March Mitzvah Madness

Mitzvah often means “a good deed”

Our JCC, is celebrating the importance of giving and doing good deeds with a month of giving back to our community and Israel. march-mitzvah-logo

For the third consecutive year, throughout the course of the month of March, our JCC will be running events and collections to raise money and awareness for 8 different charities located in our local community, across the U.S., and in Israel.

Learn about the Charities we are supporting


Fitness Challenge — with proceeds benefiting the Lev Organization

Sunday, March 11 | 1:00pm 

$200 raised in support. 


Compete to see who is the JCC's fittest member.  Prizes will be awarded for the Top Finisher in each Phase. 

Phase 1: Cardio (10 minute challenge)*

  • 10 lunges
  • 10 sit-ups
  • 15 push-ups
  • 20 high knees

Phase 2: Endurance (10 minute challenge)*

  • Bear Crawl
  • 10 Burpees
  • 15 leg raises
  • 20 squats

Donation Options: 

  • Phase 1 OR Phase 2: $35
  • Phase 1 AND Phase 2: $60
  • A Donation box will be available for anyone who wants to make a separate donation.


Bake Sale — with proceeds benefiting the Yemin Orde Youth Villagebake-sale-photo

Thursday, March 22 | 11:00am to 7:00pm

$469 raised in support. 

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NCAA Bracket Challenge — supporting Flags of Valor and the FIDF

$405 raised in support.

  • $20 per bracket
  • Each participant must complete a tournament bracket online at by Wednesday, March 14.
  • Brackets will be available on beginning early March
  • 25% of the proceeds will be awarded as a prize.
  • 75% of the proceeds will be donated to the two organizations.

Pasta Dinner — with proceeds benefiting Special Olympics of Somerset Countyspecial-olympics-photo 

provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

$900 raised in support.

Sunday, March 18

  • 5:00-7:00pm
  • $10 person, All you can eat.
  • DJ JeanMarie from Entertainment with Sophistication

Pasta, DJ, Dancing, FUN!


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Zumba and Bollywood-a-thon — with proceeds benefiting the Usher 1F Collaborative usher-syndrome-child-photo

funding medical research to find an effective treatment to save or restore vision.

$500 raised in support. 

Thursday, March 22 | 6:30 to 8:30pm

  • $20/Member; $25/Community Member

Five Great JFit Group Fitness Instructors will lead participants through two hours of fitness fun while raising money for the Usher 1F Collaborative.


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Collection for the Somerset County Food Bank 

8 Boxes of Supplies Collected

Food Items Needed (items can be dropped off in the JCC Lobby or in the Preschool)

  • Canned Spaghetti Sauce
  • Shelf Stable Milk
  • Tuna
  • Canned fruits and vegetables
  • Canned meats (spam, corned beef, stew)
  • Hot and Cold Cereal
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Soup
  • Juice

Non-food Items Needed

  • Toilet Paper
  • Diapers and wipes
  • Paper Towels
  • Deodorant
  • Hand Soup
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish Detergent
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Shampoo

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Collection for Somerset Regional Animal Shelter 

10 Bags of Supplies Collected


(items can be dropped off in the JCC Lobby)

  • Unopened dog & cat food
  • New blankets
  • New toys.


Charities we are supporting

About Yemin Orde Youth Village

Yemin Orde Youth Village, located on 77 acres atop Mount Carmel in northern Israel, is home, school and safe haven to 440 at-risk andimmigrant youth from around the world.  The Village remains open 24/7, 365 days a year, for youth who have no other place to call home in Israel.  Yemin Orde provides a high ratio of staff to students and provides individualized therapeutic care and academic tutoring to those in need of extra supportive services. Additionally, the Village’s “Informal Educators” provide mentoring to troubled youth and are available 24 hours a day.  The traditions and values of Judaism are woven into every aspect of life at Yemin Orde.

Graduates remain connected to the Village long after graduation and often return for financial assistance, life cycle events and celebrations. This sense of safety andlifelong support for graduates is one of the unique elements that makes Yemin Orde Youth Village a model of excellence in Israel.

Yemin Website 

Flags of Valor

Flags Of Valor is far more than a veteran-run business. From their inception, they've been driven by two distinct ideas. First, that our combat veterans deserve opportunity. Second, the belief that Made in America still matters.

