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Mitzvah Day

Washington Hebrew Congregation's Mitzvah Day on April 7, 2019, 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.

Click here to sign up for a Mitzvah Day 2019 project.

WHC Collects


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

Now through Sunday, April 7:

  • Gently used jeans for children, women, and men
  • Pajamas for girls and boys size 10 - Adult XXL
  • Sturdy backpacks for kids
  • Small stuffed animals, journals, pens, pencils, and books for kids ages 10+
  • Personal care products and feminine hygiene products for homeless women
  • Bras and underwear for women in all sizes
  • Travel-sized toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotion, soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, etc.)
  • Unexpired non-perishable food

Early March through Sunday, April 7
A storage trailer will be available in the parking lot at JBSC for collection. Items may also be dropped off to the Temple parking lot entrance.

  • 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.

If you would like to also sign up to volunteer at a Mitzvah Day project on April 7, please CLICK HERE.

BRAWS: Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters


BRAWS (Bringing Resources to Aid Women's Shelters) supports homeless women by providing them with new (tags on, only) bras and underwear, as well as feminine hygiene supplies.

Unbeknownst to many people, these are some of the most requested critical needs by women in shelters. New bras and underwear and tampons, pads, and pantyliners are rarely donated, expensive items for a shelter to replenish, and not covered by food stamps. Insufficient access to these items often leads to unsanitary conditions and health problems.

To help BRAWS with their critical mission, we're encouraging our community to donate these items for Mitzvah Day. Please visit our Amazon Wish List and make a purchase to help this important cause. Please place your order now through Mitzvah Day - Sunday, April 7.

Click here to visit the Amazon Wish List.