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    6301 Montrose Road
    Rockville, MD 20852-4195

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Mitzvah Day

Mitzvah Day

Date: Sunday, December 08, 2019

Time: 10:00 am

Location: B'nai Israel Congregation

Address: 6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD 20852

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  • Type: Social Action Project, Social Event
  • Membership: Not Required
  • Registration: Required
  • Topic: Baking/Cooking, Cooking, Just for Fun, Social Action

Abigail Bortnick & Yvonne Klinger, Chairs

Start this special day of tikkun olam (repairing the world) with morning minyan at 9:00 AM and special projects beginning at 10:00 AM. There will be grade-specific projects for our Talmud Torah and Day School students, as well as projects for community members of all ages. Donate blood, help pack meals, and engage in other projects to donate to communal organizations.

More information will follow in the Scroll and the Community Connections publications. If you or your havurah would like to organize a project for Mitzvah Day, please indicate on the registration form or contact our chairs.


Blood Drive

Our annual Blood Drive is from 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

Almost any member of your household 16 or older is eligible to donate, but please take a moment to review the eligibility requirements, and pay particular attention to the section concerning foreign travel (at the click for Common Reasons People Can’t Donate).

We will have a “power-red” machine (Collects the red cells, but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. Donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Neg, B Neg, or O blood) as well as collecting the usual pints of whole blood.

Click here to schedule your appointment. Contact Rob Loewy, for more information.


Mitzvah Day Collections

(These items may be dropped off at B’nai Israel prior to Mitzvah Day. Bins are located across from the Blumberg-Zalis Family Library.)

New and gently used children’s books

Gently used t-shirts of all sizes (to make dog chew toys for the Humane Society)

Gently used clothing and coats

Jars of Jelly (must be kosher with hekhsher, kosher symbol)

Bethesda Cares Blessing Bags (only new items)
Packets of laundry detergent
Gently Used Small blankets
Backpacks and drawstring bags
Rain ponchos

Montgomery County Humane Society
Dog Food (unopened)
Clean Towels (okay if gently used)
AA Batteries
Liquid Hand Soap
Dawn Dishwashing Liquid

Nourish Now Snack Bags
Nut-free Granola Bars
Nut-free Snacks
Raisin Boxes
Applesauce Pouches
Water Bottles

Thoughtful Treasures (only new items)
Small Puzzles
Small Beanie Babies
Travel Games
Coloring Books
Small Art Supplies

The Refugee and Immigration Aid Committee is collecting non-perishable food to be provided to refugees through HIAS.  As part of Mitzvah day, we will put together bags of food items so that these refugee families can more easily prepare a nice holiday meal.
Maseca flour (instant yellow corn flour)
Boxes of Pasta
Bags of Dried Beans
Bags of Lentils
Cans of Tuna
Bags of Rice
Instant Coffee Jars

To donate money to the Refugee Aid Fund, click here.

Organized by: Rabbi Mitchell H. Berkowitz

Have questions?

Contact the organizer

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