Mitzvot from the Heart: Jamie Levine

Jamie Levine’s passion for art inspired her mitzvah project, which collected supplies for the Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Room at Ranken Jordan. 

Jamie Levine United Hebrew Congregation  

A love for art runs through Jamie’s family and she has inherited this passion. “I have a strong interest in all areas of art including photography, sketching, painting and pottery,” she said. “Since art is my passion, I want other kids to be able to have access to all of the art classes and supplies that I do.”  

Jamie’s artwork was selected to be a part of the Chesterfield Arts Gallery and has been displayed in numerous Rockwood School District art fairs. She was honored to have her artwork chosen to be a part of the permanent art gallery at her elementary school, where it is on display in the school office.   

Daughter of Gail and Brian Levine of Chesterfield, Jamie collected art supplies for the Kodner Gallery Art Therapy Room at Ranken Jordan, a Pediatric Bridge Hospital that bridges the gap between acute care and home for kids with complex illnesses and injuries.   

David and Jonathan Kodner introduced this program intending to create the leading regional art therapy program, including working with nationally known artists. Because art has a strong therapeutic value this program aims to help youth develop speedier physical and emotional recovery.   


Jamie, a student at Crestview Middle School, organized a variety of art supply collections. One included reaching out to friends and families requesting they bring their donations to her bat mitzvah service and evening celebration. Another included her table centerpieces, which were filled with art supplies.   

Jamie’s bat mitzvah guests were extremely generous and donated more than 150 items including crayons, markers, paints brushes and drawing paper. 

After Jamie’s big weekend, she and her mother personally delivered the supplies and took a tour of the therapy room. The staff at Ranken Jordan was extremely appreciative.