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 2021 is on Sunday, April 18.

 Our goal for 2021 is to reimagine Mitzvah Day to allow our community to continue its commitment to tikkun olam during the COVID-19 pandemic.  We have projects that are perfect for all ages that can be done in a safe, socially-distant way.

Participating in Mitzvah Day 2021 is as easy as 1…2…3…

Step 1: Sign up for one of our projects

Step 2: Pick up your Mitzvah Day Tote Bags, materials, and project instructions from Temple or JBSC starting on April 1.

Step 3: Bring your completed projects to Temple or JBSC on Mitzvah Day, Sunday, April 18 between 11 am and 1 pm.*


*All projects except for PB&J sandwiches can also be accepted at either building during normal business hours. PB&J sandwiches MUST be made and dropped off on Sunday, April 18.


Senior Care Packages

Package healthy snacks, sanitary protective items, notes and drawings, and more in a Mitzvah Day tote bag. Bring the bags to Temple or JBSC on Mitzvah Day and we will distribute them to Iona Senior Services.

Making PB&J Sandwiches

Assemble sandwiches at home and bring them to Temple or JBSC on Mitzvah Day. Use grape jelly and wear gloves while making the sandwiches, and please consider also donating one granola bar per sandwich. We will donate them to Nourish Now and Martha’s Table who will distribute them to the homeless and those struggling with food insecurity here in the DC area.

Make Fleece Blankets

Pick up materials from Temple and make no-sew blankets at home. Bring them back to Temple or JBSC on Mitzvah Day and we will distribute them Comfort Cases who will then get them to those in need.

Book & Bicycle Collection

We’re looking for NEW children’s books and GENTLY USED bicycles. These items can be dropped off at Temple or JBSC and we will help them get to local organizations that help families and schools in our area.

Please make sure the bicycles are clean and in working condition.

Mitzvah Day is generously supported



Lauren Lieberman
Mitzvah Day Coordinator