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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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Beth El is raising funds for a new playground?

Beth El is getting a new playground!  If you would like to donate towards this very worthy project, simply send your donations to Beth El Hebrew Congregation and notate "Playground."  If you donate on line, the playground fund is first on the list!


Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays during the school year
@ 7:00 PM
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Upcoming Events


We have a very special service January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic work.

We will be joined by our talented 5th grade class and singer-songwriter, LEA.

Trivia Night

Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El.  Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play!  The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB.  Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion!  Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games).  RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here  Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected]  Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.

Please sign up for Ushering at Beth El for Friday Night Services ​

This is a great opportunity to see and meet fellow congregants.Please use the link to sign up:


Support During Shutdown                         

As the frustrating government shutdown drags on, we extend our sympathies during this anxious time for you and your family. While Beth El Hebrew Congregation is not a direct service provider, we can offer temporary dues relief until the shutdown has ended. We hope this resource list can be an asset during this difficult time and pray for an immediate resolution:


What Furloughed Workers Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Benefits:

A Furloughed Federal Employee’s Guide to Filing for Unemployment:

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Furlough Guidance: tps://

Alexandria Center for Economic Support:

Coordinated Services Fairfax County:

Local Restaurants Offering Free or Discounted Meals and More:




There are activities, meetings, services and seminars at Beth El each week, ranging from service opportunities to Jewish learning and education, drawing members and guests from throughout the Washington, D.C. area.

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