of congregational participants and spectators, over $1,000 was raised with Rabbi Barry Schwartz earned the title of Undefeated Table Tennis Champion!
Sisterhood Passover Her Seder TempleEmanuel Sisterhood of Cherry Hill, NJ By including the Nothing But Nets: The Modern Plagues handout and informational materials during the Sisterhoods Her Seder, $1,036 was raised from the 120 women in attendance.
Nickels for Nets Temple Beth-El Religious School of San Antonio, TX $1,060 was collected by children of Temple Beth-El Religious School who brought in "Nickels for Nets" when they came for Religious School.
Breakfast for Nets Ilana Lieberman of Temple Concord, Vestal, NY Congregants and community members enthusiastically attended a Breakfast for Nets, coordinated by Ilana Lieberman for her Bat Mitzvah project. With the generosity of attendees and volunteers, $722 were raised!
URJ Biennial Basketball arcade, "Buzzkill" t-shirt giveaway, Jeffrey Sachs lecture, bed net displays and more! Delegates from the URJ Biennial Conference raised $8,631 for Nothing But Nets in just four days!
"Sponsored Sports" to Prevent Malaria Woodlands Community Temple, White Plains, NY During Mitzvah Day, youth were sponsored for their participation in "net"-themed activities. With widespread support, the synagogue raised $2,000 for bed nets! See program resources here.
Dolls for Darfur Central Synagogue, New York, NY Mitzvah Day participants were encouraged to by pins (of worry dolls) to educate others about the atrocities in Darfur and raise money to help the refugees through the Nothing But Nets campaign. Pins were sold for $10 a piece.
3-on-3 Sponsorship Basketball Tournament A basketball tournament in your local community is a great way to raise money for Nothing But Nets. Ask each registered team to donate 10 nets (or $100) to play and encourage local businesses to donate prizes for the winning team! Click here to see the Tourney Guide.
Midwest March Madness Temple Beth-El, South Bend Indiana is a small (230 families) Reform congregation with a large commitment to social action. The eighth grade Religious School students are in the middle of an eight-week Social Action curriculum. They learned about poverty and homelessness in the United States, and spent one morning working at the citys homeless shelter. They are going to be learning about hunger and food sustainability. Additionally, they learned about the devastating effect of malaria in African nations. They learned that malaria is the leading killer of children in Africa. They learned that $10 would buy a bed net to protect an entire family for several years. This is the third year that Temple Beth-Els 8th grade students have held a fundraiser for Nothing But Nets. With the help of some materials and a small grant from the URJ, the students made flyers and posters, and went to all of the Religious School classes to talk to the students about malaria. On Sunday, March 20, the class assembled 2 mini-basketball hoops and sold chances to throw baskets and enter a drawing to win an Ipod and other great (or fun) prizes. The entire Religious School (about 60 children) came down to the lobby area to shoot baskets. Their effort was aided by parents and other adults who contributed cash and checks. The final tally was $1200 enough to protect 120 families from malaria.