December 15, 2011
Members of Mitzvah Mensches wrote and delivered the following speech at Gateways' Sweet Sounds event, and presented CJP President Barry Shrage and Jewish Federations of North America President Jerry Silverman- now honorary Mitzvah Mensches- with Gateways "Mensch" T-shirts.
We are the Gateways Mitzvah Mensches. Mitzvah Mensches is a social action youth group. A mensch is somebody who helps others. At Mitzvah Mensches, we hang out with other Jewish teens and learn about how we can help others.
For the past few weeks at Mitzvah Mensches, we have been learning about CJP. We learned that CJP supports programs that help the elderly, help kids get a Jewish education and help people with disabilities.
CJP makes sure that Jewish teens like us can go to Gateways. CJP also helps Gateways. With the help of CJP, Gateways can fund mitzvah projects. We think that CJP is an awesome organization.
We would like to thank Barry Shrage, the President of CJP, and Jerry Silverman, the President and CEO of the Jewish Federations of North America, tonight because they support Israel and help Jewish organizations in Boston. Thank you, Barry Shrage and Jerry Silverman for all of your hard work. Since you are generous and cool, we would like to make you honorary Mitzvah Mensches, just like us.
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