The volunteers who support Jewish World Watch relief and development projects are the amazing backbone of our organization here are just a fraction of the incredible projects students, individuals, groups, and organizations have put onto support the people of Darfur and Congo!

Climbing and Partying
Name: Callen Raveret
Organization/Schoool:
Location: Wellesley, CT
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: First, he climbed a mountain to raise money for JWW’s Solar Cooker Project when he was 14. As if that wasn’t enough, for his 16th birthday party, he eschewed the typical gifts and instead had his friends and family make donations in his name, collecting an impressive sum. We all look forward to his upcoming events!

Mixing it Up
Name: Challah for Hunger
Organization/Schoool: UCLA Hillel
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Every week, students from across UCLA gather on the 2nd floor of Hillel to make, braid and bake over 100 loaves of challah. They engage students and educate them on atrocities happening around the world, and they sell the bread on campus raising money for JWW’s Solar Cooker Project. So far, they have raised over $25,000, and recently they were awarded the Elizabeth Stern Award from the URC at UCLA.
Links
» The Challah for Hunger Page
» The Hillel Page
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Presenting Solar Cookers
Name: Micah Light
Organization/Schoool: Wornick Jewish Day School
Location: Foster City, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education
Project: At Wornick Jewish Day School’s celebration, Micah Light represented JWW’s Solar Cooker Project with a full display. Here he is showing off his official plaque!
Shout it Out Loud
Name: Huntington Beach High School
Organization/Schoool: Operation Save Darfur
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy
Project: High school students Adam, Kayla, Kylie and Pete rallied their school and the greater community to put an end to the genocide in Darfur. Hundreds came out for a program at lunch, listening to speakers and writing letters to Congressman Rohrbacher. They also sold really cool shirts, as seen in the pictures below.

Making Change
Name: Arianna Moss
Organization/Schoool: Condit Elementary School
Location: Claremont, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education
Project: Every year the California City of Claremont’s Human Services Commission and Committee on Human Relations sponsors the annual “Making Change” contest to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and other champions of human rights and social justice. Over 700 students participated this year submitting entries and Arianna Moss (grade 6, Condit Elementary School) won with her essay focusing on her inspiration to make change because of the JWW Solar Cooker Project! Congrats to Arianna we know you will make positive change not only in Claremont but across the world!

Tag. He’s it.
Name: Josh Shapiro
Organization/Schoool: Camp Ramah
Location: Studio City, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: This summer I went to Camp Ramah, on one of the days, Jewish World Watch came and shared about what was happening in Darfur. I never knew it would get that bad, but I did know I had to take action. As soon as I got back from camp I started planning my fundraiser. I talked with an employee of JWW named Mina to discuss further planning. Mina deserves a huge thanks because she helped me set up this fundraiser. I kept thinking and I had to scratch the first few ideas, but I came across a brilliant one. I planned to have it at Ultrazone. Everyone loves Laser Tag, so I decided to have it there. When the date came for the fundraiser, I was filled with so much excitement. We were playing Laser tag for Darfur! That was cool. So many people came and we raised over $500 for Darfur. I was so happy we are able to help Darfur. Thank you so much Jewish World Watch, I am now planning the next fundraiser to come soon.

Giving Students a Voice
Name: JR Fleming and Margot Hershman
Organization/Schoool: Greenhill School
Location: Addison, TX
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy, Refugee Relief
Project: Mr. Fleming challenged his Modern Africa students: if they could come up with an educational project to raise money for refugees from Darfur, he would consider it. Senior Margot Hershman brought in Solar Cookers and with the class they decided to host bake sales and t-shirt sales, have petitions go around campus, and raising awareness in the community. Apryl Giraudon wrote a wonderful article in the link.
Links
» A Brighter Future

…To the Gulf Stream Waters
Name: Amoreena Brewton’s class
Organization/Schoool: Gulf Shores High School
Location: Gulf Shores, AL
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Mrs. Brewton’s AP History class raised over $900 through a uniform free day, bagging groceries for tips and selling cookies and sno-cones. Their principal was completely supportive of the whole process which made it easier to get things approved. They have made such a huge difference by doing things they already enjoyed! Thanks so much for all that you guys do to make things better in this world!!
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Name: Samantha Weintraub
Organization/Schoool: Holmes Middle School
Location: Studio City, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: For her bat mitzvah, Sammi made a choice to be an adult and take the opportunity to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Along with her parents David and Jodi, and her brother Josh, Sammi stayed true to her mission and was able to present a large check to Tzivia to help the refugees of the genocide. Hopefully more will follow in her footsteps.

