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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Judaism, Religion

Mission: Areyvut enables Jewish youth to infuse their lives with the core Jewish values of chesed (kindness), tzedakah (charity) and tikkun olam (social action). A non profit organization established in 2002, Areyvut offers Jewish day schools, educators, synagogues and community centers unique opportunities to empower and enrich youth by creating innovative and meaningful programs that make these core Jewish values a reality.

Results: Areyvut has worked with thousands of individuals on a number of different programs, projects and initiatives, including: “Make a Difference” Day Bnai Mitzvah and Chesed Fairs Jewish teen philanthropy programs “A Kindness a Day” Areyvut Summer Internship and so much more…

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Areyvut's kindness a day calendar has been a helpful tool in remembering that there are easy ways to make a difference

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

9 Ezer Mizion

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

6 eisraels

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Areyvut is an important organization which provides unique and much needed service to the Jewish community. I would like to see programming like Areyvut's implemented in Jewish day schools everywhere.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Areyvut's focus on promoting traditional values is essential to perpetuating those values in the future. With each dynamic program sponsored and created by Areyvut, more Jewish youngsters have the opportunity to learn, in a fun and interesting way, Judaism's positive and life-affirming core values. Daniel Rothner and the staff of Areyvut bring a fierce commitment to their work.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Areyvut is a wonderful organization that meets an important need in the Jewish community in a creative and proactive way. Its leader, Daniel Rothner, has passion, vision and drive. It's gratifying to be a part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been collecting teddy bears and stuffed toys since 2002. I began to collect the toys soon after 9/11 and wanted to do something for the children here and the children in Israel. Someone donated 100,000 beads to our cause and we began to make Pins for Peace. My son thought that no one outside of the US would understand why we were doing this and suggested that instead offer to collect slightly used and new teddy bears to send to children in distress. We had our first donation of a Build a bear in Sept. 2002 and soon we were flooded with toys. We needed a place to send them and also someone to help us get the word out who we are and what we are doing. That was Areyvut. Due to Areyvut's invitations to attend several hesed fairs, we have been able to continue to keep our name fresh and out there. We have been able to keep the drive going. From that one toy and the 30 that I rounded up in my own home, we are now just over 89,000. We hope to reach 100,000 before Haim Ramano, the president of El Al retires. El Al offers us a discounted rate to ship the toys as a third bag on economy. They also challenged us to collect 100,000 and we want to do it. We know that we can due to Areyvut's efforts of helping us to get our name out there on a consistent basis. When you help Areyvut, you help us in turn. So please continue your support for Areyvut. Thank you Beary much, Claire Ginsburg Goldstein Bears from Bergenfield

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work in the volunteer management field at a Jewish non-profit in NYC and have been in contact with Areyvut regarding youth volunteer fairs and volunteer programs. Their staff is great--very helpful, knowledgeable and pesonable! I've enjoyed working with Areyvut and have been able to make great contacts in my field due to their volunteer fairs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great experience interning for Areyvut. Not only was I able to help out with day-to-day operations in the office, but I was also given the opportunity to meet with donors and help plan and implement programming, as well as to meet with representatives of other non-profit organizations. The internship program was a great experience, giving the interns exposure to all aspects of non-profit management - an in-depth approach gained from working on Areyvut projects as well as a broader approach gained from meeting with representatives of other non-profits from various fields.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

My 2009 Summer Internship at Areyvut was an experience I will carry with me for the rest of my life. At Areyvut I acquired so many professional and life skills. Areyvut taught me the values of Chessed (loving kindness), Tzedakah (charity), and Tikun Olam (bringing the world together). I developed programming for Bar and Bat Mitzvah students, wrote business letters and memos, partook in meetings, and made contacts with other NPO's. Every week we visited another organization and spoke with program directors. Each intern truly felt the value of their efforts, and knew they made positive contributions to the world on a daily basis. Areyvut opened doors within myself that I never knew existed and for that I will forever be grateful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My experience at Areyvut was a great one where I learned a lot about what it means to get children involved in acts of kindness. They gave me the opportunity to help organize their summer fundraiser, a job I found rewarding for both myself and all the children who got to experience it. They also gave me the opportunity to work on their upcoming 2010 calendar that highlights a different act of kindness each day. I found that particular task both fun to do and worthwhile as those people who read the calendar will hopefully become better, kinder people as a result. The entire organization loves what they do, and that love really spread to me by the time I finished volunteering there. They are extremely passionate about what they do and committed to getting their mission across.