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Mitzvah Day(s)

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 (Collections & Projects)

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM  
Collections and Projects in the B'nai Israel Parking Lot

There is no better time to do a mitzvah! We are excited for this year’s Mitzvah Day(s), two days of giving back to the community and supporting those in need. You can participate in so many ways: drop-off collections, parking lot projects, online donations, and the annual blood drive. All of our collections and projects will take place outdoors in our parking lot, and the annual blood drive will take place indoors on Wednesday, December 9, following all protocols and guidelines. 

Contact our chairs, Abigail Bortnick and Yvonne Klinger  with questions. 

Collections - Drop off in parking lot from 10:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Cold Weather Gear for Interfaith Works 
    Coats, gloves, and hats
  • Comfort Cases Contributions 
    New items only: small duffel bags, backpacks, and unopened travel sized toiletries
  • Montgomery County Humane Society 
    Sheets, towels, blankets, cat/dog food, paper towels, toilet paper, sanitizer, liquid hand soap, and AAA batteriers
  • Yarn & Fabric for MDAFCE & Warm Up America Foundation 
    Washable yarn and washed/ironed cotton fabric
  • Snowflake Holiday Gifts for Weller Road Elementary School Students
  • Home Supplies for our Refugee Family 
    Kitchen and bathroom cleaning supplies, brooms and mops, cleaning cloths/towels and sponges, dish soap, utility/scrub brushes and buckets, and paper towels
  • Thoughtful Treasures for Children’s Inn – Geared toward nursery school aged families
    Families are encouraged to donate “thoughtful treasure” gifts (about $5 each, could be toy, puzzle, coloring book, etc.) at B’nai Israel in the week before or on Mitzvah Day. BISNS Students will receive and decorate gift bags in class.
  • Phoenix Computers - Donations & Volunteer Opportunities (offsite)
    Help Phoenix Computer in their mission “to empower low income families and the disabled by providing low cost refurbished computers.” Visit their website,, to learn more about donating using computer equipment and for volunteer opportunities. Phoenix Computers and its predecessor, Project Reboot, were founded by B'nai Israel member, Gerry Rosenkranz. They have participated in Mitzvah Day for about 20 years.
  • Brunch for Interfaith Works Women’s Shelter (Offsite)
  • Thank You Cards for First Responders
    Write short notes of appreciation and encouragement for all those who are on the front lines of the pandemic, helping to keep people healthy and safe. 
  • Letters to the Residents of the Hebrew Home
    Write short notes to our neighbors at the Hebrew Home, wishing them a Happy Hanukkah and a Happy New Year! 
Online Opportunities

Wednesday, December 9 – Red Cross Blood Drive

12:00–6:00 PM
B'nai Israel Congregation (indoors following protocols)

Click here for blood drive information.

Thu, November 26 2020 10 Kislev 5781