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Congregation Brothers of Israel

L'dor Vador—From Generation to Generation since 1883
לדור ודור


Our Primary School and Hebrew School serve as the foundation of our successful Bar-Bat Mitzvah Program.  Building on what the children study in class, candidates for Bar-Bat Mitzvah meet for a separate Bar/ Bat Mitzvah workshop. The children study the trope (cantillation for Torah and Haftorah reading), review prayers and hymns they have studied in Hebrew School and begin to understand the relationship of their other studies to their celebration. Students will learn how to write their individual D’var Torah, what is required for a Mitzvah Project and all the significant aspects important in enhancing this major life cycle event. Each student is responsible for completing a project depicting the theme of his or her portion.  They then teach the relevancy of their Parsha to their classmates.


After learning the trope and reviewing the prayers and blessings that are common to all students, the student receives one-on-one instruction in the Haftorah and Torah portion on Thursdays.  The proper singing of the prayers and hymns are reviewed at this time. These appointments are made at mutually convenient times for teacher and students. They are supplemented by the work of our tutoring staff who reviews the work with of all of our students throughout the week.  The Rabbi supervises each child’s progress.



Our B'nai Mitzvah students will share with the entire school the project they have chosen, to help make the world a better place. Where applicable, we will earmark all funds collected on a designated month to support the B'nai Mitzvah students raise funds for their project. All B'nai Mitzvah students for the year will support each other by participating in any drives, walks, etc. that may occur, as related to their Mitzvah project. Sometimes these projects may require our meeting at times other than scheduled class sessions. We ask all parents to be active participants in these projects and lend their support and cooperation. Special projects may be chosen by each class, as directed by the teacher.

Last year our school dedicated a month of giving to: Juvenile Diabetes, Therapeutic Horseback Riding in Israel,

Bima Baskets for the High Holy Days, the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen, the Kosher Food Pantry, and Cancer Care, among others.


Learning about our Jewish Community is a large part of the Gesher curriculum, as students prepare to choose their personal Mitzvah project as part of their B'nai Mitzvah requirements. They were given a view of the thousands of Jewish organizations that fill a tremendous need in our communities across the world. 
We wanted to share what they learned.

Makes me very proud to be part of the Jewish people!

Warmest wishes ,


What is a Mitzvah?
Doing a Mitzvah is much more than a good deed. It is a commandment that us brings into a partnership with G-D to make the world a better place.
Wherever Jews have lived, they have always formed organizations to help their community. Wherever there was a need, Jews tried to fill the gap and help. As you continue learning Torah, each Mitzvah helps you to live the true meaning of Torah
There are over 4000 Jewish agencies and organizations filling different needs to assist when possible. 
Students were assigned 1 of these agencies to research and report back to their class what they learned.
All of Israel Are Responsible for One Another
Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Bazeh

Emily Stinson
Hadassah was founded in 1680 by Henrietta Szold in Baltimore. The mission statement is “Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer organization that inspires a passion for and commitment to the land, the people, and the future of Israel. Through education, advocacy, and youth development, and its support of medical care and research at Hadassah Medical Organization, Hadassah enhances the health and lives of people in Israel, the United States and worldwide.” The goals of the organization are to give power to women by connecting to them. One example is assembling the national Coalition for Women's Health Equity.
The people that are helped are people all over the world with advocacy, youth development, and education. A great way is Advancing Health & Medicine in Israel. The agency has changed by adding more programs and undertaking more challenges.
I think that the work of Hadassah is important because they have amazing programs that help a lot of people. I think my agency makes a difference in the world because it makes people feel good about themselves. I would want to donate to Hadassah

Hillel - Jacob Lane
The name of the agency that I researched is Hillel International. That is the only name it goes by. Hillel International was founded in 1932.  On Hillel.orgthe organization states that its mission is “Enriching the lives of Jewish students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world”.  Hillel is the largest Jewish Campus Organization in the world.  It is represented at more than 550 colleges in the United States and works with thousands of students globally.  Through Hillel hundreds of thousands of college students around the world build leadership skills and create Jewish connections.  Local Hillels anticipate that leadership and motivated students will create positive Jewish memories for many motivated students.  Since 1932, Hillel’s mission had been the same.  
In my opinion the work the agency does is very important, because it is helping college students around the world with leadership skills. I think this agency makes a difference by creating leaders strong in their faith.  Also, it helps connect Jewish college students with other Jewish college students and helps create lifelong friendships because when students go away to college they may not know anyone.  
One day when I go away to college I would very much like to be a part of this organization.  When I am away at school and do not know anyone Hillel will help me to find other Jewish people for me to connect with.  With the help of Hillel I can become a strong leader and stay true to my Jewish roots.

Jewish National Fund Report
 By Jefferson Levy
I researched the Jewish National Fund, a.k.a. JNF.  It was founded in Switzerland on December 29, 1901.  The mission of the JNF is to increase the feelings that Jews in America have towards being Jewish.  This organization focuses on young Jewish Americans, in particular, to teach them about the land of Israel and Israeli people.
The JNF has three main goals:
-          Building communities in the northern and southern of Israel
-          Helping younger people feel connected to Israel
-          Infrastructure development for ecology, special needs, and heritage preservation
There are two groups that are mostly helped by this organization.  Jews in America help Israel through the JNF programs, which helps them feel more connected to Israel.  Israelis are also helped by the JNF because people give money to support programs in Israel.  This money goes to Israel to help with water, forestry, research & development and special needs.
The JNF has not changed since it started.  I believe the JNF is important because it gives money to Israel and they use this money to support Israel’s resources.  It is important for Israel to have support from American Jews, especially because Israel is surrounded by a lot of Arab countries that don’t like Israel.  Yes, I think the JNF is making a difference in the world.
I would like to be part of the JNF because I could help people in need.  I also like helping Israel because my mom’s mom, Savta, grew up in Israel.

Tue, June 2 2020 10 Sivan 5780