Operation Mitzvah provides tangible and meaningful community service opportunities for youth as they prepare to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. It also provides opportunities for older teens to participate individually, as part of a youth group, or with their families. We can even arrange customized community service projects for teens!
The program is aimed at transmitting the core Jewish value of helping to heal and repair the world (Tikkun Olam). Through the program, young people can experience how fulfilling making a difference can be.
WJCS (the previous program administrator) and now BBYO, have established relationships with a wide range of community service sites. Enrollment in Operation Mitzvah is easy and offers you the following benefits:
- A personalized educator to guide you and answer questions as well as arrange logistics for you.
- The days, times, descriptions of specific volunteer opportunities available at each site
- Monthly group community service options
- A comprehensive packet of community service options
- Contact information for the person ‘in charge’
- A personalized telephone interview to guide you and answer questions
BBYO will monitor your service placement and be in touch with the site manager. Upon completion of your community service work, you will be issued a certificate of service.
October 26 is the initial deadline for application to the program. While we do accept registration on an on-going basis throughout the school year, applications are processed on a first come-first serve basis. Most of the service sites limit the number of volunteers on a given day so the earlier we receive the application, the better!
Operation Mitzvah provides both ongoing and one time service opportunities.
Operation Mitzvah Requirements (as pertains to ongoing service opportunities only):
- Participants will be required to make a minimum of six visits to be eligible for a service certificate.
- Calls must be made to the site in advance if a volunteer will not be coming on the expected day and/or time.
- Parental commitment is a necessary component of Operation Mitzvah; the degree of parental participation will vary depending upon the site.
- Student volunteers must attend all required orientations that a particular site holds in order to participate in the program.
BBYO also offers monthly, one time service opportunities. Click here to view monthly service opportunities.
How to Register:
- Read and review the community service packet. Download the packet here.
- Choose a project that best meets your interests, talents, and schedule.
- Register by clicking here.
- You will be contacted by Operation Mitzvah.
- There is 36 dollar fee to participate in Operation Mitzvah. You can pay in the following two ways:
- Send a check (made out to BBYO) to the JCC of Mid-Westchester, Attention: BBYO, 999 Wilmot Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583. On the memo line of the check please indicate your teen's name.
- Pay online by credit card by clicking here. Create an account, search for an event near me, type in your zip code, and Operation Mitzvah should pop up.