Congregation holds annual Mitzvah Day -- Gazette.Net


Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County held its Mitzvah Day on Oct. 28.

More than 700 congregants participated in individual service projects, including assembling 890 bags of food to be distributed by the Capital Area Food Bank through their Kids Café, gathering hundreds of tree nuts to be replanted along the Potomac River, donating more than 100 lego sets and games to children at Children’s National Medical Center, and stuffing 82 bears to give to children at The Children’s Inn at NIH and the Greentree Shelter, a shelter for homeless families at the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda.

Mitzvah Day is an annual tradition at the heart of Beth El — commitment to tikkun olam, repairing the world. Although many congregants give back to the community by volunteering year-round, Mitzvah Day is an opportunity to do so as a group, creating and strengthening bonds with each other by working towards a common purpose.