Federation’s Sara & Samuels J. Lessans Good Deeds Week

Banner with Rainbow background and Federation watermark reads: The Jewish Federation's Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Week. April 11-18, 2021

Look at what we accomplished together on Good Deeds Week
April 11 – 18, 2021!


Food insecurity across our community remains a critical issue, especially in the wake of COVID-19. On Good Deeds Week, April 11 – 18, 2021, Federation brought together 60+ community partners to meet this growing need. Thousands of community members from across DC, MD, and Northern VA collected canned food, made snack bags, prepared sandwiches, raised funds through a fun run, or pruned a community garden, and more to help those who are experiencing food insecurity in Greater Washington.


Thank you to our 60+ partners across DC, MD and Northern VA, and to all who took the time to DO GOOD together!

Did you catch Good Deeds Week on WJLA? Watch the great story to learn more about how Federation and our partners are combatting food insecurity.

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 2,300+ volunteers

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50 projects completed

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37,000 cans of food collected

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3,000 meals/kits donated

Help us continue to care for our community year-round. Make a donation to Federation to support struggling individuals and families access emergency cash, mental health support, and food assistance, as well as cover urgent housing costs, medical bills, childcare fees, and more.

Thank you to our Good Deeds Week 2021 Partners

Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation
Agudas Achim Congregation
Ahavah BBG
B’nai Israel Congregation
Bender JCC of Greater Washington
Beshert BBG
Beth El Hebrew Congregation
Bethesda Jewish Congregation
Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington – The Bernard Creeger Bikur Cholim House
Brody Jewish Center, Hillel at UVA
Capital Camps & Retreat Center
Capital Jewish Museum
Congregation Adat Reyim
Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County
Congregation B’nai Tzedek
Congregation Etz Chayim
Congregation Har Shalom
Congregation HTAA
Congregation Olam Tikvah
Congregation Or Chadash
Congregation Sha’are Shalom
Edlavitch DC JCC
Galim BBG
George Washington University Hillel
Gesher Jewish Day School

JCA Heyman Interages
Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
Jewish Social Services Agency (JSSA)
Jewish Veg
Kehilat Pardes – The Rock Creek Synagogue
Kehilat Shalom
Koach BBG
Kol Ami Northern Virginia Reconstructionist Community
Kol Shalom
Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School
Moishe House NoMa
Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
Oseh Shalom
PJ Library in Greater Washington
Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia
Shoreshim Jewish Community
Sixth & I
Temple B’nai Shalom
Temple Emanuel
Temple Rodef Shalom
Temple Sinai
Tifereth Israel Congregation
University of Maryland Hillel
Yachad BBG
Yad Yehuda

Good Deeds Week Recipient Organizations

Food Pantries


  • Martha’s Table   
  • Capital Area Food Bank
  • Miriam’s Kitchen
  • So Others Might Eat
  • Emory Beacon of Light Food Pantry


  • Manna Food Center
  • Charles E. Smith Life Communities
  • Montgomery County Public Schools
  • Food For Montgomery
  • KindWorks/KindSoup
  • Small Things Matter
  • Brighten A Day
  • Here2Help Montgomery County
  • Yad Yehuda
  • Gaithersburg CARES Hub
  • Blackrock Pantry
  • Kings and Priests Food Distribution Center


  • Arlington Food Assistance Center
  • Food for Others
  • Cornerstones
  • A Simple Gesture
  • Arlington Street People’s Network
  • Loudon Hunger Relief
  • Gracing Spaces
  • ECHO, inc. Food Pantry

Food and Other Donation Recipients

  • GrOW Community Garden
  • New Hope Housing
  • Save A Child’s Heart
  • Charlottesville Mutual Aid
  • Barnett-Searing National Cancer Foundation
  • Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services
  • Columbia Community Care
  • Canine Humane Network
  • The Lion’s Den
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington
  • Bethel World Church
  • Embry Rucker Shelter
  • Adventist Community Services
  • Interfaith Works Emergency Shelter
  • Stepping Stones Shelter
  • The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area
  • St Anne’s Episcopal Church
  • The Expectation Church
  • The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia
  • The Giving Circle of Hope
  • Arlington Eco-Action
  • Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

Federation’s Good Deeds Week is made possible by Drs. Ellen & Stuart Lessans, in loving memory or Sara & Samuel J. Lessans.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington welcomes the participation of interfaith couples and families, and people of all abilities, backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations. Building an inclusive community is a Federation priority. If you require special accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact us in advance at 301-230-7200 or email info@shalomdc.org so we can make every effort to accommodate your needs.

All in-person volunteer opportunities will follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety. For more information, contact the organizing partner directly.


Jcaring GifNeed Support? Call 703-J-CARING: The Jewish Community Support Line

Federation, JSSA, and the 703-J-CARING Support Line Partner Network of human service organizations are here for you. Call (703) J-CARING (703-522-7464) to connect with a professional ready to assist you. Serving residents of DC, MD, and Northern VA, support is accessible Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and all calls are confidential.