Each year, our community joins together to do 8 days of good deeds to celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah. In 2022, we have ample opportunities for volunteers of all ages to give back and be reminded what matters most as we show our compassion and gratitude for our community.

Make an impact during 8 Days, 8 Ways, and encourage your friends to do the same. Post on social media about how you’re making a difference and tag @JVCPalmBeach on Facebook and @jewishvolunteercenter on Instagram along with #8Days8Ways.

 

 

Thanksgiving Food Drive
Wednesday, November 16
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Drop off donations at either Mandel JCC:
5221 Hood Road, Palm Beach Gardens
8500 Jog Road, Boynton Beach

Honor the Jewish value of Ha’achalat Re’evim – feeding the hungry – by donating turkeys and non-perishable food to help ensure local families can have a hearty, healthy and festive Thanksgiving. Please register with your location preference to drop off your donated items.

Donations will support Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County, The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach and The Salvation Army.

Family Art Project & Food Distribution
Monday, November 21
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach
8655 Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach

Children and families are invited to create a dynamic art project that teaches even though individuals may look different, we are united by the most important part: our hearts. This family-friendly volunteer event highlights the Jewish value of V’shinantam L’vanecha – and you shall teach your children.

Space is limited. This activity is a partnership with The Soup Kitchen of Boynton Beach and Ayel Morgenstern.

Make Hanukkah Cards for Seniors
Deliver completed cards by Monday, December 12
An easy way to brighten someone’s day! No matter your age, bring smiles to the faces of seniors at MorseLife and recipients of meals from Kind Kitchen with this fun, at-home volunteer opportunity. Simply click here to download Hanukkah cards. Print and decorate as many as you’d like, and we’ll deliver your notes during the Festival of Lights. This initiative honors the Jewish value of Bikkur Holim – visiting the sick – and is proudly in partnership with PJ Library® and Federation’s Family Engagement & Outreach, Mandel JCC, Yad Hebrew School for Students with Differing Abilities, Meyer Preparatory School, community members and our synagogue partners.

Mail or deliver completed cards by Monday, December 12 to:
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
1 Harvard Circle, Suite100
West Palm Beach, FL 33409

Hanukkah Celebration & Supply Collection for Children in Foster Care
Sunday, December 18, 2022
2 – 3:30 p.m.
The Square
700 S. Rosemary Avenue
West Palm Beach

Let love and light fill your heart as you join our community for a family-friendly event to celebrate the start of Hanukkah with the Mandel JCC at The Square in Downtown West Palm Beach. To honor the Jewish value of Nedivut – Being Generous, help support children in foster care through JAFCO by bringing donations of underwear, socks and pajamas to the JVC booth, which will also feature a Hanukkah card making station.

Reading to Children
Wednesday, December 21
10 – 10:45 a.m.
Boynton Beach*

Spend the morning celebrating the winter holidays by reading to children in kindergarten with the Anne & Sam Klein Literacy Program. Volunteers can embrace the Jewish idea of Kehillah – community – as you read to children in small groups. The JVC’s Anne & Sam Klein Literacy Program  provide a book to each child for their personal home library. Books are funded by the Alloy Family Foundation.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to jessica.fried@jewishpalmbeach.org

*school address will be provided upon registration confirmation.

Hanukkah Meal Packing & Delivery
Wednesday, December 21 – Friday, December 23
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Kind Kitchen of Palm Beach
844 Prosperity Farms Road
North Palm Beach

Honor the Jewish wish for Refuah Shlema – swift and complete healing, as you fill the bellies and hearts of hundreds in our community. Join JVC, The Kind Kitchen of Palm Beach and Alpert Jewish Family Service this holiday season to safely prepare and deliver 500 healthy, festive Hanukkah meals to homebound seniors and community members struggling with illness and crisis.



Cookie Decorating with Seniors for Local Heroes
Thursday, December 22
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Sunrise Senior Living
10605 S. Jog Road
Boynton Beach

All ages are welcome to join the residents of Sunrise Senior Living as we decorate and package holiday cookies which will be donated to essential workers on Christmas Day. Our friends from PJ Library® will be on-site providing all guests with PJ Library aprons as we listen to the story Hanukkah Cookies with Sprinkles and honor the Jewish value of Kibud Zekaynim – honor senior citizens.

Help Local Women and Men in Need
Sunday, December 25 (Christmas)
11 a.m.
Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
1 Harvard Circle, West Palm Beach (outdoor activity)

Spend the morning helping local residents by helping pack 1,800 care packages filled with basic hygiene supplies to support our local Dignity Grows chapter. Our 8 Days, 8 Ways series of volunteer opportunities culminates with this special event that upholds the Jewish values of Tzedakah – to be righteous and Tikkun Olam – repairing the world. Kits will be donated to Palm Beach County Safe Schools and Human Trafficking Coalition.

 

 


We are closely monitoring the continuously changing situation with COVID-19 and will adjust our event plans based on public health guidance.

For more information on any of these volunteer opportunities, please contact volunteer@jewishpalmbeach.org or call 561.242.6653.