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Through ACTION, ADVOCACY & EDUCATION we work together to make our world a better place

Beth El Hebrew Congregation offers a number a ways to volunteer to support the local Northern Virginia community and to directly support our temple.  

Shabbat at Beth El

There are many ways you can get involved at Beth El - our warm, welcoming members are one of the many things that makes our synagogue such a special place. 

Click below to sign up to be a Shabbat greeter or to operate the video cameras for our live stream. 


In the Community


Help us collect personal care items specific to the needs of

Black residents at Carpenter’s Shelter.

Personal care items usually donated to shelters are often not products that are compatible for the specific hair and skin needs of Black residents. We are holding a drive to collect these specific items for Carpenter’s Shelter. We have put together an Amazon registry where the Beth El community can directly order the items most needed. Orders can be placed by clicking here

On this list, you will see how many of each item is needed (ranging from 25-50 of each) and how many still need to be purchased. Once you put the items in your Amazon shopping cart and go to Checkout to select payment method and shipping address, you will see "Carpenter's Shelter - attn. Jamila Smith's Gift Registry” as one of the options for the address to ship to. Select this shipping address and the items will automatically be sent directly to Carpenter’s Shelter.

Let’s pitch in to make everyone in the community feel included and cared for.

If you have questions, please contact Esther Belenker ( or Gal Adam Spinrad (

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At Beth El

There are many opportunities to volunteer in one of our diverse committees and at the religious school.

  • Committees - Volunteer to support or serve on one of Beth El's many committees
    • Archives Committee - The committee is responsible for the caring and storage of all historical papers and objects of the Temple. Volunteer opportunities include organizing papers by subject, scanning and showing visitors our history.
    • Buildings and Grounds Committee - Volunteers needed to assist in all aspects of maintaining and improving our facilities. Existing opportunities include participating  in the on-going efforts to renovate our social hall, sanctuary, and classrooms. New initiatives awaiting volunteer resources include improving landscaping, lighting, playground, and storage.
    • Caring Community Committee - Volunteers are always needed to drive congregants to and from doctor's appointments, services, grocery shopping...deliver holiday bags to homebound congregants; deliver new baby bags full of goodies; deliver meals to those in need; help with shiva or memorial services.
    • College Communications Committee - Help keep our youth engaged with Beth El by sending little holiday goodies to them while they are away at college.
  • Religious School
    • Bagel Bar - Sunday mornings
    • Canteen - Wednesday evenings

Special Events

Volunteers are critical to help make our events special!

  • Beth El Book Sale - Annually in February
  • Brotherhood Catering Events
  • Ushering at Friday night services and High Holidays

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact the office at 703-370-9400 or email

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