Name: Jenna Saloner of Dance for Love
Town: San Diego, California
Project Date: March 2012
Mitzvah Project: Bake Sale to
raise funds to purchase a TV and DVDs for the Orphanage
Tell us a little about yourself and Dance
I am a 10th grader and attend the San Diego Jewish Academy. I am
very close to my family and we always have Shabbat dinners together every
Friday night. After school I love to dance. I do ballet jazz and lyrical. During
my free time I also like to hang out with my friends.
Dance for Love is a mitzvah group that I started this year
for my sister and her friends. Dancing has always been a passion of mine, and I
wanted to share this passion to the world in a productive way. In August 2011,
I decided to start this charity group because it enabled me to combine what I
love to do and charity work!
Most of the
girls in the group are around 10 years old, and they all love to dance. The
girls in my group are Jayde, Demi, Shaye, Evanna, Deryn, Victoria, and Chloe.
About twice a month I choreograph a new dance, and teach it to them. They
always love learning new dances, and I greatly enjoy teaching them new skills
and helping them improve on their technique. We have performed these routines
at old age homes and for children with special needs. With this group, we also
do various charity events. After we performed at the old age home, we sat with
all the residents and made Purim cards with them; and the group and I
participated in a Seder with the children with special needs.
How did you
decide to take on this particular project for Lev LaLev?
Along with my Dance for Love charity group, I decided
to raise money for Lev LaLev though a bake sale, because I love to help
children in any way possible. Israel has always been a big part of my life, and
helping orphaned girls in the Holy Land greatly appealed to me. I also wanted
the girls in my group to help other children their age, who are less fortunate.
All Jews should help another Jew, because we truly all are brothers and
All the girls
had to bring their own baked goods. Some girls brought cookies, and others
brought cupcakes. The bake sale turned out to be a hit and we raised around
$400, which is a huge success. The bake sale took place outside a Vons grocery
store in San Diego. One customer even
bought cupcakes for his daughter's birthday party from us! The girls and I made
many fond memories during the bake sale.
What was the
most meaningful part of doing this Mitzvah Project?
The most meaningful part of this Mitzvah project was seeing all the
girls in my charity get so excited to help other little girls in Israel. The
girls in my group decorated all the cookies with such care, and showed huge
smiles when they sold one.
any details or fond memories of your Mitzvah Project.
The fondest memory I have from this Mitzvah project is when the
girls sold their first cookie. They were so happy and were all jumping for joy.
you would like to share about your experience with Lev LaLev or the Mitzvah
I think Lev LaLev is an amazing orphanage and treats their girls
with the greatest of care. I have only had good experiences while working with
them, and I hope my charity and I can raise more money for the orphanage and
all girls in the future.
your advice for a girl looking into doing a Mitzvah Project.
Whenever I do a Mitzvah project, I feel that I am slowly fulfilling
an important part of a Jews responsibility. I love giving back to my community,
and it’s a great way to learn more about other people and their challenges they
face in this world.
Dance for Love is
only $3,100 short, if you, your mitzvah club or someone you know is interested
in helping them reach their $5,000 goal to purchase a TV and DVDs for the
Orphanage, something the Home has never had, please contact me at email@example.com
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