Keren Or -- Jerusalem Center for Blind Children with Multiple Disabilities

Put the Mitzvah Back into Bar and Bat Mitzvah

As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you assume the responsibilities of a Jewish adult. You can use this opportunity to share with others what it means to live with multiple disabilities while also helping to support the students at Keren Or's Center in Jerusalem. Some of the activities that you may enjoy—playing video games, bicycle-riding, and going to the movies—are all challenging tasks for the students at Keren Or. You can help others remember to appreciate these experiences and consider the courage of Keren Or's students who face these challenges every day.

The blind or very low-vision students at Keren Or suffer from serious disabilities which make every developmental milestone, from sitting to self-feeding, major challenges in their lives. As a Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you can raise money to support Keren Or's programs for these students and help people understand the difficulties that they face:

  • Create your own Mitzvah Project
  • Include an insert about Keren Or in your invitation
  • Ask that guests make a donation to Keren Or in your name
  • Speak about Keren Or in your Bar/Bat Mitzvah presentation
  • Set up a personal fundraising website

By including Keren Or in your Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you will learn about the lives of young people with disabilities, and you will experience the fulfillment of giving tzedakah to benefit your peers in Israel.

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One student who visited Keren Or with her family was so moved by the incredible work of the therapists and the bright smiles of the students at Keren Or that she decided to raise money for Keren Or as a Mitzvah Project. She planned a swim-a-thon where she and her friends gathered monetary pledges for every lap of the pool that they swam. When they emerged from the water, nearly $1,500 had been raised! Her creativity, and the support of her family and friends allowed her to spread awareness of the challenges facing children with multiple disabilities and raise money to support Keren Or's work in caring for them.

You too can have an impact on Keren Or through your Bar/Bat Mitzvah. For the Keren Or Bar/Bat Mitzvah Kit and to get started,please call 212-279-4070 or e-mail