Temple Jeremiah

6th Grade Mitzvah Project


“The Highest Degree of tzedakah is helping others help themselves.” (Maimonides)
By Sunday, March 11th, please bring in any of the requested items below, which will serve to help those in need in our local area and in Israel.

Staben House

A transitional housing facility in Waukegan Township which serves homeless women and children by assisting them in establishing permanent housing, increasing skills, income, and achieving greater self-determination.

Lifeline for the Old  (Yad LaKashish)

A non-profit organization that offers Jerusalem’s needy elderly and disabled population the opportunity to remain a vital, creative part of society.


In 1993, Waukegan Township designed a program called Staben Center to provide men with a base to operate from, comprehensive case management, budget management skills, employment/transportation assistance, and education to develop the necessary skills to succeed, break the cycle of homelessness, and live independently. Opened in 1996, Staben House was created to provide a counterpart to Staben Center by providing assistance for homeless women and their children.


Founded in 1962, Lifeline for the Old provides stimulating work opportunities, a warm community environment, and invaluable support services to nearly 300 needy elderly and disabled Jerusalem residents. Almost all are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, Ethiopia, and South America. Lifeline strives to meet the needs of this unique aging population, valuing each individual’s background while empowering every participant with new skills and a strong sense of purpose.


  • Housing for up to 12 months
  • Counseling
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Education Assistance
  • Life Skills Education
  • Parent Training
  • Daily Children’s Activities

Five days a week, participants arrive from around Jerusalem to enjoy the comfortable yet dynamic atmosphere that fills each of their 12 workshops, which include bookbinding, needlework, ceramics, silk-painting, metalwork, and more.  The elderly artisans receive on-the-job training and supervision, enabling them to produce beautiful, high-quality craft and Judaica items.


  • Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, conditioner, dental floss)
  • Paper Goods (tissue, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, paper plates, cups)
  • Cleaning Products (bleach, disinfectant, dishsoap, Bounce laundry detergent, kitchen cleanser)
  • Infant Items
  • Linens (bath towels, hand towels, kitchen towels, bedding for twin mattresses & cribs, pot holders, curtains, shower curtains)
  • Utility Items (mops, brooms, buckets, light bulbs, hangers, laundry baskets, storage containers)
  • Art Supplies (markers, construction paper, paints, pencils, backpacks)

  • Beads (not plastic)
  • Silk Thread

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