Mitzvah Day

In 1991, Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig and a devoted group of lay leaders initiated “Mitzvah Day” – a day for volunteers of all ages to come together, lending their time, energy, and compassion to work on projects for social service agencies that would 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.

In the years since its inception, Mitzvah Day has evolved into one of the Congregation’s largest annual events and serves as a national model, adopted by synagogues around the world.

Mitzvah Day 2023 is April 23

Ways to Volunteer

Projects in the Community

We’re thrilled to have a variety of projects this year with our local partners where volunteers will help prepare and serve food to those in need right here in our community. The age requirements and times of these projects vary. Please see the sign-up form for more details.


Projects at Temple or JBSC

Join us at JBSC or Temple from 10-12 for one (or many) projects that are perfect for volunteers of all ages and all abilities. Choices include blanket making, decorating birthday cakes, WHC’s Hunger Project, and more!


Projects to Do at Home

We have a handful of projects that can also be done at home. Complete them when time allows and bring them to Temple or JBSC anytime leading up to Mitzvah Day (or on Mitzvah Day itself!)


Collections & Donations

As you dig into your closets and do that spring cleaning, please keep us in mind!
This year we are collecting the following items:

New and gently used clothing (especially t-shirts!)

Toiletries (preferably travel-sized)

Kids’ books from this wish list

These items can be brought to Temple or JBSC anytime through Mitzvah Day on April 23.
If you’re purchasing books from the wish list, please have them sent directly to Temple.


Mitzvah Day is generously supported


Can’t participate in Mitzvah Day? Consider a donation to WHC’s TOV Fund instead.

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Mitzvah Day is presented in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Good Deeds Week.




Lauren Lieberman
Social Action Coordinator