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Mitzvah Day 2023

Many thanks to Nicole Halmos, Lynn Katz Danzig, and George Rubin for taking Mitzvah Day Photos!

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

MITZVAH DAY - January 22, 2023

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 8:30am followed by Rabbi Miller's rally at 9:00am to get us energized for Mitzvah Day.

For more information on Mitzvah Day, please contact Liz Jaffe at or Bobbie Katz at

Activities on Mitzvah Day include:

Temple Shalom Blood Drive - 8:30am to 1:30pm

A chance to save lives!

Photo ID required
Minimum age: 16 (with parental consent)
Minimum weight: 110lbs

Face mask required

Please contact Di Karpman ( to schedule an appointment.

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. Most of our packed meals are donated to the local food banks and food pantries.  We will accomodate all volunteers who come to help. Contact Don Belmont ( or David Millstein ( to answer your questions.

Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC)

Help pack bags that will include your donations of new children’s books and stuffed animals to be given to the CAC which helps children and their families who have been the victims of abuse and/or domestic violence. For more info please contact Marcy Cotton ( or Phyllis Luts (

River Rock Decorating

Great for adults and kids! Decorate a river rock for the butterfly garden. For more information, contact Judy Belmont at

Beading for Betterment

We make beaded necklaces for children in Immokalee to give as a gift on Mother’s Day. All materials are provided. We try to have one experienced beader at each table. This activity is not for children unless parents stay to work with them. Teens are invited to participate. Please contact Carol Hirsch ( for more information.

Baking Dog Biscuits

Great activity for young children! Bake dog biscuits to be donated to the animal shelter and decorate treat bags to hold the biscuits. Contact Marcy Aizenshtat ( for more information. 

Thank You Notes to First Responders

Volunteers will write notes and children can decorate the notes to first responders in our community who have helped people during Hurricane Ian and other disasters. Contact Leslie Feldman ( or Ida Margolis ( more information.

Empty Bowls

Join us to paint bowls using a kit with all the supplies you will need. The bowls you paint will be sold by Empty Bowls Naples, Inc. which distributes grants to local non-profit organizations supporting their mission to eliminate hunger in our community. Please get in touch with Joyce Toub ( for more info.

Butterfly Garden Refresh

Join Marcy Aizenshtat in the Butterfly Garden to give it a lift after the effects of Hurricane Ian. 


Collections for Mitzvah Day:

Toiletry Packets

Travel size toiletry samples for girls and boys are being collected, organized and distributed to the homeless students in Collier County. Some examples are shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, combs, brushes, etc. Contact Jennifer Siegal-Miller ( for more information. 

Bedtime Bundles

Rabbi Ariel Boxman and the Preschool will be collecting new, children’s pajamas (girls & boys), new pillow cases, new stuffed animals, toothbrushes and toothpaste to be packed. The pillow cases will be decorated, packed with the donated items and distributed to the Shelter for Abused Women. Contact Rabbi Boxman ( and or Tussy Shnider, ( for more information.

Women to Women and Girls

Collection of feminine hygiene pads – any brands, thickness, size or strength. No tampons, please. Distribution will be made by the Collier/Lee chapter of Hadassah. For more info please contact Diane Schwartz ( for more info. 



Harry Chapin Food Bank

Please join us January 22,  2023 from 10 AM to 12:00 Noon. The TOV and the Men’s Club are working together to make a difference and have a fun time working together as well. If you are able to attend or if you want additional information please contact Ken Goldstein ( and or Ed Cohen ( 

One final request. If you are able to volunteer, Harry Chapin Food Bank requires the completion of a volunteer application. Below is the link that will let you complete the application online.

Fri, February 3 2023 12 Sh'vat 5783