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Mitzvah Day

Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on April 22, 2018, 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.

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WHC Collects


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

February through Sunday, April 22:

  • Jeans
  • 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

Late March through Sunday, April 22
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

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

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