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WHC Collects

Throughout the year, we participate in a number of collection campaigns ranging from food drives to benefit the hungry in the D.C. metro area to blanket collections to help Syrian refugees. Giving back locally and internationally, our annual campaigns are an important part of fulfilling the values of tikkun olam at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

High Holy Day Collection Drive


At Washington Hebrew, we welcome the sweetness of the New Year on Rosh Hashanah by reflecting on our past year and reawakening our spirit for the year to come. On Yom Kippur, we fast as a means to achieve teshuvah (repentance). We also take this opportunity to recommit ourselves to social action and perform acts of tzedakah.

We're helping food insecure individuals and families in our community with our annual food and long underwear drive. After each service on Rosh Hashanah, we'll be distributing paper bags, and we are asking you to fill these bags with much-needed items and return them to Temple or JBSC by Yom Kippur. Some much-needed items include:

  • Canned or dry beans
  • Canned tuna, salmon, or chicken
  • Canned fruits (packed in light syrup or its own juices)
  • Canned vegetables (low sodium, no salt added)
  • Grains, including brown and white rice, past, and macaroni & cheese
  • Healthy snacks, including apple sauce cups, raisins, and granola bars
  • Hot and cold cereal, including oatmeal, cheerios, cornflakes, and raisin bran
  • Peanut butter
  • 100% juice
  • Long Underware for Adults (sizes XL-5XL)

Make your long underwear purchase through the WHC Mitzvah Mall and your donation will benefit WHC's youth social justice programs.

Your donations will go to the Capital Area Food BankNourish Now, and Friendship Place and will benefit some of the 700,000 people in our region who are at risk of hunger or lack of proper shelter for the winter months.

For more information, contact Naomi Gohn, 202-895-6328.

WHC Collects Calendar 2018-2019

What items are we collecting this year? When can you bring your donations to Temple and the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center? Our WHC Collects calendar will help you know what to donate and when.

  • September - High Holy Day Food Drive
    Low fat, low sodium, shelf-stable boxed and cannded foods
  • October and November - Winter Warmth Collection Drive
    Long underwear and boots for men and women
  • November - Carrie Simon House Holiday Party
    Gift cards, clothing, and toys
  • December - Prime Timers Toys for Tots Drive, Sisterhood Sinai Hospital Toy Drive, RJWECC Second Chance Toy Drive
    New and gently used toys
  • January - MLK Day of Service
    New and gently used clean clothing
  • February, March, and April - Mitzvah Day
    Travel-sized toiletries, jeans, household goods, and household cleaning supplies
  • May - Camp Moss Hollow
    Bug spray, sunscreen, water bottles, beach towels, flashlights, toiletries