Mitzvah Projects


As our children grow and learn, we want to instill the desire to help others in each and every one of them. Participating in social action mitzvah projects is one way that our kids can feel the satisfaction of helping others within a community of their peers working toward the same goal.

School Projects

The following projects are happening in our religious school classrooms. This page will be updated as more information is available.

Tie Blankets

  • Our 1st, 2nd/3rd, and 5th Grade classes have all elected to make fleece tie blankets to give to different groups who need them.
  • To make one blanket, we need 1 1/3 yards of two different contrasting pieces of fleece. The students would like to make around 15 blankets in total.
  • Donations can be brought to the temple through January 28th.

Ice Machine Fundraiser

  • Donate to our fundraiser to purchase a new ice machine for the temple. Donations can be made directly to TOR.

Helping Homeless College Students at Sac State: As many as 10% of the student population at Sac State are homeless or do not have enough money to feed themselves. Our mitzvah committee is collecting items to bring to the student services office for these students. Items can be brought to TOR and placed in the boxes provided in the foyer. Items needed include:

  • dry/non perishable foods
  • protein bars
  • ziploc bags – quart size
  • shower caps
  • towels
  • deoderant
  • shower shoes (flip flops)
  • dental hygiene items
  • feminine hygiene products
  • sunscreen
  • cotton balls and qtips
  • school supplies – college ruled spiral notebooks, pens, highlighters, backpacks
  • individual high-protein snacks  – granola bars, goldfish, raisins, nuts, trail mix, jerky

CSUS Student Needs 2018 – Click here for a more complete list of needs

Community Involvement

Mitzvahs can fall into many different categories. Below, you will see the four categories that are most frequently seen at TOR. For each category, you will find an opportunity for involvement. Please contact Mary Frank ( if you would like to help or if you have questions.

Tikkun Olam – Healing the World

  • Opportunity: We have a number of congregants who are homebound in our community. Volunteer to bring them a meal, visit them on Shabbat, or drive them to an appointment. Call the temple office if you are interested.

Tzedakah – Charity

  • This can take many forms, giving money, giving up gently used toys and clothing, or even giving of your time by visiting someone who is less mobile.
  • Opportunity: March 25th, 2018: Roseville First Methodist Church – Serve dinner for those in need on March 25th, 2018. This is a wonderful opportunity to do a mitzvah and help others in need. Please contact Mary if you and your family can help!
  • Opportunity: April 24th, 2018: Gathering Inn Dinner – Serve dinner to those in need at the Gathering Inn. Contact Sheryl Bane if you are interested in participating.
  • Ongoing opportunity: Call the office for a list of seniors who would love a Shabbat visit. Bring a challah and spend a few minutes saying hello and bringing Shabbat Shalom.

Bikkur Holim – Caring for the sick

  • We are working to establish a system for better helping those in our community experiencing illness. For the past few years, we’ve had a member of the community who has dedicated countless hours to looking after our list of those in need.
  • Opportunity: It is time to increase the number on this team of helpers. If you are interested in helping in this capacity, please contact Mary at the temple.

Nichum Aveilim – Comforting the Mourning

  • Comforting mourners is one of the mitzvahs our congregation does best.  For years, two dedicated temple members have been in charge of the bereavement committee—a loosely organized group of people that seem to always show up when needed.  We are always moved and impressed by the reaction of our community when someone suffers a loss, when living rooms are full for shiva services, when people volunteer to cook meals for mourners and take care of their needs.
  • Opportunity: It is time to increase the number on this team of helpers. If you are interested in helping in this capacity, please contact Mary.