Quilt While You’re Ahead
Name: Cory Chan and Mary Ng
Organization/Schoool: Brooklyn Technical High School
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Under the leadership of Chris Rabot, Cory and Mary headed up their Save Darfur Club, collecting money for our Solar Cooker and Backpack projects. Each club member was required to make their own quilt panel, and soon the panels will be assembled and displayed in the school, hopefully working to unite a larger effort all around New York.
Links
» Event Pictures
» Quilt Page
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Beyond Comfort
Name: Noah Sutton-Smolin
Organization/Schoool: San Diego Jewish Academy
Location: San Diego, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: 13-year-old Noah Sutton-Smolin’s first name—like that of the biblical Ark-builder—means “comfort.” That being the case, young Sutton-Smolin set his sights higher than his name. His bar mitzvah project was intended not to merely comfort the refugee women of Sudan, but in many cases, to prevent them from being afflicted in the first place by raising money for the Solar Cooker Project.
Links
» San Diego Jewish World

A Haven for Good People
Name: Cheryl Patterson
Organization/Schoool: Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo
Location: New Haven, CT
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: We were fortunate to have Indian Summer weather for the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo. Jewish World Watch was the exclusive charity represented at the Festival for the second consecutive year. The Backpack Project’s objective dovetailed with the Green Expo’s social advocacy objective of providing real solutions for people to live better, healthier lives. $1200 was raised, which will make a positive difference in the lives of others.
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Gleaning the World
Name: Yonah Bromberg Gaber
Organization/Schoool: Congregation Beth Judah
Location: Ventnor, NJ
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: When Yonah Bromberg Gaber’s bar mitzvah was approaching he considered his Torah portion which read, ” When you gather your harvest of your land, do not complete it to the corners of your field; and when you gather your harvest, harvest so that the poor and the stranger will have gleanings left for them; I am the Lord your God: Leviticus: 23:22 (Parshat Emor) It resonated with him. He had been introduced to the genocide in Darfur in 2006 and since then had been concerned with the situation. When he discovered the SCP project he said, “I was excited because it aids the refugees from Darfur and because it is a renewable energy, one of my interests.” He read Not On Our Watch by Don Cheadle and John Prendergast and watched the movie ‘Hotel Rwanda,’ both of which reinforced his decision to do something to help. He wrote a letter to his family and friends asking them to support the SCP. Mazel Tov Yonah and keep up the good work!

Hot Diggity Dog
Name: Jason McKinney’s Class
Organization/Schoool: Tibbetts Middle School
Location: Farmington, NM
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Thanks to a grant from BP America Inc. as part of an Energy Education Program called ‘A+ for Energy’, Mr. McKinney’s seventh grade social studies students at Tibbetts Middle School embarked on a solar energy exploration, culminating in a contribution to the global community. The students did loads of research, some of them even making their own solar cookers, and went out to educate other local schools as well as news reporters. They made hot dogs and cinnamon apples in the cookers, raising nearly $1200 and educating 500 students about efficient energy usage AND Darfur!
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Spoons 4 Solar
Name: Jacob Robinson
Organization/Schoool: Akiba Academy of Dallas
Location: Dallas, TX
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Jacob wanted to something to help the people of Darfur for his mitzvah project, so when he heard about the Solar Cooker Project he started to think of ways to raise money . He came up with selling painted spoons and selling them for six dollars each. The hand painted spoon can be hung up as a reminder of the genocide while a plain wooden spoon is sent to the Darfur refugees to help the women cook their food. In a few months he has already raised over 3,000 dollars for the project!

Bracelet Yourself
Name: Carlie Richman
Organization/Schoool: Congregation Or Ami
Location: Calabasas, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Carlie Richman heard about Jewish World Watch on Kol Nidre and immediately started planning. She felt strongly about doing her part to end the genocide in Darfur and loves jewelry. She put the two together and made beautiful pieces she sold to her friends, family and strangers. In a few short months, she has already raised nearly $3,000!
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Fast for Darfur
Name: Jessica and Aaron Isaacs
Organization/Schoool: Temple Aliyah
Location: West Hills, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy
Project: Siblings Aaron and Jessica Isaacs, along with many friends, put on a full day of activities for students of all ages while they fasted for seven hours in honor of the seven years the genocide in Darfur has been going on. It was an incredible afternoon of singing, dancing, writing letters to politicians, cooking couscous in solar cookers, and education.
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Stand and Deliver
Name: Samantha Miller and Shelby Mills
Organization/Schoool: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center
Location: Pasadena, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education
Project: Young congregants Samantha and Shelby impressed their family, friends, synagogue and even Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater when they stood on the bimah and delivered an inspiring sermon to the congregation on why we need to take action around the world, especially in Darfur.
Links
» Download Speech

Doodles and More
Name: Rebecca, Ceci and Gabriella
Organization/Schoool: Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School and Yavneh Hebrew Academy
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Inspired by Zoe Ezzes who paints rocks and sells them to benefit the JWW Solar Cooker Project, 2nd graders Rebecca, Ceci and Gabriella, from Temple Israel of Hollywood Day School and Yavneh Hebrew Academy held a neighborhood bake sale, lemonade stand and homemade “yarn doodle” sale to raise funds for the Project.

