By Dupé Aleru|May 7, 2011|11:03 a.m.
Seventh grader Benji Stawski is already preparing for his Bar Mitzvah—a Bar Mitzvah is the religious initiation ceremony of a Jewish boy who has reached the age of 13 and is regarded to his community as being ready to observe religious precepts in addition to being eligible to take part in public worship.
Stawski is not just any ordinary boy. With the help of the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters (JBBBS) he takes part as a “little brother” in addition to having a “big brother” named Aaron. Benji and Aaron have been together for five years.
JBBBS is a nonprofit organization which is part of the Jewish Federation—they do not charge for services, but invest to ensure every child has a “big brother” or “big sister” he or she deserves.
In addition, JBBBS have Camp Max Strauss, an annual golf tournament and many exciting events such as, bowling parties for the children. JBBBS rely mostly on donations; therefore, donations do not cover all expenses.
Benji’s main goal is to get more people to make generous donations to JBBBS. How will he do this? Stawski plans on putting together a community service project through his Bar Mitzvah Project website. Individuals who donate will not just have the pride of helping and changing someone’s life, but they will also be eligible to receive a gift, such as a wristband or scented candle. Proceeds will be donated to JBBBS.
For more information on Benji’s Mitzvah Project, visit www.benjismitzvahproject.webs.com.