Mazel Tov on Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah
OneFamily Canada offers many programs to mark this milestone event with an act of tzedekah that provides heartfelt connection to Israeli terror victims. In fact, OneFamily was conceived by Michal Belzberg, with help from her father, a Canadian, and her mother, on the occasion of her 2002 Bat Mitzvah in Jerusalem.
Creating a bar/bat mitzvah project in OneFamily’s name will not only help re-build those lives shattered by terror, but will enrich your own life, establish you as a true friend of Israel and honour those with whom you are celebrating. We invite you to celebrate this special time in your lives by including OneFamily Canada in your tzedakah plans.
Developing Your Project
Be creative and enthusiastic and persistent. The only limit is your imagination!
For more information on how you can make your Bar or Bat Mitzvah more meaningful, please call the OneFamily office at 416.489.9687.
The work that OneFamily does is very important because they make a big difference in so many lives for victims of terror and their families in Israel. My mom and I researched fundraising ideas and came up with the idea of holding a Spin-a-Thon. The staff at OneFamily helped me create a website that my friends and family could log onto to donate money and secure their spot at my Spin-a-Thon. Approximately 50 friends and family made our event a huge success. I raised just over $3,000 for OneFamily. It was such a worthwhile experience and I hope to do more for OneFamily in the future.
I had an amazing time in Israel. It was an experience of a lifetime! I am so happy that I had the opportunity to go and visit the OneFamily office in Jerusalem. I didn’t want to just donate money to the organization, I wanted to do something special to make people smile, so I decided to make bracelets and bring them with me to Israel to give to the kids. I know that all the kids will really enjoy them. I realized how fortunate I am to have family and have the things that I have in life. I learned that donating money is one thing, but actually putting time and effort into something, made not only me but everybody happy!
I am a camper at Camp Timberlane and I know that Corey [Owner/Director Corey Mandell] supports the organization, and gives kids [from Israel] the opportunity to go to camp for a couple of weeks. This warmed my heart and made me realize that I wanted to help others have the same experience that I do each year.
For my mitzvah project, I wanted to support OneFamily, which makes the Camp Timberlane experience possible. I raised money to provide essential camp supplies for each camper and counsellor as well as donated any extra money raised directly to the camper fund.
Along with my cabin mates, I assembled shower baskets and backpacks filled with fun camp stuff in late June for the 2016 campers hosted by OneFamily.
I was so excited to see the OneFamily kids at Camp Timberlane with smiles on their faces.
For my Bar Mitzvah project, I walked on my treadmill the whole distance from my home to camp, which was more than 220 kilometres. It took me 11 weeks to complete.
I did this to raise money for OneFamily, to send a child to a camp in Israel or to Camp Timberlane. OneFamily is an incredible organization that helps Israeli families who have lost a family member in war or terrorist attacks. Many of those kids go to my camp in August for three weeks. On one Friday night, the whole camp gathers at chapel and the Israeli campers tell their tragic stories. Once or twice during the service, I look around and it seems that everyone is thinking the same thing as me — which is that we are so lucky to have everything in our lives and that we should help others who are not as fortunate as us. Each summer, I get to spend time with some of the Israeli campers. They are all normal kids, just like me and my friends, but their stories are very different than ours. I think it’s really important to raise money so more kids can have fun and experience camp life. At chapel, the Israeli kids explain how meaningful camp is to them. I have even started keeping in touch with the some of the Israeli kids during the year as well.
I was very proud of the money that I helped raise for OneFamily and I appreciated all of the donations that my family and friends made.
For my Bar Mitzvah, I decided to support OneFamily Fund, which is an organization that allows kids affected by terrorism to be sent to camp. The reason I chose this charity is because I understand how much of a life-changing experience camp can be and I can’t imagine the suffering these kids have gone through. I am proud to say that with the help of all of you we successfully raised approximately $3,500 which will send 3 to 4 kids to camp in Israel.
On your tables are bracelets for each of you. Many of them have inscriptions with the name of an Israeli who was killed by a terrorist attack on a certain date. Please take a bracelet and wear it to remember them and to support their families. Every time you wear it, I hope you remember how precious life is.