Areyvut works tirelessly to help the Jewish community gain as much as they can while adhering to Jewish values. The staff at Areyvut is extremely dedicated to the success and happiness of each of its clients, parents, children and employees and is a great resource for assistance regarding chesed projects, mitzvah projects and more!
Daniel personally came to our home to encourage our daughter who will have her bat mitzvah in March to become active in a project. He came at our request yet never suggested a fee or charge for his service. He was very gently encouraging and gave her concrete choices of ways she will be able to assist those in need. He did excellent follow up and seems genuinely committed to teaching young children to make a positive change in the world through action.
Areyvut's kindness a day calendar has been a helpful tool in remembering that there are easy ways to make a difference
Areyvut has increased my conciousness about performing chesed every day. When I look at the daily calendar, it reminds me to not only try to do their suggestion for that day, but to think of other ways to incorporate good deeds into my life all of the time. When I read the monthly newsletter, it amazes me how many people have been touched by Areyvut, & I want to do more. It makes me feel better about attempting to do more.
YCS was fortunate to be a part of a Areyvut Bar/Bat Mitzvah fair at The JCC in Tenafly NJ. Great idea, well attended and helpful in making new contacts. As a result of that original exposure we were asked to present to their young entrepeneur group to request a grant. The idea of empowering young jewish teenagers to carefully examine how this works and allow them to decide whom they felt should get the money they raised is an invaluable lesson for each of these aspiring philanthropists. It also provided much needed funds for a summer program for some of YCS' children. Their programs empower the students to think and grow.
I found the staff and members of Areyvut to be well organized in their efforts and a pleasure to work with. The members were extremely involved in managing, being "hands on", and thorough in the proposal evaluation process. They were very professional, well-spoken, and inspiring at the presentation of awards event. Above all, they were wonderfully sincere, compassionate, and entertaining with the children we serve. A great group to work with and I was always impressed!
I was given the ability to create awareness of the work done by Ezer Mizion, one of the largest organizations in Israel, among th estudents and parent body of a local school. Every method was used to enhance the experieince.
Daniel Rothner saw a need and filled it. Jewish parents, teachers and students have great ideas and suggestions, but Areyvut enables them to pull it all together appropriately and constructively. Of course, they have their own wealth of creative ideas, as well. Areyvut is an organization that enables people to be involved in good deeds. We need more of that in today's world. This organization is invaluable.
Areyvut's staff, especially Daniel Rothner, are welcoming, thoughtful and have a great deal of expertise to share with families and teens, as well as Jewish professionals, who are interested in learning more about tzedakah. They offer guidance and education to help teens engage in acts of chesed, and understand why chesed and tzedakah are important from a Jewish perspective and as member of the greater society.
When we were planning my son's Bar mitzvah, we knew we wanted to incorporate chesed(kindness) into the celebration, but we weren't sure who to focus on. There are so many different organizations,and we wanted to choose an organization to which we would feel a personally connection. Daniel from Areyvut helped us come up with ideas that were suitable and along the lines of my son's ideas. Areyvut's website helps match organizations by interest and location. We were looking to do some projects in Israel and in the US. My son ended up doing a school supply drive for a youth program in Israel. He collected the supplies and brought them to Israel to distribute them. He also wanted to do something related to helping sick children. Through Areyvut's website, we found Ezer Mitzion in Israel and went there to help packaged cakes to give to families of sick children. Here in the US, we donated board games to a local hospital. Areyvut also helped us come up with ideas for that, as well. There is much out there, and it's nice that one orginization is helping so many people, here and abroad. Areyvut really helped add meaning to our celebration.