You’re quickly approaching a major milestone in your Jewish life.  The Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley is here to help put the MITZVAH back in your Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  The GIVE A MITZVAH, DO A MITZVAH program can help to start your Jewish adulthood off on the right foot. Tell us what you’re passionate about and we’ll tell you how you can make a difference.


The possibilities are endless. Meet with the Federation's “mitzvah coordinator” to talk about your interests and brainstorm how you can truly make a difference in our local communities, in Israel and the rest of the world!



GIVE A MITZVAH, DO A MITZVAH is an initiative of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley that was created to offer young adults a resource for mitzvah projects and tzedakah opportunities for their B’nai Mitzvah year and beyond.  Your child may choose to donate to the Jewish Federation of Lehigh Valley Annual Campaign and/or to develop a hands-on social action project.


The JFLV is here to guide your child through the process of creating a social action project. With a little help from the JFLV, the possibilities for a mitzvah project are as endless as your son’s or daughter’s creativity.


Bring them in to meet with our “mitzvah coordinator” at the JFLV office.  We start with hobbies, interests – whatever they are passionate about. And then together, we’ll brainstorm ways to truly make a difference.



Reach out to our “mitzvah coordinator" Abby Trachtman at or 610-821-5500. She will help you find the project that is perfect for you.

Alicia Zahn and Marcie Staiman, Co-Chairs


Here are just a few ideas for mitzvah projects


Make a documentary – interview local Holocaust survivors or locals with historical knowledge of the Lehigh Valley. Put it up on YouTube and we’ll link it to the JFLV website and share it with local Jewish agencies.


Bake and decorate cupcakes with residents at the Ronald McDonald house and donate to soup kitchens in Israel.


Provide underprivileged teens with an opportunity to attend an IronPigs game and collect sports equipment for a community center for underprivileged youth in Israel.