“Tzedakah and acts of kindness to others are the equivalent to all of the mitzvot in the Torah.” Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1.
While Beth El has an abundance of community service projects year round, our annual Mitzvah Day is our largest and most impactful social action event of the year. Every October, our congregation mobilizes its membership, and springs into action, by performing an amazing array of meaningful community service projects, as well as holding monumental collection efforts — all occurring on the very same day. Collectively, we engage in a concerted effort to improve the quality of thousands of lives of those in need our community, Israel, and worldwide.
Mitzvah Day 2016
Making a Difference in the Community
Beth El Mitzvah Day brings together approximately 700 Beth El members of all ages and interests who participate by donating items and joining dozens projects, including several new projects to benefit the Jewish community.Virtually all auxiliary and interest groups within Beth El captain Mitzvah Day activities, such as the following:
- Beth El Preschool children donated, sorted, and packaged 31 eight-pound bags of non-perishable food, plus $300 in gift cards for hungry youth at Weller Road Elementary School.
- Congregants registered for the INOVA Blood Drive, and donated 47 blood units, potentially saving 141 lives!
- The Beth El Day School Committee helped JFGH members fill 60 gift bags with more than 600 donated supplies to be distributed to Holocaust survivors.
- Members filled the large truck from A Wider Circleto capacity with kitchen & household items, furniture, baby gear, and more.
- Members donated well over one ton of electronics to be recycled through Electronics Recycling for Montgomery County through Vintage Tech.
- Congregants prepared and donated 600 individual servings of food (28 large casseroles & 300 baked goods), as well as a large quantity of fruit for the homeless at Shepherd’s Table and the Community Based Shelter/Sophia House.
- Members donated 180 large bags of clothing for low-income and homeless families at Interfaith Works. Over 20 volunteers of all ages sorted and delivered the clothing.
- Our community donated close to 600 articles of professional clothing,as well as four more large bags, for low-income people seeking employment through Strive DC.
- Congregants donated over 1,900 individually packaged snacks that 41 volunteers assembled into 476 bags for childrenat the Capital Area Food Bank’s “Kid’s Café.”
Click here to view a full list of Mitzvah Day project outcomes from 2015 and see what we, together as a community, were able to accomplish.