Social action has been an integral part of CBI since our founding in 1984. Over the years, our Kantor Family Center for Justice has pioneered a wide variety of community service projects, including Feed the Community, Mitzvah Day, High Holiday Food Collection, Sandwich Brigade and a partnership with Ebenezer Baptist Church for interfaith worship and events.
Community Service and mitzvot are an important part of our SLJ program and our Jewish journey.
Kindergarten through 2nd grade students participate in age-appropriate projects in our local community. Together as a class, the children see first-hand how their actions can affect the lives of others as they practice the Jewish values they learn in the classroom.
In 3rd through 6th grade, students in every class will decide together on a group mitzvah project for the class to engage in for the entire school year. At this age, children are able to start taking responsibility for Tikkun Olam (repairing the world), caring for others and the environment. As a group, they can enlighten each other about different worthy causes that are meaningful to them and their families.
In the B’nai Mitzvah year, each student will choose an individual mitzvah project with some personal meaning or significance. Typically, students will select their project and begin planning at the beginning of their Bar/Bat Mitzvah training. Families and friends are often invited to participate in or support the mitzvah project as part of the simcha. Once the student completes Bar/Bat Mitzvah and enters the EnCORE program, students are encouraged to continue their projects and take them to the next level. SLJ will offer resources, support, guidance and partnership to help students grow and expand their projects within and beyond our community.
In 8th through 12th grade, upper school students will have multiple opportunities to earn Mitzvah Chips both within CBI and in the community. Earning Mitzvah Chips will not only provide valuable real-life experiences, but they will also satisfy high school community service requirements. In 8th grade, our Madrichim program begins, allowing 8th-12th graders to serve as assistants in a Judaics or Hebrew class, an enrichment class or in the school office. Mitzvah Chips can also be earned by volunteering at CBI events like Sukkah building, loading the food donation truck at High Holidays, ushering at services, working with younger students on the weekly SLJ news broadcast, and so much more! Individual mitzvah projects will continue to receive attention and support, whether they are the continuation of a Bar Mitzvah project or establishment of an entirely new project. Students are encouraged to dream big, and SLJ will be there to help!