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Mitzvah Day

During this difficult time, let's make Mitzvah Day EVERY Day

Dear Friends,

We wish we could be with all of you on April 26th to work together to help those in need in our community. Many of us look forward to Mitzvah Day all year as a time when we join with our families and friends and build new relationships by collaborating on projects to improve the lives of others. Since 1991 when Rabbi Lustig initiated Mitzvah Day, we have fed, clothed, cleaned warmed, and entertained thousands.  Each year, we find more ways to make a difference. Our 2020 Mitzvah Day Chairs, Betsy Bindeman and Daniela Nobleman devoted themselves for almost two years to meticulously planning for Mitzvah Day. Their original and creative ideas will be stored for now as we stay safe at home during the pandemic.

In the meantime, in our efforts to continue serving the most vulnerable citizens in our community, we have come up with several projects you can complete at home that will truly make a difference. 

For each of these projects, we encourage you to purchase the ingredients and materials online so you can continue to stay home and stay safe. If you'd like to use Amazon, please consider buying through WHC's Mitzvah Mall which gives a portion of the proceeds back to WHC. 

Please contact me if you have questions or additional ideas for Mitzvah Day 2020 that can be done safely from home.

Warm Regards,

Lauren Lieberman
Mitzvah Day Coordinator
laurenblieb@gmail.com

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Projects Perfect to Do at Home:

Any project listed in this section can be assembled at home and dropped off at Temple or JBSC when you are finished. Members of our facilities team will be available for contact-less drop off at Temple on Macomb St. or at JBSC from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm, Monday - Friday.

High Protein Snack Bags

These high protein snacks are always needed and stay good for up to three months in shelters. Please avoid any chocolate or salted nuts for health reasons. We encourage you to purchase all materials from this project online so you can stay safe and stay home.

Materials Needed:

  • Ziplock Snack Bags
  • Rasins
  • Crasins
  • Almonds
  • Unsalted Peanuts

Directions:

After washing your hands, measure and mix two tablespoons of each food item into a snack back.

Nutritious Soup Bags

This healthy soup is very filling for those in need of nourishment. All materials and ingredients can be purchased on Amazon.com. 

Materials:

  • Single-use plastic shopping bag (any bag that can hold ingredients is fine)
  • 1 pound box of pasta (any kind)
  • 2 cans of chicken noodle soup
  • 2 cans corn, 2 cans green beans
  • 2 large onions
  • 4 medium-size potatoes

Directions: After washing your hands, put all unopened ingredients into the single-use plastic shopping bag. Gently tie the bag closed.

Helping the Greater DC Diaper Bank

The Greater DC Diaper Bank help smake sure that the babies (and their parents) have the essentials they need to keep them safe and healthy.

Popular items on their wish list include:

Diapers (any size)
Pull-Ups for Boys and Girls
Desitin
Baby Wash
Baby Wipes

If you'd like to purchase these items online and have them sent directly to Temple please have them addressed to:

Washington Hebrew Congregation
c/o Mohan Mistry
3935 Macomb St. NW
Washington, DC 20016

Making "Thank You" Cards for Medical Professionals

This project, perfect for some of the little ones in our WHC community, can help show our gratitude for those working on the front lines to help fight COVID-19.

Any completed cards can be brought to Temple and we will make sure they get to a good home!

Donating Clothing, Toys, and Food Items 

Take a look around your home and see if you have anything that could have a new life in a new home. Anything you don't need that is in good condition -- bring it to Temple and we will donate it to one of our many community partners. Items we can accept include:

  • Children's toys & books in like-new condition
  • Non-perishable, unexpired, canned and boxed foods
  • Adult and children's clothing (must be clean and in excellent condition)

 

Additional Opportunities:

Making Masks for Local Hospitals

If you have a sewing talent, join our community in making masks that can be used in non-patient care settings.

Guidelines and Tips for Mask Makers:
  • Fabric: Use clean 100% cotton. Softer material (such as what is used for baby blankets) is preferred. While colors are accepted, the material should be free of logos or slogans. Any patterns should be minimal and appropriate.
  • Layers: Masks should be constructed with a double layer for protective purposes.
  • Pleats: Three pleats are preferred to help with fit.
  • Ties or Elastic Loops: Either is acceptable. If elastic is used, it should be latex-free.
  • Nose Piece: A nose piece is preferred to help with fit and protection. Use a stiff, bendable wire (4"-5"), such as the plastic ties used for bread/food products. Other options are okay as long as they are washable and will not puncture the material or injure someone's face.
  • Face Coverage/Size: Original fabric size should be 12.5" x 7.5". The finished size should be 7" x 4". Please provide adequate face coverage.
  • Template: Many templates are available online, or here is a link to a video that you can view to help show you how it is done.
Delivery:

Sibley Hospital:

Contact Marianne Neri Monek, Director of Volunteer Service & Patient Relations at 202.537.4486 ext. 4267 or mmonek1@jhmi.edu.
She will arrange to meet you outside of Building B.  Keep masks in your trunk for no-contact dropoff.

Holy Cross Silver Spring Hospital

Donation bin is located on the sidewalk at the front door of the hospital between 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Masks can also be mailed to:

J. Gregory Jolissaint, MD
Holy Cross Hospital
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, Maryland  20910


 

Help Make Those "Wish List" Dreams Come True

Some of the projects we typically support on Mitzvah Day have "Wish Lists" for items that they need to continue their work in the community. Please consider purchasing one (or some) of the items from the lists below.

  • Comfort Cases - Select items for foster children to receive in backpacks when they are removed from their homes.  Comfort Cases Wishlist.  To learn more about Comfort Cases click here.

  • So Others Might Eat - Select items to help the homeless of our nation's capital. SOME Wish List.

  • National Center for Children and Families - Help stock their pantries by downloading a shopping list, or purchasing from their NCCF WishList.


Supporting Our Community Partners:

WHC is taking a portion of the funds allocated for Mitzvah Day and making donations to our long-time partners that provide food and shelter to those most in need in our community.  Those organizations include:

  • Friendship Place
  • Martha's Table
  • Central Union Mission
  • Nourish Now

If you would like to make a donation to assist with this mission, please contact Eliza Prince, WHC Director of Development at eprince@whctemple.org.