Bar & Bat Mitzvah Projects

Many Bar and Bat Mitzvah students at Congregation Beth Emeth undertake a "Mitzvah Project", which is a project to help others in the community, in other parts of the world, or in the synagogue in some significant way. Students are encouraged to choose a project related to their own personal interests and hobbies, or to a need they have seen that is meaningful to them. A selection of current projects are described below. Some projects request assistance or invite participation from friends, family and the congregation, and we hope you will consider taking part.


Current B'nai Mitzvah Projects

Sophie L., Bat Mitzvah September 4, 2016

Homeless Animals Rescue Team

Sophie’s mitzvah project is to raise awareness and volunteer to help HART (Homeless Animals Rescue Team). HART is a no-kill rescue and support group that takes in abused or unwanted dogs and cats and finds new homes for them. Sophie is volunteering at their animal adoption events and collecting dog and cat food, toys, flea and tick prevention items, pill pockets, cat beds and gift cards. There will be a collection box at CBE if you would like to help support HART.

Lindsey D., Bat Mitzvah September 10, 2016

The Truth 365

For her mitzvah project, Lindsey is volunteering with The Truth 365. The Truth 365 is an Emmy Award-Winning grass-roots documentary film and social media campaign that gives a voice to children fighting all all forms of cancer. Lindsey writes monthly blog entries for The Truth 365, and serves as an adolescent voice supporting the childhood cancer community and their families. Her goal is to raise awareness and educate the public about the fact that the taxpayer-funded National Cancer Institute (NCI) allocates only 4% of its annual budget to pediatrics. To read Lindsey's blog posts, go to and put "lindsey" into the search box. You can also support her efforts and The Truth 365 at

Ava W., Bat Mitzvah September 24, 2016

Oakton Library

For her mitzvah project, Ava volunteered her time as a summer reading helper at the Oakton Library.

Ongoing Projects

Cameron L., Bat Mitzvah August 6, 2016

The Truth 365 and A Million Books for Hope

For Cameron's mitzvah project, she decided to work with The Truth 365 and A Million Books for Hope. These two organizations help spread awareness and raise money for pediatric cancer. Money raised by A Million Books for Hope will fund promising research and potential cures for pediatric cancer. With safer and more effective treatments, children diagnosed with cancer will live longer, healthier lives. For more information, please visit her webpage.

Alec & Owen C., B'nai Mitzvah June 4, 2016

CBE Butterfly Project

Our project is about the 1.5 million children who lost their lives in the Holocaust. We are creating a museum inside Congregation Beth Emeth to commemorate all the children who died. The seventh grade class is taking this on as their own project after previous years' donations to the Holocaust Museum Houston for their collection. Please help support our new CBE museum by making a butterfly and sending it to us. For information, visit

Is your (child's) Bar/Bat Mitzvah upcoming? We would like to share projects, including a brief summary of the project and its meaning to the student. If appropriate, we would also like to include how your guests and the congregation can help, either by direct participation or by contributing to the related organization(s). After your project is approved, please complete the EZ Publicity form (see the special notes in the left-hand column about using this form to publicize b'nai mitzvah projects.) Please send any appropriate graphic, photo, logo or flyer to the attachments email address shown on the EZ Publicity page. Once your project is posted here, we'll send you a direct link that you can give to your guests! Questions about publicizing your project? Contact Susan Berger, CBE Communications Manager.