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"Bar/Bat Mitzvah" in English means "Son/daughter of the commandments". As you begin the journey of becoming a Jewish adult, you will learn that a central Jewish value is tikkun olam, or repairing the world. A B'nai Mitzvah project, in which you perform gemilut hasadim (acts of loving kindness) and/or give tzedakah (charity), is an important demonstration that you are ready to become an adult and, in so doing, play a part in tikkun olam.

We know that planning your Mitzvah project can be a bit overwhelming because there are so many different opportunities and organizations that need support. We've created this site to help connect your interests to the specific needs in the Jewish community, both locally and overseas. Join us and let us help you make your B'nai Mitzvah a meaningful experience!

We want to hear from you! Please email Melinda Wilkes at melindab@jfssd.org for more information or if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions!

press_JJournalRead The Mitzvah-Making Machine written by By Jessica Hanewinckel

  Planning a b'nai mitzvah? We can help!  

Are you having trouble deciding which Mitzvah project you would like to pursue? Check out what other students have been doing for their projects below!

Already have a project in place but want to highlight it on our website and raise money? No problem! We can help you at any stage in the planning and execution of your project.

Even if you recently had your B'nai Mitzvah you can still become a Mitzvah Maker and highlight your project on our website.  

Do you know a Bar or Bat Mitzvah student who is working on an outstanding Mitzvah project? Let us know!

Are you ready to jump in? Just click on the Get Started tab, which can be found at the top of this page.

Special Events

Project Afghanistan

aAfganPassoverCardThe Mitzvah Makers' first school collaboration is with the San Diego Jewish Academy in a project called Project Afghanistan. The students raised money to buy small Passover treats and made holiday cards that Chaplain Rabbi Irv Elson delivered in April to soldiers in Afghanistan when he traveled there to lead services for the Jewish soldiers. Additionally, the students made beautiful matzah covers that were given to Jewish military families here in San Diego for their seder tables.


Thank you to the San Diego Jewish Academy for your support and especially to the seventh grade class who participated in our focus groups.

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