“Doesn’t everyone have iPads?” My naïve Bar Mitzvah Student asked me. I met my online bar mitzvah student who recently came to me with his family wanting to learn how to sing a Torah portion in preparation for his bar mitzvah service. We spoke about how I would teach him to sing his Torah portion but also how part of my Jewish education will build on the Hebrew school that he attended in Toronto, and we will learn about being kind of good to the world around us which means helping the less fortunate.
As part of his bar mitzvah journey, he wants to donate a portion of his gift money to a charity called world vision.
As explained by the charity World Vision, with the support of our fellow Canadians, we focus on helping the most vulnerable children overcome poverty and experience fullness of life. We help children of all backgrounds, even in the most dangerous places. Together we can protect children today, and empower them for tomorrow.
Love is what drives everything we do. We believe every child matters, and we work together with people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender to make the world a better place for children.
We go boldly into places where others aren’t to help children who need it the most. We speak out against poverty and injustice – and help communities raise their own voices too.
We’re making lasting change by leading with vision, wisdom and determined action to show the possibility of a better world. Through our work, every 60 seconds a family gets water, a hungry child is fed, and a family receives the tools to overcome poverty.
My online Bar Mitzvah Student realized that while he and other kids have the latest basketball sneakers and the latest iPhones it means nothing to someone his age who doesn’t have food in his belly or roof over his head. He decided to make an impact and not only give a percentage of his bar mitzvah gift money to this charity but also at his Bar Mitzvah deliver a speech that would encourage his guests to be kind and good make a donation to this worthwhile charity.