45 Easy Kiruv Ideas

45 Tools you can use to impact less-affiliated Jews

Thought Provoking

1. Email a Jewish articleshort film or audio shiur on a topic you know would interest them.

2. Email a Lori Almost Live video clip. (Click here for expanding selection.)

3. Hand out short, easy-to-read booklets and pocket wisdom cards about Judaism. Click here to order.

4. Recommend browsing some of the best Jewish websites: Aish.comsimpletoremember.com, etc.

5. Buy him a meaningful gift for a simcha he is having, whether it is a wedding, bris, birthday, or son’s bar mitzvah. (Click here for ideas.)

6. With the person’s permission, sign him up for a Jewish thought-of-the-day or weekly parshasheet email subscription. There are many to choose from, for example, fromwww.partnersintorah.org (or just email them at parsha@partnersintorah.org) or fromwww.aish.com.

7. Invite someone to go with you to a class that might interest him. To bring them to a classClick here for more information.

8. Take someone to a Discovery Seminar or Gateways seminar.

9. Send him a link to the film Blueprint and ask him to spend 10 minutes a week learning with you. Click here for easy to use teaching materials.

10. Recommend a “learn about your Jewish heritage” trip to Israel.

Shabbos and Yom Tov Opportunities

11. Invite people to share a Shabbos meal or spend an entire Shabbos with you. (Click here for pointers on how to maximize this experience.)

12. Email an article that explains that relevance of the upcoming Jewish holiday.

13. Send a few people apples and honey for Rosh Hashana with a short note wishing them a sweet year and explaining the custom of eating apples dipped in honey.

14. Invite people to eat in your Sukkah.

15. Have a Chanukah candle lighting ceremony, complete with a latka and sufganiyot party and Jewish music.

16. Give someone a menorah and candles or oil with wicks. Include a short note explaining the reason for lighting candles.

17. Send someone shalach manos with a short note explaining what it is.

18. Invite people to join your Purim seuda.

19. Invite people to your seder.

20. Periodically place a Jewish book or holiday-related item on your desk at work to encourage questions.

Be a Friend

21. Greet people in shul who seem to feel out-of-place. Invite them to sit with you so you can befriend them and guide them through the davening.

22. Invite people to participate in your personal simchas.

23. Be nice to people — consciously! It’s not enough to be nice; your warmth only comes across when you also act nice.

24. Show you care about all Jews. For example, when someone is sick, bring food or do an errand for them, even if they say they don’t need any assistance.

25. If he recently lost a loved one, give him a user-friendly booklet on the Stages of Jewish Mourning.

26. Create a personal business card with Aish.com/wallcam photo and link on the other side.

Build Your Personal Resources

27. Carry with you the name and phone number of a local kiruv rabbi so you can give it out if someone expresses an interest in learning more. If possible, get the number of the person who is interested and have the rabbi call him or her directly. In either case, follow up with the rabbi after a couple of days to make sure they made contact.

28. Donate money to start, expand or improve existing or new kiruv programs in your community.

29. Encourage your friends to join you in organizing a kiruv program, either on your own or through your shul.

30. Understand and explain to others that Judaism is not all or nothing- every Jew can find one mitzvah he wants to consciously do without “becoming religious”. Help people find, learn about and do just one mitzvah.

Programs You Can Start

31. Volunteer for a kiruv organization.

32. Sponsor or coordinate a Discovery seminar in your shul.

33. Working with your shul or local kiruv organization, offer and advertise free High Holiday services that feature explanations of the prayers.

34. Run a program at your shul, for example, Turn Friday Night Into Shabbos from the National Jewish Outreach Program (NJOP).

35. Find a Jewish beginner’s book that you think is outstanding and distribute it to Jews whom you meet, on the condition that they agree to read it. For example, before each major Jewish holiday, consider giving out the “Survivor’s Guide” for that holiday by Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf.

36. Recruit frum mentors for Partners in Torah. Become a mentor yourself.

Make Your Mark

37. Start a kosher cooking class or host one in your home.

38. Become your shul’s Shabbos morning “greeter,” who stays near the door to invite newcomers in, find them a seat and pair them with a “regular.”

39. Get involved with your local Jewish Federation so you can meet more non-frum people who are leaders in their communities. Let them see that you are normal and concerned about the greater Jewish community, just as they are.

40. Sponsor a monthly or weekly speaker in your home. Invite people of all backgrounds.

41. Be a chavrusa.

42. Start a kiruv chabura — a group of like-minded religious friends with whom you can brainstorm and develop projects.

43. Start a bikur cholim group to visit Jewish patients at your local hospital. Leave behind some Jewish reading material.

44. Become your shul’s kiruv coordinator or committee chairperson and get other people involved doing something positive for kiruv.

45. Encourage other frum people to reach out using some of these tools.

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