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Bin of Bounty (formerly known as Can for Cans)—Although we sponsor a major nonperishable food drive during the High Holy Days, we recognize that hunger doesn't follow a calendar. Our Bin of Bounty is located outside the kitchen for year-round food collection. All donated food goes to ALIVE!.

When shopping for food, consider buying high protein canned items like tuna, chicken, ravioli, and stews. Also needed are hearty soups, instant oatmeal, 1lb bags of rice, milk boxes, and healthy snacks for children. Please donate regular sized packages, no glass, and no Passover food.

Oral Rehydration Therapy Project (ORT)—Each year Beth El hosts a day when we, along with our co-sponsor Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill and volunteers from across the metropolitan area, assemble packets of life-saving rehydration powder to be sent to areas that need it to prevent deaths from dehydration. In 2010 we assembled a record breaking 20,389 packets which found their way to cholera-stricken Haiti. Read about our ORT project in Reform Judaism Magazine. Please contact Bobbie Gershman for further information or to volunteer.

For more information or to be placed on the Beth El Social Action Committee mailing list, contact Social Action Chair Simon Gershman

ALIVE!—Since 1969, ALIVE! has been the largest private social service safety net  for people in need in Alexandria. It is primarily staffed and managed by volunteers representing over 40 congregations in Alexandria, including Beth El. We support ALIVE!’s many programs though out the year. Our High Holy Day Food Drive and Bin of Bounty collection goes to the Home Deliveries Program and Last Saturday Food Distribution. We collect tzedakah for the Monetary Assistance Program and housewares for the Housewares/Furniture Program.  Beth El volunteers go out with the ALIVE! furniture trucks, and we sponsor and walk in the Step ALIVE! Walk for the Child Development Center. For more information about ALIVE! go to or contact Deborah Schaffer, Beth El’s Congregational Rep.

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