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Social Action






B’nai Israel is committed to promote tikkun olam (repairing the world) and gemilut hasadim (acts of kindness) through our variety of social action projects.  Our annual Mitzvah Day attracts more than 400 individuals who are eager to make a difference in our local community, but that is only the beginning.  

Our ongoing collection drives for nonperishable foods, toiletries, diapers, used ink cartridges, cellphones, and more support various local organizations.  We also have a direct impact through our work with the Manna Food Center, our brown bag lunch program, visits to area nursing homes, refurbishing houses through Rebuilding Together, the Best Birthday Project, holiday gift programs, and more.  

We are grateful for relationships with the Jewish Social Service Agency, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Interfaith Works, and other direct service providers in the Greater Washington area.


B’nai Israel has four ongoing collection projects throughout the year. Click here for details.



Help the students at Weller Road Elementary School, a Title 1 School, begin the new school year. We will be collecting new school supplies for students in Pre K through 5th grade.  Click here for the Amazon wish list that shows the type of supplies needed by the students.  You can drop off your contribution to the collection bins at B’nai Israel (located near the education wing).

If you are ordering from Amazon, you can have your order delivered directly to EveryMind, 1000 Twinbrook Pkwy, Rockville, MD 20850.  (EveryMind is the agency responsible for the Linkages to Learning at Weller Road Elementary School.)

For questions or more information, contact Signe Wetrogan (301-384-2994) or Randi Poli (301-325-9612).

S.E.A. Change: Racial Equity Roundtable


Presented by B'nai Israel Congregation and Washington Hebrew Congregation in Partnership with JOIN for Justice

B'nai Israel and Washington Hebrew, two of the most prominent Jewish congregations in the nation, both located in the suburbs of Washington DC, from the Reform and the Conservative movements, will engage our communities in meaningful conversations, critical education and collective action to address racial inequity internally and in the broader community. We will create a model for serving as a unified Jewish voice amplifying that our values compel us to respond to the call for Civil Rights at this moment in our nation’s history. Click here for details.

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Community volunteer Opportunities

Provide a dinner meal on an occasional or regular basis to the 8-10 female residents of the  Priscilla House, located at 20201 Watkins Mill Road in Gaithersburg. The Priscilla House accommodates 8–10 woman who were previously homeless because of one or more types of disabilities preventing them from being employable.  They live there full-time with no ending date expected. They are lovely and very appreciative for any meal help provided.  The director of the Priscilla House is Gina Esipila. She can be reached Monday–Friday at 301-515-8244. She can help coordinate any type of group or individual volunteering. 

Tue, June 6 2023 17 Sivan 5783