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Mitzvah Day is one of the most rewarding and engaging days on the Temple Shalom calendar. On this wonderful day, the entire Temple Shalom community comes together to work to repair our world and make it a better place through service projects. Below are descriptions of some of the projects we work on for Mitzvah Day. Our whole One Family community is encouraged to participate in these projects. Projects take place at the temple (with the exception of food packing at Harry Chapin Food Bank) and start at 9:30am. Breakfast provided by the Men's Club begins at 9:00am.

For more information on Mitzvah Day, please contact Marv Weisberg at or Liz Jaffe at

Activities on Mitzvah Day include:

Harry Chapin Food Bank – Food Packing 9:30am to noon

We will be packing boxes of food at the Harry Chapin Food Bank. If you are interested in working at the Harry Chapin Food Bank on Mitzvah Day, or for more information, please email Ed Cohen ( 

Meals of Hope

A favorite, traditional Mitzvah Day partnership. Each year, Temple Shalom members come together to help end hunger by forming assembly lines and packing over 50,000 meals for those in need here in Collier County. We need hands-on volunteers, but to be a true success we need your donations as well. At just $.30 per meal, your donation of $18 will fund 60 meals. $54 buys 180 meals. For $100 over 330 meals can be provided. Help get the ball rolling by sending in your donation with “Meals of Hope” in the memo line, or donate online here and select Mitzvah Day donations from the drop-down menu. Contact Don Belmont with questions (

Baking for St. Matthew’s House - Baking & Packaging

Bring your baked goods to Temple Shalom on Mitzvah Day and help assemble the bags for the St. Matthew's soup kitchen. Please contact Bobbi Katz ( or Marcy Cotton (

Children’s Books and Stuffed Animal Collection

Bring donations of new books and new stuffed animals for ages newborn through 17 years old to benefit the SWFL Children’s Advocacy Center.

New Shoes and Socks Collection

Benefiting Laces of Love. Donate NEW shoes and sneakers, sizes 1-8 for both boys and girls and/or a new pair of socks! No toddler or baby shoes please. Contact Liz Jaffe (

River Rock Decorating

Great for adults and kids! Decorate a river rock for the butterfly garden. Contact Judy Belmont,

Butterfly Garden Refresh

 It's been two years since we planted our beautiful butterfly garden at the religious school entrance. So, it is time       for a little trimming and plant refreshing! We need a few volunteers with green thumbs to bring their light  gardening tools and help freshen up the butterfly garden. Contact Judy Belmont,

Collection of Toiletry Packets

Bring travel-sized toiletries for homeless school children here in Collier County.  The children are in need of basic toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, brushes, combs, etc. Please bring your donations to Temple Shalom (on or before Mitzvah Day) to be packaged for distribution by the Homeless Students Liaison for Collier County Schools. Contact Jennifer for information on volunteering for this project. 

Bedtime Bundles

Children often arrive at the women’s shelter with their mothers and only the clothes they are wearing. This arrival, sometimes taking place late at night, can be a very stressful experience for them. Bedtime Bundles, a children-helping-children project, is designed to offer a comforting hand at a very difficult time. The Temple Shalom religious school children help collect and assemble all new bedtime items sorted by age and gender including a pair of pajamas, toothbrush, toothpaste, a bar of soap, a story book, and a stuffed animal. The items are placed in a pillowcase that has been decorated by our children and marked with the age and gender of the child for whom the items are intended. Upon arrival at the women's shelter, shelter staff members give each child an appropriate Bundle to use and keep.

Beading for Betterment

The Beading for Betterment project makes beaded jewelry for the children at the Guadalupe Center to give to their mothers and grandmothers for Mother’s Day.  This activity is best for volunteers over 10 years of age.

  1. Wish list: 
  2. Beads (Michael's and Jo-Ann's have a good selection)
  3. Wire (brand is called Beadalon - .018 inches, any length)
  4. Clasps
  5. Crimp beads

Baking Dog Biscuits

Great activity for young children! Bake dog biscuits to be donated to the animal shelter and decorate bags to put them in. Contact Sylvie Heyman at for more information. 

Mitzvah Day 2022

Many thanks to Lynn Katz Danzig and George Rubin for taking Mitzvah Day Photos this year!

George posted a video from Mitzvah Day on YouTube... take a look!


Thu, September 29 2022 4 Tishrei 5783