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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.


Snowflake Holiday Gift Project 2020

This year, once again, B’nai Israel will be helping to make holiday wishes come true for children identified by the Linkages for Learning Coordinator at Weller Road Elementary School. Donated gifts and gift cards will be collected in December.  Contact Signe Wetrogan with questions. Sign up at

S.E.A. Change: Racial Equity Roundtable (STUDY · ENGAGE · ACT · CHANGE)

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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Wed, January 20 2021 7 Shevat 5781