The Hiddur Mitzvah Project can be a simple group activity where the participants create beautiful custom pieces of Gary Rosenthal Judaica, or it can be expanded into an even more meaningful program. Gary can even come to be a part of your program as a visiting artist. Visiting artist programs are dependent on the size and location of your project and Gary's availability. If you are interested in a visiting artist program please contact us.
Here are some ideas for expanded programs and how the Hiddur Mitzvah can make a positive impact on you, your family, and your community, using art as a catalyst for good.
- Tikkun Olam is an important concept in Judaism--our heritage teaches us to repair the world, but we may need inspiration and innovation to do so. With The Hiddur Mitzvah Project, you can explore new creative venues for helping those in need. A Hiddur Mitzvah Project can be a bridge to smaller communities in need, locally or internationally, and it not only allows you to give, but also to walk away with a beautiful reminder of your good deeds.
- Jewish education is pivotal to the continuation of the Jewish people. The Hiddur Mitzvah Project will engage people of all ages in learning through art and mizvot. Imagine teaching your community about Jewish values, tzedakah, and tikkun olam, and concluding with a Hiddur Mitzvah Project in which each participant creates a tzedakah box and designates a cause for the money collected. The values taught will last a lifetime.
- Fundraising is more meaningful when mitzvot are involved. Imagine your community working together to create beautiful mosaics at an awareness event. The group project is worthwhile in itself, but the result--your glass fused and joined to a piece of Gary Rosenthal Judaica--is valuable because of both the Gary Rosenthal connection and your unique touch. Auctioning or selling the product will raise much-needed funds for your community.
- Fulfillment of mitzvot is the real driving force behind The Hiddur Mitzvah Project. Making something beautiful is a mitzvah in itself, but you can incorporate many other mitzvot into your project. On Shabbat, your daughter will want to light her Sabbath candleholder because she helped to make it. A ritual will become more meaningful when the objects used are made by you or someone you love.
- Intergenerational activities work beautifully with The Hiddur Mitzvah Project. The project can be a bridge between grandparents and grandchildren who would like to share an activity and time together. School children can reach out to elders in senior living facilities through a Hiddur Mitzvah Project. The project is as much fun for a 70-year-old as a 7-year-old, and it's sure to be an enriching experience for everyone.
- Spending time with family is becoming more difficult--between school, work, activities, and everything else in life, chances are few. The Hiddur Mitzvah Project combines many mitzvot into one activity the whole family can enjoy. Family members can explore Judaism and spiritual values in a new way, and children who might be bored sitting through services can be engaged with this creative, fun aspect of Judaism.
- Make a glass or paper mezuzah with students and teach about the Sh'ma/V'Ahavta.
- Make a mezuzah for every classroom.
- Lead an activity in which each student makes one mezuzah for him/herself, and one for a child in another country. (Learn more about our Twinning Project).
- Take your class to a senior living facility for intergenerational mezuzah making.
- Seniors in high school can make mezuzot to take to college.
- A confirmation class can make one large mezuzah for a confirmation gift and individual mezuzot for each member of the class.
- Make mezuzot to give as donor gifts or honor awards.
- For a new building or addition, make a mezuzah for every doorway.
- Teach about Hanukkah and make paper or glass dreidel tops; after they are finished and returned, teach the dreidel song.
- Have a Hanukkah party with a dreidel-making activity.
- Give dreidels as small Hanukkah gifts.
- Teach about Hanukkah and make glass or paper menorot.
- Seniors in high school can make menorot to take to college.
- Lead a charity activity and make extra menorot for congregations that lack ritual items.
- Hold a mother/daughter candlestick-making activity.
- Conclude a community-wide Shabbat dinner with a candlestick-making activity.
- Teach about charity and make paper or glass tzedakah boxes.
- Conclude a community service event with a tzedakah box activity.
- Make a large tzedakah box for your temple or organization in memory of someone special.
- Teach a lesson about Yom Kippur and the importance of tzedakah at a time of repentance.
There are a variety of ways in which your organization can use the Hiddur Mitzvah Project as a fundraiser.
Because there is a 25% discount off suggest retail on Hiddur Mitzvah items, you can charge participants the full retail cost of the items, or any other markup you want, and keep the difference as a fundraiser.
You can charge a small fee to participate in the project, regardless of what pieces are made.
The finished items can be sold through your organization at a markup of your choosing, or auctioned off at a community event.