Combining these three pillars of Jewish life, the Tzevet Mitzvot: Adult Mitzvah Corps was established by the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaismto provide an intensive experience of social action, study and worship.
Upcoming Tzevet Mitzvot
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History of Tzevet Mitzvot: Adult Mitzvah Corps
Partnering with Temple Shalom of Succasunna, NJ and Temple Sinai of Burlington, VT, the first URJ Adult Mitzvah corps took place in Burlington, VT in 2003. In 2004 the Commission on Social Action partnered with the URJ Pacific Southwest Council and Orange County Habitat for Humanity to build a home in Santa Ana, CA. The following year, the Commission on Social Action facilitated the Israel Mitzvah Corps to study social and economic justice issues in Israel, learn what our IMPJ (Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism) congregations are doing in the arena of social action and participate in hands-on volunteer work.
Read stories from our past trips to Vermont, California, Louisiana, Israel and more!
Haiti Mitzvah Corps with Temple Beth El, Hollywood, FL
Over the past few months, the Union for Reform Judaism has raised over $1.2 million for Haiti Disaster Relief. Those funds have and continue to be allocated to many incredible projects emergency medical care, housing, temporary schools and rebuilding of the devastated infrastructure. A complete list of allocations can be found by visiting www.urj.org/haiti.
But for many (including me!), donating money just isnt enough. So many individuals have expressed an interest in participating in a Mitzvah Corps trip to Port-au-Prince and Im thrilled to say that such an opportunity has become available! URJ Temple Beth El of Hollywood, Florida is coordinating an Adult Mitzvah Corps trip July 5-8, 2010.
Rabbi Allan Tuffs and Temple Beth Ell is hosting a special Mitzvah Corps Mission Trip to Port-au-Prince. For years, Temple Beth El has actively supported Project Papillon, a Haitian orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS. You can join Temple Beth El to visit and volunteer at the orphanage, tour Port-au-Prince, visit URJ-sponsored rebuilding efforts, participate in Jewish learning and hear from a variety of speakers (US Embassy representatives, reconstruction project leaders, etc.).
The cost of the trip is $610 per person (double room accommodations), $730 per person (single room accommodations) and includes 3 nights hotel stay, meals, bottled water, ground transportation and security. Cost does not include flight. Deadline to register is June 1, 2010. The group size is limited to 18. Participants must be 18 years of age and members of URJ congregations. Everyone must travel on same flights between Fort Lauderdale, FL and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
If you want to roll up your sleeves to help rebuild Haiti, please contact Sharon Tannehaus at Temple Beth El, at 954.604.8666 or firstname.lastname@example.org.