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mitzvah day SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2023

Co-chairs, Abigail Bortnick and Yvonne Klinger 

Start this special day of tikkun olam (repairing the
world) with morning minyan at 9:00 AM and special projects and collection drives at
10:00 AM.

See below for project and collection information. 

Sponsored by the Mildred & William Kaplan Social Action Endowment. 

PROJECTS & COLLECTIONS

INOVA Blood Drive
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
All spots are now full—thank you to our community!

Support Israel & Magen David Adom
Thank you for your blood donation today. We are also providing an opportunity to support Magen David Adom, Israel's ambulance service. While an $18 donation is suggested, any amount is appreciated. Thank you. 


INDOOR ACTIVITIES 
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM)

Offsite Cooking Project for Local Shelters
Cook vegetarian chili at home for local shelters that address the needs of Montgomery County’s homeless population. Click here to sign up.

Social Action Dinner Prep for Interfaith Works New Leaf Shelter
Help us prepare dinner in Gudelsky Kitchen for the residents of the Interfaith Works New Leaf Shelter.  No special cooking skills are needed.  For information contact Signe Wetrogan  or Randi PoliClick here to sign up.

Sisterhood Blanket Making – All are welcome!
Blankets will be collected by the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland Association for Family and Community Education and will be distributed to organizations such as Shady Grove and Holy Cross Hospitals, Meals on Wheels, Sheppard Pratt, Small Things Matter, St. Camillus Food Pantry, DC Diaper Bank, and Adventist Community Services.  Middle and High School students can earn SSL hours. Click here to participate.

BISNS Thoughtful Treasures for Children’s Inn

Day School Project – Nourish Now Snack Bags
To volunteer to assemble bags, click here.
Click here to sign-up to donate supplies and/or funds to buy extra snacks.

I Stand with Israel Coloring Sheets

Notes to IDF Soldiers

Rock Painting

Tissue Box Decoration for Hebrew Home

Talmud Torah students will participate in Mitzvah Day with hands-on projects in their classes.


OUTDOOR COLLECTIONS
(10:00 AM–12:00 PM)

Interfaith Works
Underwear ( NEW - all sizes)
Socks (NEW - all sizes)
Pajama Pants (all sizes)
T-shirts (all sizes)
Flip Flops
Umbrellas
Ponchos

Comfort Cases (New Items Only)
Backpacks
Unopened Travel Sized: toothpaste; shampoo and conditioner; lotion; toothbrushes; soap and body wash; deodorant
Stuffed Animals (to fit in backpack)

Montgomery County Humane Society
Flat Sheets (no tears or fraying because it’s a choking hazard)
Towels (no tears or fraying because it’s a choking hazard)
Cat and Dog food (non-prescription)
Sanitizer / Liquid Hand Soap
Batteries (mostly AA)

Social Action Committee Snowflake Holiday Gifts
B'nai Israel will be helping to make holiday wishes come true for the children identified by the Linkages for Learning coordinator at Weller Road Elementary School. Below you will find the wish list for several children in need. Click here for the wishlist.

DC Diaper Bank
Diapers & Pullups (open packages are accepted)
New Wipes
New Diaper Rash Cream
Tampons/Pads (open boxes of individually wrapped items accepted)
New Formula/Baby Food

Ronald McDonald House
Pasta
Canned Goods
Mac & Cheese
Soup

One Warm Coat
Mitzvah Day is teaming up with One Warm Coat for coat drive to benefit our neighbor, Twinbrook Elementary School.  Twinbrook has approximately 500 registered students.  A vast majority of these children and their families are in need of coats. Click here for details.

Bikes for the World
Any sized bike (except a child’s tricycle)
Bike Tools/Parts/Accessories & Cycling Clothing

Bel Pre Elementary School
Gently Used Shoe Drive
Grades K-2; Youth Sizes 9-1

Capital Kosher Pantry
Bring some extra warmth to the Capital Kosher Pantry by donating to our Cold Weather Food Drive!
Soups and Soup Croutons
Hot Cocoa (dairy and pareve)
Coffee
Tea
Potato Latke Mix
Jarred Gefilte Fish
Olive Oil
Tuna Fish
*All items should be factory sealed, well within the use-by date, and certified kosher.

Collection for IDF Soldiers
Rena and Pepe Strauss have been spearheading collecting supplies for IDF soldiers who are reservists since the war began in Israel.  Pepe's two nephews are serving currently, one in the north and one on the Gaza border.  It's getting colder and they and all of their fellow reservists are desperate for more warm clothing that is army approved.

Please order from your own Amazon account and personally deliver to Mitzvah Day.  The Strauss' will facilitate transport to Israel. Please communicate with Uriel directly if you have a large camp duffel to donate for the supplies' transport and if you would like to subsidize the extra bag fee (usually $50.00) or any customs fees (unknown) upon arrival in Israel. 

Army Tactical Long Sleeve Shirts (Army green only, no black, no camo) size Large and XL
Click here for the Amazon link.

Thermal Underwear (Black, size Large and XL)
Click here for the Amazon link.

Socks (Green only, size 10-13)
Style #1 link here.
Style #2 link here.
Style #3 link here.

Refugee & Immigrant Aid Committee Cleaning Supplies and Toiletries for Refugee Families (New Items Only)
Laundry Detergent
Dish Detergent
Paper Towels
Toilet Paper
Full Size Shampoo & Conditioner

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