Mitzvah Day

“Tzedakah and acts of kindness to others are the equivalent to all of the mitzvot in the Torah.”  Jerusalem Talmud, Pe’ah 1:1. 

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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’s Mitzvah Day on October 27, supported by the Sondra Bender Community Service Fund, offered the congregation the opportunity to fulfill the mitzvah of tikkun olam, repairing the world.  Chaired by Donna Shimshi and Jon Polon, the yearly event was its usual success.   The more than 25 choices included collections, fundraisers, and service projects.  In total, over 500 people volunteered and/or donated to these projects.  Among the highlights of the day:

  • 328 brown bags plus 150 assorted items were donated to the Capital Area Food Bank Weekend Bag Program
  • 130 trash bags full of used clothing were donated to the Interfaith Clothing Center
  • 336 items of dress clothing were donated to Strive DC
  • 27 sports items were donated to Level the Playing Field
  • 35 baby hats were donated to NICU
  • 60 gift bags with 100 toys were donated to Children’s National Medical Center
  • 73 bikes were collected to be donated to Bikes for the World
  • 22 bags of household linen, 15 bags of toys, and 10 pieces of furniture were donated to Wider Circle
  • 42 pints of blood were collected for INOVA
  • 370 bras and about 1400 feminine products were collected for homeless women
  • 1 ton of electronic recyclables were brought to the County Recycling Center
  • $1356 was raised through the Walk for Shepherd’s Table
  • $400 was raised through a Yoga class to be donated to The Red Stone
  • $450 was donated to the Friends of the IDF from the sale of pizza
  • $93 was donated to Feline Foundation of Greater Washington from the sale of lemonade and water
  • 400 meals were cooked and donated, along with 9 bags of fruits, to Shepherd’s Table and the Wilkens Avenue Shelters
  • 192 boxes of food were packed at the Manna Food Center
  • 3 Beth El musical groups entertained residents of Charles E. Smith Life Communities