The Jewish Link of New Jersey discusses the incredible impact and experience of volunteering with Leket Israel for one's bar or bat mitzvah. As Jacob Rutner expresses, this is a great way to "do more" for your bar or bat mitzvah. The Jewish Link describes:
"The Rutner family of West Orange traveled to Israel in June in honor of their son and brother Jacob’s bar mitzvah. After traveling to Israel during Pesach, Jacob received tefillin and enjoyed the holiday in the Jewish state, but felt he wanted to “do more” for his bar mitzvah. The Rutners looked into ways in which they could directly impact the Israeli community and its people. Their research led them to Leket Israel, the largest food bank of Israel that makes it their mission to distribute nutritious food to thousands of poor Israelis each year.
This was the first time that they took an active initiative to volunteer in Israel. Driven by their desire to impact the Jewish state, the family helped pick hundreds of pounds of crops that day and pr
ovide meals for numerous poor families. The Rutners were educated about where the food they just picked would go, how many families it would help and meals it would provide. Jacob was presented with a completion certificate and honored by the Leket team for his dedication to Israel and tikkun olam efforts.
The Rutner family described their experience as “eye opening” - something that allowed them to appreciate what they take for granted. Jacob and his family enjoyed seeing the difference they were going to make for the less fortunate. Jacob felt a physical connection to Israel through his work with Leket, and was able to appreciate the true meaning of being a Jewish adult on his bar mitzvah.