Mitzvah Projects

Mitzvah Projects

We are delighted that our younger congregants are working to improve our world. 
Here are their Mitzvah Projects:

Ella Zinman

Ella’s Mitzvah project is raising funds for Citizen’s Kitchen in Israel. It was started on October 9, 2023, and is a grassroots wartime meal operation providing 500 meals a day to displaced families and soldiers. If you would like to donate in Ella’s honor, please visit or and mention it is in honor of Ella.

Giovanni Cammarata

Giovanni’s Mitzvah project has focused on volunteering. He has volunteered for Jewish organizations or had a Jewish theme. In addition to his busy schedule with school, club baseball (go Prime!), and family activities, he has volunteered at Congregation Or Tzion, the JCC, and Camp Stein.

Recently, Giovanni, a skilled challah braider, taught a local Girl Scout troop how to make and braid challah. He and his mother were able to teach the girls not only about challah but about Judaism as well. This came soon after the war started in Israel, so the timing of teaching people about Judaism was perfect. The girls really enjoyed the activity, Giovanni did an amazing job, and everyone learned something.

Jacob Rabinovich

Jacob has been spending his Monday afternoons working with fellow congregant Myra Shindler, Executive Director of the Bureau of Jewish Education, organizing the children’s section of the BJE library. Jacob has been sorting through and weeding out books that are no longer relevant (some are from the 1970s!) and reorganizing the books into easily accessible topics. He has set up a B’nai Tzedek Endowment fund at the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix, and the first grant he will be making from his fund will be in support of the library. If other congregants would like to support the library, they can do so by making a donation to Jacob’s fund and indicating it’s for Jacob Rabinovich.

Melissa Brown

For Melissa’s Bat Mitzvah project, she is volunteering her time at the Puppy Luv Animal Rescue. She walks, bathes, and plays with the puppies. She is also collecting the following items for the rescue: Gently used towels, blankets and sheets, Costco dry dog & puppy food, Paper towels, and Clorox wipes.

The items can be dropped off at Or Tzion during business hours.

Keira Falsey

As Keira celebrates the accomplishment of her Bat Mitzvah training, she also accepts the importance of helping our community and world one good deed at a time.

It is through volunteer services that ARIZONA EQUINE RESCUE ORGANIZATION (AERO) provides rescue from fires and rehabilitation of abused or abandoned cases, assists horse owners in distress, provides community education and at-risk youth programs.

Please consider a monetary contribution to AERO by using the following link to support the work done by this important organization in our state: 

Your generosity is greatly appreciated, not only by Keira, but by so many volunteers in rescuing horses, livestock, and other animals dependent on this service for their survival.