Merry Mitzvah 2010

MERRY MITZVAH 2010 is just around the corner! To reserve your place for one of these December opportunities please RSVP with Amy Benovitz at 425-0373.  You are making the holiday season brighter for those in need!

As always we have a great need for SOUPS, household and warm winter items!


1) Gilda’s Club: Volunteer at this free community Cancer support group in Highlands. Dec 23. RSVP with Jenn Morris, 371-3051.  Temple WRJ is sponsoring a dinner for 60, contact Sandy Braunstein, 423-1818 to help.

2) Be an Elf! Wrap gifts for residents of Brooklawn Children’s Home. Dec 9, 2-4 p.m. and Dec 10, 10 a.m.-12 noon & 2-4 p.m.  Just bring scissors. (6-7 volunteers each shift) 2125 Goldsmith Lane.

3) URGENT NEED for housewares, linens (any one have a twin canopy bed set and canopy?), towels, blankets, sleeping bags, dishes, cookware, coats, new underwear, toboggans, socks for clients of Kentucky Refuge Ministry, Catholic Charities, Coalition for the Homeless and various shelters. Drop off at The Temple 423-1818 or the Jewish Community Center 459-0660.

4) Schuhman Center Food Baskets Dec 13 & 14, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. We would like 5-7 volunteers please. Assemble food baskets at Christ Church Cathedral at Second & Liberty Street.

5) Cathedral of the Assumption Soup Kitchen Dec 22, 24, 26 & 27, 10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Serve Lunch! 5 volunteers per shift. Need 15 doz. cookies per shift.  Ages 12 and up. (You can arrange times 365 days a year!) 443 S. Fifth Street.
6) Dedication of our 2010 Habitat for Humanity House join us at 2925 Dumesnil in December. Date to be announced.

7) Donate to CooperRiis: a residential mental health healing facility in North Carolina. This 12 month treatment program serves several Jewish families in Louisville. Contact Rabbi David at 423-1818.  Donations are urgently needed!

8) Make 500 Sandwiches for St Vincent DePaul at The Temple. Dec 24, 1 p.m. Call Rabbi David, 423-1818 to RSVP and for food assignment. Meet at The Temple Kitchen.

9) Hospice Musicians Dec 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Your beautiful music is a wonderful gift. Pick your time to play at 6th floor of the downtown Norton Hosparus Pavilion.
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10) Home of the Innocents Dec 26, 10 a.m. Read to and bake cookies with residents. 1100 East Market Street.

11) Center for Women and Families: Provide and serve soup and salad for 60 residents.  Dec 26, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Also collecting diapers of all sizes, pull-ups and wipes! 927 South Second Street.

12) Four Courts Senior Center Holiday BINGO Dec 26, 1:45-3 p.m. Followed by a Peppermint Ice Cream Social! Family activity! 2100 Millvale Road.

13) Ronald McDonald House: Provide and serve brunch for about 35 residents. Dec 24, 10 a.m.-12 noon. Families welcome. 550 South First Street.

14) St. Vincent DePaul Open Hand Kitchen: Serve lunch. Dec 23 or 24, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.  6 volunteers each shift, must be ~16 years old. A great experience! 1026 South Jackson Street.

15) Homeless adults need NEW SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR! Coats, blankets scarves, gloves, toboggans  distributed by Coalition for the Homeless. New immigrants need household items.  Boxes at JCC and Temple lobbies.

16) Brunch at Maryhurst Dec 26. This is a Temple Shalom coordinated event. Please contact Kathy Fields. Located on Dorsey Lane.

17) Ardery & Journey Houses: Provide gifts and Pizza Party for 10 residents at each of these Wellspring Houses. Wellspring provides support for people with mental illnesses.

18) Volunteers of America Family Emergency Shelter Option One: Dec 24 & 26, All Day: Play with children and volunteer in the NEW play room.  Option Two: Dec 26, 5 p.m. Serve (and perhaps sponsor?) dinner. GREAT family or group event! 1321 South Preston Street.

19) Catholic Charities Refuge Agency:
(a federally funded agency serving all denominations) helps immigrants from 40 countries.  They hope you will “Adopt-A-Family” (250 families each year).  Responsibilities would be a new outfit and toy for each child in the family. Call early to ADOPT! They urgently need ALL LINENS, towels, pots and pans, kitchenware, children’s mittens, caps, gloves and scarves, plus laundry and new home set up baskets. Drop off at The Temple. Call Amy or contact Chris Clements at Catholic Charities, 636-9263 x145. On-going volunteers are needed 2 hours per week to tutor
or watch the babies while parents are tutored! 

20) Get involved with the West End School! This boarding school for boys is providing intense structure, nurture and education for middle school boys and needs volunteers to make/serve meals, arrange and build their Library, build more dormitories, tutor or teach.  Many opportunities exist for YOU to make this school a success.  Contact Amy Trager (for their WISH List and info), Sandra Trager (for cooking) or Amy Benovitz. A wonderful location and environment!

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