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Mitzvah Project: Mitzvah Candles

We know it’s sometimes hard to come up with a Mitzvah Project idea. When we learn about a Mitzvah kid who created a project by making something by hand, we love sharing!

This is the case with Emily Simens from Hewlett, New York. She celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on September 17, 2011 and decided to call her Mitzvah Project, Mitzvah Candles. The beneficiary of her project will be the JCC Food Pantry in Woodmere.

We caught up with Emily to ask her a few questions and learn more about her Mitzvah Project:

MM: Why did you decide on this Mitzvah Project?
My family donated food to the JCC of the Greater Five Towns’ Kosher Food Pantry many times in the past, so I knew I wanted to involve them somehow. There are many families in need just in our town and the food pantry needs donations.

MM: What does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah?
It means that you are doing something good that could change someone else’s life and you benefit from it too because you accomplishes something.

MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project?
I’m selling candles that I designed and donating the money to the food pantry in Woodmere.

Mitzvah Project: Emily Simens
The candle Emily designed

MM: If it involves a donation, what are you doing to spread the word?
I made a facebook page for the candle and my project was also featured in the Nassau Herald and in the Temple Israel bulletin.

MM: For how long can people donate to this charity?
: The food pantry could always use more food, so there is no limit to donating to them.

MM: Anything else we need to know about your Mitzvah Project?
The candles are $18 each. If someone would like to buy one, they can email me at

We want to thank Emily for sharing her Mitzvah Project with our readers!

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