Beth Hillel Elementary students learn to put Jewish values into action.
Throughout the year, students have opportunities to participate in tzedakah (righteous giving) projects that enrich our local community and the world. In addition to participating in our Temple Mitzvah Day, our students run a garden and constantly harvest fresh food for the Interfaith Food Pantry, take baked goodies for local firemen, donate school supplies for children who are victims of domestic violence, and collect books for public school libraries. They have contributed money to plant trees in Israel and Los Angeles, held bake sales to benefit disaster survivors, provided solar ovens for refuges in Darfur, and sent mishloach manot (baskets of Purim goodies) to Israeli troops. Through these actions, our students learn to care about others and to give back to our local community and the world.
In each grade level, students adopt a cause and learn about one way they can help repair the world. Students in TK, Kindergarten and first grade work in the Interfaith Food Pantry and in the Temple Mitzvah Garden, and second and third graders visit the elderly and perform at Hanukkah and Purim. Our fourth, fifth and sixth graders learn about the value of Bal Tashchit, taking care of the earth. Their social action work includes leading the school in trash-free lunches, a beach clean up, a temple-wide recycling project and programs and assemblies to educate the younger students about the importance of caring for our planet.