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Knitzvah Project

See our 2021 Report on the Knitzvah Project

The Knitzvah Project is in need of a new coordinator. Knitting not necessary, just good organization skills! If you are interested in learning more about this fulfilling volunteer opportunity, please contact us.


The Knitzvah Project, a charity knitting and crocheting opportunity, started in 2007 at Temple Beth Shalom.

Austin has a tremendous need for warm hats and scarves for families in need and members of our community who are homeless. While many people in need receive charitable clothing donations, they rarely receive gifts that are made just for them!

This is where the Knitzvah Project comes in. The goal of the Knitzvah Project is to provide special, personalized, and practical gifts.

Each knitted or crocheted item, hand made by volunteers from our congregation and other friends, is wrapped in ribbon with a card attached (printed on fabric and pinned to the item) that says, "Dear Friend, I made this especially for you. Wishing you warmth and love and all of God's blessings." We sign each fabric card with the first name of the item maker (last names and contact info are not printed on the card).

Help make someone feel important! Start knitting or crocheting gifts for people in our community who need us to care. In addition to scarves, hats, and mittens, we will also gratefully accept blankets or throws.

Item Guidelines

In order to truly meet the needs of the people and agencies we serve, the following guidelines must be followed for all items made for the Knitzvah Project:

Item Types: We need knitted/crocheted hats, scarves, toys, etc. for men, women, and children (all ages, all sizes). 

Yarn Type: Machine washable and dryable.

Scarves: Must be 6-8 inches wide (no narrower and no wider). They must be at least 60 inches long. You may use any pattern and any colors you like, as long as they meet the length and width requirements.

Hats: May be any size, any patterns, any colors.

Gloves/Mittens: May be full or fingerless.

Toys: Eyes, noses and mouths must be sewn in or embroidered.  No buttons or other embellishments may be used because they present a choking hazard for little ones.

Logging Finished Items

So we'll know what items have been completed and how many items we still need in each category, we ask all Knitzvah Project participants to log their finished items. To do this, please send an email to knitzvah.templebethshalom@gmail.com and list your finished items. 

Please only log items that are completely finished, not items that you're thinking about making or are in the process of making. 


Knitzvah Report for 2021

While 2021 still was not what we had planned, the Knitzvah Project continued to serve the greater Austin community and engaged new participation. Because of the uncertainty with Delta and Omicron we were unable to have our in-person meet-ups however, we did have some expansion of direct service at Community First Village and Mobile Loaves and we were still able to distribute over 800 handmade hats, scarves, quilts, throws, fingerless mitts, and children’s items among three agency partners to be given as gifts for the holidays. 

We continued our partnership with Community First! Village, and shared these gifts with our neighbors on the east side of Austin who were previously homeless but now are housed at Community First! Village. Knitzvah volunteers participated in the distribution of these items at the site’s annual holiday bingo night.

Mobile Loaves & Fishes continued to provide indispensable support to our group and its volunteers by including our gifts on their trucks so that those seeking a meal would also be able to receive a gift from our knitters. 

Finally, many of our items reached the greater Williamson County area north and west of Austin though the work of Hill Country Community Ministries. This organization helps those experiencing food insecurity from all walks of life – single people, families with children, seniors and shut-ins. 

This year, we expanded our volunteer base to include some of our B’nai Mitzvah families. They assisted in preparing our gifts for the community including placing tags, ribbons, and organizing the items for our volunteers to distribute. 

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