Giving Tree
Name: Romaner Family
Organization/Schoool:
Location: Dallas, TX
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: The Romaner children (Ben, Dalia, Adina and Micah) remembered their grandmother, Leslie, telling them about a money tree her father had given her. It was a tree branch covered in money. Leslie’s grandkids decided to honor that memory and the life lessons they had been taught by creating a “tzedakah” tree. The tree branches held “coins” representing donations of solar cookers and other gifts that all make the world a better place.

Hot Costumes
Name: Rachel Siegel and Talia Klein
Organization/Schoool: Akiba Academy of Dallas
Location: Dallas, TX
Activism in the areas of: Education
Project: This year for Purim, Rachel and Talia decided to dress up as Solar Cookers. They felt the responsibility to “Not stand idly by” and spread awareness of the situation in Darfur because the Jewish people were once victims of a cruel genocide. These costumes were made in preparation for their school’s “Solar Cooker Program” in which they will educate their fellow students about the Jewish World Watch Solar Cooker Project, and the crisis in Darfur — bringing to life what was said just a few decades ago: “Never Again.”

Sleepless for Darfur
Name: Genocide Aware-A-Thon
Organization/Schoool: BBYO Lake Ontario Region
Location: Toronto, ON
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy, Refugee Relief
Project: About 40 teens collected pledges from family & friends in support of their participation in BBYO’s Genocide Aware-a-thon, a 12-hour event for Jewish teens, aimed at raising awareness about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. They made art, talked with a refugee, and raised $1200.00!
Links
» Article from Canadian Jewish News
» Article from Jewish Tribune
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Hanukah Party
Name: W Group
Organization/Schoool: Stephen S. Wise
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Advocacy, Refugee Relief
Project: Stephen S. Wise’s W Group hosted an amazing party at the premiere LAX club in Hollywood. They raised $4,500 in one night of music, latkes, and raffles. Also, they had everyone sign postcards to send to President-elect Obama.
Links
» W Group
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Potholders for Peace
Name: Norma Grinfeld
Organization/Schoool: University Synagogue
Location: Irvine, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: “Potholders for Peace” created by University Synagogue’s Director of Education, Norma Grinfeld, was an effort to bring “age appropriate” awareness about Darfur in the Religious School classroom. The key focus was to use the life preserving solar cookers as a way of teaching students about an important Jewish value, Tikkun Olam (healing the world) as well as describing conditions in the villages of Darfur. Students of all grade levels including senior congregants from our Tikkun Olam committee came together to decorate potholders that were sold before and after Religious School. All the proceeds will go towards the purchase of solar cookers for the villages of Darfur.
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Kneading the Dough
Name: Eli Winkelman
Organization/Schoool: Challah for Hunger
Location: New York, NY
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Eli Winkelman started baking (amazingly delicious) challah in college. The money she raised from sales went to help end hunger around the world. Four years later, Challah for Hunger is now a national program at ten universities across the country, with more springing up every semester. Fifty percent of proceeds from Scripps and UCLA’s sales have been donated to Jewish World Watch.
Links
» Challah for Hunger
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Workmen’s Circle of Life
Name: Eric Ravens, Ethan Barkin, Stephen Rossman, Jeremy Roller, Harrison Price, and Dylan Davis
Organization/Schoool: I.L. Peretz Jewish School of Nassau
Location: East Meadow, NY
Activism in the areas of: Education
Project: As six of the students from I.L. Peretz Jewish School of Nassau were preparing for their cultural bnai mitzvah, they took it upon themselves to educate their shul about what is happening in Darfur. Eric Ravens, Ethan Barkin, Stephen Rossman, Jeremy Roller, Harrison Price, and Dylan Davis spoke with their community in East Meadow, NY, inspiring them to get involved in JWW’s mission, and helping provide refugee families with solar cookers.

