Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Volunteers Pitch In on Good Deeds Day

(Photos by Dalit Baranoff)

Tikvat Israel joined more than 8,000 fellow volunteers across our community on Sunday, April 2, for the sixth annual Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day.

 TI congregants, USYers, B’nai Mitzah Service Corp, ECC families and ATID students and parents came together for cleanup activities at nearby Rock Creek Park. Prior to rolling up their sleeves to pick up trash in the park, Rabbi Ben Shull held a study session with our b’nai mitzvah service learning corps families and USYers who had spent the previous night at a lock-in. Luisa Moss, director of education and youth, met with the ATID Learning Center families, congregants and community members in the shul’s parking lot. Both groups explored Ba’al Taschit, literally not wasting, the Jewish imperative to take care of our natural resources. 

All the synagogue volunteers received a brief welcome and overview from Henry Coppola, stream and park cleanup coordinator for Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC. This organization provided trash bags and gloves to the 66 participants, which resulted in gathering more than 25 bags of trash and recyclables.

As the largest organized Good Deeds Day effort in the Americas, it represents a commitment is to tikkun olam (repairing the world). All over the world, hundreds of thousands choose to volunteer and help others, putting into practice the simple idea that every single person can do something good, be it large or small, to improve the lives of others and positively change the world.