Mitzvah Day 2019

In addition to the Mitzvah projects below, we are collecting the following items. Collection boxes are located in both buildings through May 19  Please donate generously!


Items for the homeless teen pantry 

for Bellefaire/JCB Homeless Youth Program

UNOPENED Emergency items for the homeless teen pantry: peanut butter, jelly, crackers, pasta, tuna fish, canned beans, rice, pop tarts, and chapstick

New and unopened arts & crafts supplies
for children in area hospitals 

Please donate new and unopened art & craft items such as crayons, markers, small coloring books, puzzle books, stickers, pipe cleaners etc.

Items need to fit into gallon-size Ziplock bags.

Books and Magazines 

for Patients at the Veterans Hospital: 

NEW OR GENTLY USED books and current magazines

Mitzvah Day Fair

Would you like to make a tax-deductible donation to help support Park's Mitzvah Day?  Click here and select the "Dr. Gilbert N. Silbiger Mitzvah Day Fund" in the Congregational & Community Outreach section. Thank you!

For Families with Pre-School & Elementary-age Kids,
but open to all ages! 
Drop-in projects at Park Synagogue East 
from 10:00 am-12 noon

  • Stuff Heart Pillows for cancer patients

  • Fill Activity Bags for children in area hospitals                                                                  (Please bring small arts & craft items that will fit in gallon-size ziplock bags)

  • Make non-sew Fleece Blankets for Benjamin Rose Institute                                          on Aging Adult Day Program Clients

  • Make Fleece Pet Toys for Rescue Village

  • Decorate Cards for US soldiers and write letters to Israeli soldiers

  • Learn Hands-only CPR

Sunday, May 19

Join fellow congregants to help with a wide variety of community service projects all across Cleveland! This annual event features mitzvah projects for all ages. 

Mitzvah Projects

Take a look through these great projects and make your selection(s) online below! Register now to get your first choice project! Registration deadline May 6!


#1 Bag Lunches for the Homeless 

Project: Prepare & pack bag lunches for  homeless people. 

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

@ PSE Social Hall

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Number of volunteers needed: 30 

Ages: 8+

Of special note: no volunteers with peanut allergies. Volunteers are asked to contribute food for the lunches.

#3 Greater Cleveland
Food Bank Collects, packs & distributes food to people in need. 

Project: Sort & pack surplus food for people in need. 

9:00 am - 12:00 pm 

Greater Cleveland Food Bank

15500 S. Waterloo Rd.

Cleveland, OH 44110

Number of volunteers needed: 25-30

Ages: 12+

Of Special Note: Must wear shoes with closed heel & toe & sign a release.

#2  Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry Packs & distributes food to people in need. 
Project: Pack bags of produce & other food for people in need; and/or deliver food to people at a central location
Pack: 9:00 - 11:00 am
Deliver: 10:45 am - 12 Noon 
@ Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry

2004 S. Green Rd. S. Euclid, OH 44121

Number of volunteers needed: 8 volunteers to pack & 3 to deliver

Ages: 12+

Of Special Note: Must wear shoes with closed toes.

#4  Trinity Cathedral-
A Place at the Table Provides meals for people in need. 
Project: Set-up, serve and clean-up lunch for people in need
11:30 am - 1:30 pm 
Trinity Cathedral

2230 Euclid Ave.,

Cleveland, OH  44115

Number of volunteers needed: 6-8

Ages: 15+


#5 Hope Lodge Provides home-like setting for cancer patients & their families.  

Serve dinner at 6:00 pm

@ Hope Lodge

 11432 Mayfield Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106

Project: Prepare & serve dinner for residents undergoing cancer treatments.

Number of volunteers needed: 8-10

Ages: 13+

Of Special note: Sponsored by the Neshama Group. Volunteers supply food; must be healthy; cancel if have a cold.

#6 Hospice of the Western Reserve Provides end-of-life care to patients & support to relatives.

 9:00-11:00 am

@ Hospice of the Western Reserve

300 185th St. 

Euclid, OH 44119

Project: Serve brunch to & socialize with patients and their families. 

Number of volunteers needed: 4-5

Ages: 15+

Of Special note: Volunteers must be healthy; cancel if have a cold.

#7 JFSA Group Homes Operates group homes for developmentally disabled adults

1:20-2:30 pm @ PSE 
27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Run bingo games & serve refreshments to disabled adults. 