Donut Stand Idly By
Name: Danny Sexton
Organization/Schoool: St. Xavier High School
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Danny Sexton knows how to capture the interest of his classmates – by selling donuts. After local grocery stores donated pastries, Danny and his friends sold them on campus to raise money for the refugees from Darfur. The program was so successful, that he is continuing the program throughout the year!
Links
» Students Move to College
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Jumping Rope was Never so Important
Name: Michelle Hirschhorn
Organization/Schoool: Pressman Academy
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: When Michelle heard about what is happening in Darfur, she knew that being 10 years old was not going to stop her. She organized a Jump4Darfur and raised over $12,000 in just 45 minutes, all while getting kids involved.
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Teaching the Future
Name: Orley Denman
Organization/Schoool: Camp Ramah
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy
Project: Orley, a teacher at Temple Israel of Hollywood, has gone above and beyond the call of duty. As an organizer at Camp Ramah, Orley has spearheaded JWW summer programs which have inspired countless students to take action back at their schools and their communities. Creative fundraisers have included bake sales and bowling nights, and an advocacy program at City Hall.

The NorCal Organizer
Name: Gabe Ferrick
Organization/Schoool: Congregation Shomrei Torah
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Gabe started with a Bar Mitzvah project and ended up raising over $16,000 (which is about 530 backpacks) plus another $9,000 from his own Walk for Darfur! In achieving this, he spoke to hundreds of people in local schools, synagogues, youth groups and more . . . and got them all involved as well. And now, Gabe has been named a Real Hero Good Samaritan by the American Red Cross for all his work.
Links
» Photo Book
» NorCal Walk for Darfur
» SF Jewish Examiner
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Jewelry Maker and Youngest Board Member
Name: Shelby Layne
Organization/Schoool: Harvard-Westlake
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy, Refugee Relief
Project: Shelby refashions and sells vintage jewelry to the tune of over $30,000, 100% of which she has donated to the JWW Solar Cooker Project. She has also hosted screenings, implemented JWW’s Activist Certification and Training program at her high school, has raised awareness in her community, and serves as the youngest member of the JWW Board of Directors. ABC news even recognized her work in their weekly spotlight “Cool Kids!”
Links
» ABC’s Cool Kids Video
» Jewish Journal – Renaissance Grad
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Dancing for Darfur
Name: Hayley Frankel
Organization/Schoool: Teens 4 Tolerance
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Activism in the areas of: Advocacy, Refugee Relief
Project: Hayley is an all-out rock star. It seems that every time we turn around, she has raised another thousand dollars by one of her creative projects. Most recently, she co-hosted a Dance for Darfur at the Santa Monica Pier, pulling out all the stops to make it another noteworthy event. All the while, Hayley gets middle school students inspired to do their part, not least by starting the organization Teens 4 Tolerance with her friends!
Links
» Teens 4 Tolerance

Painting Rocks for a Cause
Name: Zoe Ezzes
Organization/Schoool: Darfur Rocks
Location: South Bay, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Refugee Relief
Project: Zoe had a simple idea: in order to honor the memory of her late Uncle, a JWW supporter, Zoe paints rocks to raise money for JWW’s Solar Cooker Project. The result is a bit more complex — the proceeds have gone on to raise over $5800 for solar cookers in Chadian refugee camps as she has raised awareness all over the South Bay area and beyond. Now she even has her own website —www.darfurrocks.org.
Links
» Darfur Rocks
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Pre-Schoolers with a Cause
Name: Trike-A-Thon
Organization/Schoool: Kol Tikvah
Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Some pre-school students ride their tricycles just for fun. The three, four, and five year olds at Kol Tikvah were spinning their wheels to raise nearly $1,000 for the Bialik-Rogosin School in South Tel Aviv.
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The Art of Philanthropy
Name: Molly Orlovich
Organization/Schoool: Campbell Hall
Location: Studio City, CA
Activism in the areas of: Refugee Relief
Project: Molly brought students together from all corners of Campbell Hall forming a club to discuss how they could combat the genocide in Darfur. They decided on having an art show at a local coffee shop/ gallery, selling original art while raising money.

More Mitzvah, Raising the Bar
Name: Shachar Astor
Organization/Schoool: Valley Beth Shalom
Location: Encino, CA
Activism in the areas of: Education, Advocacy
Project: Shachar shied away from the traditional Bar Mitzvah in order to raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur. Instead of showing a montage of his life, he made a short film about the work of Jewish World Watch interviewing Rabbi Schulweis and Janice Kamenir-Reznik, he had guests sign petitions, and he donated money toward refugee relief. And, most recently, Shachar spoke in front of the entire Valley Beth Shalom community to educate others.
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