Mitzvah Projects

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah is the time when a young person begins to build his or her own independent Jewish identity, and the values incorporated into each personal celebration become the first step of a life-long journey. Thus Yad LaKashish is always deeply honored to be included in these most special occasions, to be the focal point of a B’nai Mitzvah tzedakah appeal, or to make the tallit, Torah yad (pointer), invitations, table centerpieces or party favors.

We’d like to thank all our B'nai Mitzvah supporters who have collected funds for Yad LaKashish, donated a portion of their gift money, or purchased items for their Bar and Bat Mitzvah, thus sharing with their guests our unique Tzedakah message.

Below are some examples of how B'nai Mitzvah have incorporated Yad LaKashish into their Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration. View our B'nai Mitzvah Kit or contact us for details.

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David Evan Czarlinsky proudly wearing his tallit (prayer shawl) made by the elderly artisans of YadLaKashish.
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  Tara Satnick and her parents marvel at the handiwork of Yad LaKashish artisans during a visit as part of her Bat Mitzvah celebrations.
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  Abby Rose Zweiback ordered her Bat Mitzvah invitations from Yad LaKashish, just like her siblings did a few years earlier!
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Bar Mitzvah Boy Makes Yad LaKashish Tzedaka Project

Gabriel Smestad of Maine visited Yad LaKashish for the second time last Spring, together with his parents, Gregory and Janine, Rabbi Albert Thaler, and friends from Temple Gates of Prayer of Flushing, NY. As well as picking up a beautiful tallit, he decided to dedicate his Bar Mitzvah project to Yad LaKashish.

Gabriel prepared an informative and attractive display board about Yad LaKashish (pictured below), and has been encouraging friends and family to mark his simcha by supporting Yad LaKashish. We already received more than 10 donations in honor of Gabriel’s Bar Mitzvah even before the simcha took place! We are most grateful for the donations which will be used directly towards empowering and supporting the needy elderly artisans. We are also delighted that Gabriel is helping us achieve our goal of bridging the gap between the generations, and wish him and all the Smestads Mazal Tov from the entire Yad LaKashish family!

Netanel from Efrat, Israel


Netanel Turgeman from Efrat, Israel purchased tea bag holders hand-painted with Jerusalem landmarks to give as gifts to guests of his Bar Mitzvah.

Rebecca Reed

Rebecca Reed visited Yad LaKashish on a family trip to Israel last year. She was so inspired that she adopted Yad LaKashish as for her Bat Mitzvah tzedakah project, raising money from a Bake Sale she ran, from friends and from family, and donating a portion of her own Bat Mitzvah gifts.

We put up a gold leaf on our Tree of Life plaque in honor of Rebecca’s generosity, but her contribution didn’t stop there. When she decided to join the Temple Judea of Coral Gables, FL teen trip to Israel, Rebecca suggested that the group visit Yad LaKashish.

Rabbi Judith Siegal, who brought the group, wrote afterwards that it was, "Truly a highlight of our trip!” Thank you Rebecca and to all our new friends at Temple Judea! Thank you as well to all the other B’nei Mitzvah who have shared your simchas with Yad LaKashish by supporting us so generously.

Yad LaKashish Commemorated in Bat Mitzvah's Presentation

We are also grateful to Talia Vessal, from the Meyer Academy, Florida, who independently adopted Yad LaKashish: Lifeline for the Old as her Bat Mitzvah tzedakah project. We enjoyed introducing Talia and her family to our elderly this summer, and were very grateful to receive the tzedakah money that she raised from fellow students.

You can view the presentation that Talia created below:


Every day, more than 300 elderly and disabled Jerusalem residents depend on Yad LaKashish to make their Golden Years shine.




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