Successes & Outcomes
Outcomes from Mitzvah Day 2017
Thanks to co-chairs Donna Shimshi and Jon Polon and two dozen devoted project captains, Beth El’s October 29 Mitzvah Day was a huge success. Thank you to Howie Stein for tabulating the outcomes below, revealing Beth El’s deep commitment to tikkun olam, “improving the world.”
- Daniel Nestel and his team of 35 participants packed 532 snack bags to enable schoolchildren in need to have healthful food to eat over the weekend.
- Hillary Berman and Erika Dickstein collected 507 bras and 10,517 feminine hygiene products for homeless women through Support the Girls.
- Forty Beth El Preschool children and parents made 150 gift bags for sick kids at the Ronald McDonald House led by Marissa Gold, Angela Lipschutz and Rachel Roth.
- Richard Lieberman and his volunteers collected a record 79 bicycles to send to people in underdeveloped countries through Bikes for the World.
- Alana Aronin and her volunteers collected 120 bags full of gently used clothing for the Interfaith Clothing Center.
- Mara Greengrass collected 185 dress shirts and pants, 87 suits, and 36 dresses for donation to Strive DC.
- Alec Friedman and Shane Schwartz collected 10 large bins of sporting equipment for Level the Playing Field.
- Jack Ventura and Jon Simon reported that 51 congregants donated 49 units of life-saving blood, exceeding INOVA’s goal of 42 units.
- Led by Stacey Topol, Beth El members made 60+ cards and letters to be hand-delivered to Israeli soldiers by the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF).
- Jonathan Epstein and volunteers from the Men’s Club sold pizza to participants, raising $487 for the FIDF.
- Beth El Youth Group members made 35 dog chew toys for the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and 15 “no sew” blankets for the Greentree Shelter.
- The Swinging Kleztones (composed of six Beth El members) gave a free concert to about 45 residents of the Hebrew Home.
- Twelve members of Marak Hayom, Beth El’s Teen A Capella Group, performed for 50 adults and guests at the Revitz House.
- Julie Mack and Harry Appelman performed a jazz concert for about 45 residents of the Ring House.
- Barbara Klein and Dana Rosenfeld, along with 29 volunteers, prepared 25 large main-course casseroles and 350 desserts for homeless people in Montgomery County through Shepherd’s Table and Interfaith Works.
- Elisa Rapaport and her volunteers collected a half-ton of electronics that will be recycled through Mother Earth.
- Rachel Rosenthal and Tamara Snyder and 30 members created 107 get-well cards, collected 137 new toys and games from congregants, and made 41 gift bags for sick children at the Children’s National Medical Center
- Andrea Rifkind shared that congregants filled 3/4 of the Wider Circle truck with items for low-income families, such as furniture, baby seats and strollers.
- Doris Povich collected hundreds of calendars to donate to the Charles E. Smith Life Communities.
- Howie Stein led a walk to benefit Shepherd’s Table with 13 participants, raising $260.
- Karen Levy-Brown collected a large box of items to create comfort cases for children in foster care.
- Donna Saady and five volunteers served lunch to homeless women at Interfaith Works Women’s Shelter.
- Heather Janssen’s team of 13 members crocheted 34 bunnies for JSSA to give to hospice patients.
- The Shimshi family raised $105 for the Feline Foundation of Greater Washington by selling lemonade to the Mitzvah Day volunteers.
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