The team is exceptional and constantly growing. The majority of our craftsman are service-disabled, with significant combat-related injuries.  We've created an environment where teamwork is foundational and camaraderie is supreme.


Friends of the Israel Defense Forces friends-of-the-idf-logo

Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) was established in 1981 by a group of Holocaust survivors, under the leadership of John Klein z'l, to provide for education and wellbeing of the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as well as the families of fallen soldiers. Headquartered in New York City, FIDF is a 501c3 not-for-profit corporation that operates 20 regional offices in the United States and Panama.

The strength of the IDF, which has been guarding the State of Israel since it declared independence in 1948, derives from the selfless determination and great capabilities of the young men and women who form it. At the tender age of 18, all Israelis are drafted into the IDF. Those who serve commit to uphold the difficult tasks of defending Israel’s borders and guaranteeing the safety of its people. 

The Israeli government is responsible for training IDF soldiers and providing them with the necessary tools for their service. FIDF is committed to providing these soldiers with love, support, and care in an effort to ease the burden they carry on behalf of the Jewish community worldwide.

Somerset County Food Bank food-bank-logo

The mission of The Food Bank Network is to distribute food and to provide other basic human needs to those less fortunate in our community in a manner which recognizes and advances self worth and human dignity. Our method of distributing this food is through three food pantries, located in Somerville, Bound Brook, and North Plainfield, and a warehouse in Bridgewater.

On a daily basis, they take emergency calls from people who need help and are unable to wait until our Saturday pantry distribution. Usually, they are first-time people or people with special needs. We also take walk-ins of people needing immediate help. Our goal is to help create the opportunity for each person to become self-sufficient. 


Somerset County Food Bank Website

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter somerset-regional0-animal-shelter-logo

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter is a not-for-profit municipal shelter that provides:

  • 24/7 Animal Control Services; Provided to Bridgewater, Manville, and Green Brook.
  • Animal Adoptions
  • Trap Neuter Return (TNR) Found a stray cat? Please call them at 908-725-0308 to find out how they may be able to help you.
  • Animal Surrender
  • Microchipping
  • Behavior and Training Advice
  • Lost Pet. If you have lost your pet, contact the shelter right away with your pet’s name, physical description, and if possible, a photo. They will spread the word and do what we can to help return your family member as soon as possible.

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Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Website

Special Olympics of Somerset County special-olympics-logo

Special Olympics is founded on the belief that people with intellectual disabilities can, with proper instruction and encouragement, learn, enjoy and benefit from participation in individual and team sports, adapted as necessary to meet the needs of those with special intellectual and physical limitations.

Special Olympics believes that consistent training is indispensable to the development of sports skills, and that competition among those of equal abilities is the most appropriate means of testing these skills, measuring progress and providing incentives for personal growth.

Special Olympics believes that through sports training and competition people with intellectual disabilities are benefited physically, mentally, socially and spiritually, families are strengthened, and the community at large, both through participation and observation, is united in understanding with intellectual disabilities in an environment of equality, respect and acceptance.

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Special Olympics Website

Lev Organization

The Lev Organization was founded in 1991 by parents which children were diagnosed with cancer and were treated at the Pediatric Hemato-Oncology Department at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa.

The name of the Oragnization "Lev" originted from the belief that only through joint struggle and effort, coupled with hope, can we help our patients and their families during the difficult period of treatment and give them the feeling that they're not alone in their struggle.

Their aim as parents of pediatric cancer patients is: To pass on the knowledge and experience we have accumulated to the families struggling with the cancer, to support them and enhance them well-being as well as to support the medical staff treating them.

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Lev Organization Website

Usher 1F Collaborative usher-collaborative-logo

Usher 1F Collaborative is a 501c3 nonprofit foundation whose mission is to fund medical research to find an effective treatment to save or restore the vision of those with Usher Syndrome Type 1F.

Usher syndrome is the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP. RP causes night-blindness and a loss of peripheral vision (side vision) through the progressive degeneration of the retina. The retina is a light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye and is crucial for vision. As RP progresses, the field of vision narrows—a condition known as “tunnel vision”—until only central vision (the ability to see straight ahead) remains.

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Usher 1F Collaborative Website