Mazel Tov Eliana!
Dear Family and Friends,
In preparation for my bat mitzvah, I’ve been thinking a lot about the responsibilities I will take on as a Jewish woman. One of the most important mitzvot I can do, in addition to davening and learning Torah every day, is to give charity. So, I decided to raise money for Project Ezrah, a local organization that helps people find jobs, and gives money to families who are going though hard times. It’s important to me that Project Ezrah helps people in our community, because the Talmud says, we are obligated to give charity in our own town before we give to people in other places.
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Project Ezrah is Purim. Project Ezrah sells mishloach manot packages for people to deliver to their friends. It’s a great thing because we usually have so much junk food from mishloach manot the we end up throwing some away. Project Ezrah sells packages with just a few delicious treats, so not only do people waste less food, but the extra money saved goes to needy people and fulfills another important Purim mitzvah — matanot l’evyonim (giving to the poor).
Ever since I can remember, I have helped Project Ezrah with their mishloach manot project. I pack them, I deliver them, and my family gives them to our friends on Purim. At my bat mitzvah party, my friends and I will be packing tons of Project Ezrah mishloach manot to help raise money for this great organization. I would appreciate it if you would consider making a donation to Project Ezrah instead of giving me a bat mitzvah gift.
Thanks so much and have a happy Purim!