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Mitzvah Day

Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on April 30, 2017, represents the culmination of our yearlong focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community.

On Mitzvah Day, our volunteers, young and old working together, lend their time, energy, and compassion to social service agencies working to improve the lives of people in need. In keeping with Judaism's teachings of tikkun olam, to repair the world, Mitzvah Day inspires participants to pursue justice through social activism.

Washington Hebrew Congregation initiated Mitzvah Day in 1991 under the leadership of Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig and a devoted group of lay leaders who wanted to make a difference in the greater Washington, D.C. community. In the years since its inception, Mitzvah Day has evolved into one of the Congregation's largest annual undertakings and serves as a national model, adopted by synagogues around the world.

Click on the link below to register for one of our many projects. We have dozens of volunteer opportunities at Temple, the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, and locations throughout the metro area. Read through our project descriptions and choose the activity that’s right for you!

Register to volunteer for Mitzvah Day!


Looking for more ways to get involved? Read on to find out how you can donate lifesaving blood at the blood mobile and donate items to benefit our projects.

Blood Drive

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Location: Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Time:
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Children's National Health System is the only exclusive provider of pediatric care in the Washington, Metropolitan area. Children in the hospital require fresh blood or special rare types of red blood cells. Red blood cells, platelets, and plasma are in constant demand for victims of accidents, cancer treatments, blood diseases, and many types of surgery.

Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule and donate lifesaving blood for the patients at Children's National.

Click here to sign up to donate blood.

If you have specific questions about donating blood of the logistics of the blood mobile, please contact Beth Dubin, 301-602-3534, or Maya Lodish, 443-255-0428.

WHC Collects

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Our work for Mitzvah Day starts now as we collect the items that we'll sort and pack as part of our upcoming volunteer projects.

Now through Sunday, April 30:

Collecting in Bins at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

  • Travel-size toiletries
  • New cleaning and home supplies: Sponges; multipurpose kitchen and bathroom cleaner; toilet paper; paper towels; dish and hand soap; toothpaste; toothbrushes; trash bags; and new kitchen, hand, and bath towels
  • New or gently used books
  • Unexpired non-perishable food

Collecting in Trailers at Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
Storage trailers will be coming to the parking lots at Temple and JBSC in late March for the collection of these items.

  • New or gently used clothing
  • Sports equipment
  • Small household goods (no large, heavy items)
  • Shoes and cleats
  • Bikes for all ages
  • Books (new or gently used for children and adults)

We are unable to accept large items like sofas, refrigerators, and dressers. For more information, contact Naomi Abelson, 202-895-6328.

Help us with our planning by letting us know in advance what you will be donating. Click here to sign up.

BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters

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BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters) supports homeless women by providing them with new (tags on, only) bras and underwear, as well as feminine hygiene supplies.

Unbeknownst to many people, these are some of the most requested critical needs by women in shelters. New bras and underwear and tampons, pads, and pantyliners are rarely donated, expensive items for a shelter to replenish, and not covered by food stamps. Insufficient access to these items often leads to unsanitary conditions and health problems.

To help BRAWS with their critical mission, we're encouraging our community to donate these items for Mitzvah Day. Please visit our Amazon Wish List and make a purchase to help this important cause. Please place your order now through Mitzvah Day - Sunday, April 30.

Click here to visit the Amazon Wish List.

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