Number of volunteers needed: 6

Ages: 8+

#8 Ronald McDonald House Provides housing for families with hospitalized children

10:00  - 11:00 am 
@ Ronald McDonald House

10415 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106

Project: Prepare & serve brunch for families

Number of volunteers needed: 8

Ages: 13+

#9 The Weils is an assisted living facility for seniors.

1:30 pm 

@ The Weils

16695 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023

Project: Park Volunteer Choir performance for residents.  

Number of volunteers needed: For Park Volunteer Choir Members and Family Only

#10 Youth Ability Provides supportive services to teens & young adults with disabilities

9:45  - 11:30 am

@ Beachwood High School

25100 Fairmount Blvd.,

Beachwood 44122

Project: Exercise & socialize with teens/young adults with disabilities to encourage them & model correct movements

Number of volunteers needed: 6-10

Ages: 13+

Of special note: dress to workout


#11 American Red Cross
We need your blood! 
9:00 am - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Donate blood to the American Red Cross Blood Bank

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: 17+

Of special note: Please make appointment: Call 216-371-2244, ext. 202. Check blood donor restrictions at Walk-ins welcome as time allows.

#12 Card and Letter Writing

9:00 am - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Make cards & write notes to U.S. & Israeli soldiers 

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: Any

Drop-ins welcome!

#13 Cookie Baking

Drop off at PSE from

9:30 to 10:00 am

Project: Bake cookies at home for area police and fire departments.

Great family project!

#14 Hands-only CPR & AED Training

10:00 am- 1:00 pm @ PSE 

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Take a few minutes to learn this new CPR technique. You may save a life!

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: Any

Drop-ins welcome!

#15 University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center Heart Pillows

1:00 - 3:00 pm @ PSE

27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Stuff and sew closed heart pillows for UH Seidman Cancer Center breast cancer patients.

Number of volunteers needed: unlimited

Ages: Any

Drop ins welcome!

Also need people to sew pillows before Mitzvah Day!


#16 Menorah Park 
Skilled nursing and Rehab facility 

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

@ Menorah Park

27100 Cedar Rd, Beachwood 44122

Project: Plant flowers for the residents to enjoy all summer

Number of volunteers needed:

6 families

Ages: for families with kids 13 & under

(Project sponsored by Park Family Connection)

#17 Cleveland Kids' Book Bank Collects & distributes books to children in need

9:30 am - Noon 

@ Cleveland Kids' Book Bank

3635 Perkins Ave. Cleveland 44114

Project: Sort & pack books to distribute to children in need. 

Number of volunteers needed: 20

Ages: 13+

Of Special Note: Wear closed toed shoes. 

#18 Deliver cookies

Pick up cookie trays between

11:00 - 11:30 pm @ PSE
27500 Shaker Blvd.

Project: Deliver cookies to area police and fire departments.

Number of volunteers needed:

8 families

Great Family project!

#19 MedWish International Collects surplus medical supplies to send to 3rd world countries.
1:30 - 3:30 pm
@ MedWish International

1625 E. 31st Street

Cleveland, OH 44114

Project: Sort & pack surplus medical supplies for 3rd world countries.

Number of volunteers needed: 20

Ages: 13+

Of special note: Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes.

#20 Cleveland Chesed Center Provides food, clothing and household items to people in need 
9:30 - 10:30 am @ PSE

1898 S. Taylor Rd., Cleveland Hts., 44118

Project: Stock shelves with food and/or organize clothing room

Number of volunteers needed: 5-8

Ages: 10+

Of special note: Volunteers must wear closed toe shoes


#21 Eliza Bryant Village is a residential facility for seniors.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

@ Eliza Bryant Village

7201 Wade Park Ave.,

Cleveland 44103

Project: Bring your docile pet to visit with the residents.

Number of volunteers needed: 8 pets and their families

Ages: All

Of special note: Pets must have up-to-date shots. Great family project!

#22 Rescue Village Provides care and adoption for abandoned pets.

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

@ Rescue Village

15463 Chillicothe Rd.,

Novelty 44023


Help with a variety of projects at shelter, take tour and meet-n-greet animals

Number of volunteers needed: up to 20

Ages: 8+

Of special note: Great family project!

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