Each year on Mitzvah Day we commit to an entire year of changing the world. This year, we’re doing things a little differently. Mitzvah Day has become Mitzvah MAY!

Celebrate the culmination of all the ways in which our Stephen Wise Temple community has participated in acts of loving kindness and sought to make a difference in our local and broader communities.

Join us on Sunday, May 5 at Wise for a wide variety of projects to participate in–there is something for everyone!

Rosh Hodesh

Wednesday, May 8

Join other Wise Women for our monthly gatherings of learning, prayer, meditation, community as we mark the beginning of each new month. Rosh Hodesh, traditionally associated with women’s celebrations, offers us an opportunity to explore a new theme and intention for every month on the Jewish calendar.  Led by Cantor Emma and Rabbi Sari, we look forward to creating a time and space together for sacred reflection and meaningful connection. For Rosh Hodesh Iyyar, we are also marking Mitzvah May, and so we ask that you bring a box (or more!) of tampons or pads with you as support of the Tampon Project, created by our very own WTY’s Emily Jacobs.

Housing the Homeless with special guest Tommy Newman

Friday, May 24

Join Rabbi Ron Stern and Tommy Newman, Director of Public Affairs for the United Way’s “Everyone In” campaign for a Shabbat dinner to discuss the United Way’s role as the coordinator of L.A.’s comprehensive response to homelessness. These initiatives include prevention strategies, support for subsidized housing, construction of affordable housing, bridge and permanent supportive housing, and management of services for the homeless. This is the most important step that moves L.A. towards a coordinated and comprehensive approach to dealing with housing for the homeless in the community.

What’s Next?

Learn how you can continue to help our partners all year long!

Beit Issie Shapiro

Donate to Beit Issie Shapiro or visit their facilities while in Israel! BIS is the leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually.

ADOPT (Animals Depend On People, Too) an Animal – Los Angeles Zoo

Donate to the ADOPT (Animals Depend On People, Too) program, which offers animal lovers the opportunity to help the Los Angeles Zoo’s wildlife conservation efforts and create a special bond with the animals.

UNICEF Kid Power

Donate to an organization that empowers children to make a difference in the world by getting active and learning to lead healthy lifestyles.

The People Concern

Volunteer at TPC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center) right here in Los Angeles, located in Santa Monica! TPC is an organization that helps our local homeless rebuild their lives, helping individuals and families to restore their dignity, gain stability, and become contributing members of the community.

LA Family Housing

Volunteer to help prep/serve meals at LAFH’s North Hollywood shelter, or donate to one of their many causes. LAFH helps people transition out of homelessness and poverty, through a continuum of services, into a more stable and supportive way of living.

Save A Child’s Heart

Donate to SACH, an Israeli based organization that provides life-saving treatment and follow up care for children from developing countries regardless of their religion, gender or nationality.

Homes for Heroes

With nearly 5,000 homeless veterans, those that obtain housing often move in to a completely empty space, so our Wise community has taken it upon ourselves to do something about it! Throughout the year we raise money to help make a house, a home by supplying items as small as kitchen utensils and bathroom items, to larger items such as refrigerators and mattresses.

You can donate or buy items directly needed from our Amazon Wish List.

Israel Sport Center for the Disabled

Donate to the ISCD, an organization the empowers children and adults with physical disabilities from all backgrounds to participate in physical and psychological rehab through sports … which all leads towards leading productive and successful lives in Israeli society.

Save the Syrian Children Gently Used Item Drive

An organization that is going where other aid organizations cannot…into the hospitals of Aleppo and Idlib in Syria to deliver life-saving medical supplies for the children and innocent civilians being bombarded by the Assad regime.

City of Hope Blood Drive

Donating blood and platelets is one of the most powerful mitzvahs you can do, helping to save a life.

Book Sorting for Wise Readers to Leaders

Provides a summer literacy and enrichment program that supports Scholars and families from under served communities.

The Impact

Mitzvah May is a celebration of our dedication to Tikkun Olam throughout our Wise Community. From our youngest learners to our seniors we are dedicated to doing our part to make lives better throughout the world. We are celebrating our efforts to help those in our local communities and beyond—reaching all the way to our friends in Israel and even supporting refugee efforts on the ground in Syria.

Beyond Mitzvah Day, you have a chance to help the homeless in our community find safe refuge; reach out to our veterans; provide for kids in need; protect animals; and do so much more to improve the lives of others. We hope that you’ll continue to commit time to work with our local and international partners throughout the year.

Together we make meaning and change the world!

To find out how you can get even more engaged with our Center for Tikkun Olam, visit our website or contact our Director of Programming, Jennifer Smith.