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    Hanukkah Schedule — 2017-5778

    Celebrate Hanukkah with BZBI through our #servefor8 program. Spend the week of vacation serving the Philadelphia community through Tikkun Olam.  Contact Alyssa for more information.

    This is a past schedule. To be notified of this year’s schedule, subscribe to our newsletter to hear about it first!

    Wednesday, December 13:

    Youth & Family PTA Book Drive for Mighty Writers

    We are collecting books at our Community Hanukkah Party for Mighty Writers.

    They are in need of new or used:

    • Children’s books for toddlers (board books, cloth books, etc.)
    • Toddler games and activities
    • Children’s picture books for ages 9-12
    • Young adult books for ages 13+

    Thursday, December 14-17:

    Collection Drives

    Please drop off toiletries for the Gemilut Hasadim Closet initiative and individually wrapped toilet paper rolls for the Gift of Life House Wish List.

    Monday, December 18

    Our Closet Pop-Up Store

    9:00 AM-1:00 PM. Join BZBI and Jewish Family and Children’s Service to provide a shopping experience for those in need. JFCS will come and turn our Sanctuary into a store. Each shopper will get 5 tickets and volunteers will work with each shopper to create a personal shopping experience. As shoppers leave, we will be providing them with toiletries from our Gemilut Hasadim Closet. Sign up for volunteering shifts here.

    Making Cards for the Jewish Relief Agency

    Students of all ages, from our playschool kids to our On One Foot class, will create cards that the JRA will add to their holiday packages.

    Children’s Coat Collection with Repair the World and Philly FIGHT

    5:30 PM in Rittenhouse Square. We will be running a collection for warm children’s clothing in conjunction with the Center City Kehillah’s Hanukkah Candle Lighting. We are in need of warm children’s clothing (pants, shirts, jackets, sweaters, gloves, hats, and shoes) ages 0-adolescent that Philly FIGHT’s Pediatric Clinic can give to their patients. We’ll also accept warm clothing for adults.

     Tuesday, December 19

    Cook at Home for Bethesda Project

    We’re are looking for ready cooked hot meals and sides that can serve 10 people. Food can be prepared in advance and dropped off at the Church on that day if you cannot serve. Please contact Rosalie Kurz with questions. Some great ideas include lasagna, casseroles, chilli, etc. Sign up here if you can help us cook!

    Wednesday, December 20

    Serve for the Bethesda Project

    7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Church (1831 Bainbridge). We will be serving hot food to a group of 40 men at St. Mary’s Church, 1831 Bainbridge. Sign up here to serve.

    USY/Teen Clothing Sort with Repair the World

    5:30 PM-7:30 PM. Open to all BZBI teens and NHS Kitah Zayin.  Sign up here. We will open up with a short text study followed by a clothing sort for JFCS’s Our Closet Pop-Up Stores.

    Monday, December 25

    Wintershelter Christmas Dinner

    5:00 PM at Trinity Memorial Church (2212 Spruce Street). We’ll join with Wintershelter to serve a Christmas dinner to a group of over twenty homeless men. You will have the option to cook, serve, or both. Sign up here.

    Tuesday, December 26

    Gift of Life House Dinner

    5:30 PM-8:00 PM. Join BZBI in supporting the Gift of Life house. We will be serving a meal and dropping off our Gift of Life Wishlist collection. We are still determining if we will cook the meal together or bring prepared food. Volunteers must be 14 years or older. Sign up here.