Partner Outside Organization: Jewish World Watch
Completion Date of Last Project: 4/27/2014
Description: Thousands of people come to walk together at the Jewish World Watch Walk To End Genocide. We march to let our local community and the world know that we will not stand idly by while human rights violations, violence, and genocide continue to impact the lives of innocent men, women and children. Participants walk for the cause, visit the Awareness Fair before and after the Walk, gather information at the advocacy booths on human rights abuses in Darfur, Sudan, Congo and elsewhere, participate in advocacy actions for the conflict minerals campaign, watch solar cooker demonstrations, make crafts, and listen to great music. The Walk evidences how our actions can change lives. It's not just a Walk- it's a Celebration of our community of conscience!
Family Friendly: Yes, this program is geared towards families more than individuals.
Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour commitment to a single project. Interested students should contact Event Chair and Mitzvah Project Coordinator several months in advance to determine whether some aspect of coordinating this event could serve as a Mitzvah Project. While definitely a wonderful Mitzvah, participating in the Walk to End Genocide alone will not fulfill the Mitzvah Project requirements. Interested students could potentially coordinate with the Event Chair and/or Jewish World Watch to raise awareness and recruit participants for The Walk To End Genocide.
Partner Outside Organization: none
Chair: Jack Mayer
Completion Date of Last Project: ongoing
Description: Save a Child's Heart is a highly acclaimed Israeli international humanitarian medical project, located at the Wolfson Medical Center, a government hospital in Holon, Israel. Our mission is to save the lives of children from developing countries by performing heart surgery to correct congenital heart problems and deformities. Without this treatment all of these children would perish. Also we train pediatric heart surgeons and medical specialists to create medical teams to work in their own countries. To date, we have saved more than 3300 children from 48 countries. More than half of the children who were treated successfully last year were from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority. SACH also operates a Children's Home in Holon where the children and guardians from various countries stay normally for 3 months for pre and post-operative care. The cost to save one child is only $10,000 … much less than a 10th of what it would cost in the United States.
Family Friendly: Yes
Is It B’nai Mitzvah Project Worthy?: Mitzvah Projects require a minimum 10-hour “hands on” commitment to a single project. Any fundraising needs to be above and beyond the basic requirements. Interested students should contact the Event Chair to discuss an advocacy or awareness-raising campaign involving outreach to schools, scouts, or other outside community organizations. Mitzvah Project Coordinator approval required.