Bar & Bat Mitzvah Projects

Many Bar and Bat Mitzvah students at Congregation Beth Emeth undertake a "Mitzvah Project", which is a project to help others in the community, in other parts of the world, or in the synagogue in some significant way. Students are encouraged to choose a project related to their own personal interests and hobbies, or to a need they have seen that is meaningful to them. A selection of current projects are described below. Some projects request assistance or invite participation from friends, family and the congregation, and we hope you will consider taking part.

Current B'nai Mitzvah Projects

Mitchell S., Bar Mitzvah August 4, 2018

For My Bar Mitzvah Project, I am working with an organization called Operation Paperback, where I will be collecting gently used books of any genre except romance novels that will be sent to US military personnel, veterans, and military families all around the world. A box will be available for book drop off near the religious school office. Please bring in books by Friday June 8th. For any remaining questions, you can contact me using my contact form

Jack L., Bar Mitzvah April 21, 2018

Jack L., a student in our 7th grade Hebrew School class, is partnering with Leveling The Playing Field (LPF) to run a collection drive beginning April 1st 2018! LPF collects donated sports equipment and redistributes it to low-income kids throughout the DMV. All donations benefit needy schools, after school programs, and athletic leagues looking to engage their students in the physical and mental benefits of youth sports participation. LPF relies on used/excess sports donations from local communities to engage underprivileged children, so clean out your garages and basements of your old sporting equipment so that we can get every kid off the sidelines and into the game!

To make a donation of sports equipment, please email me using my contact form to arrange a time for me to pick up your equipment. Alternatively, you can feel free to drop off equipment at my house between now and April 30th, or at CBE during pick-up from Hebrew School on Sundays and Wednesdays.

To make a financial contribution, please visit the LPF website or make a check out to “Leveling the Playing Field” and mail to 9170 Brookville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910.  

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call 301-844-5622 or email [email protected].  A donation receipt form can be supplied.  Thank you so much for you support!

Sasha O, Bat Mitzvah March 1, 2018

Sunday, February 11, ​12:00-12:30 PM, Bake Sale! Come have a sweet treat in the Religious School Hallway to support Sasha Osinovsky's bat mitzvah project. We will have tasty cakes, delicious cupcakes and more amazing treats! All of the proceeds will go to support AKIM Israel, the leading organization caring for people with disabilities in Israel. (The goods will be baked in a non-kosher kitchen.) If you would like to learn more about her mitzvah project and donate, visit:

Is your (child's) Bar/Bat Mitzvah upcoming? We would like to share projects, including a brief summary of the project and its meaning to the student. If appropriate, we would also like to include how your guests and the congregation can help, either by direct participation or by contributing to the related organization(s). After your project is approved, please complete the EZ Publicity form (see the special notes in the left-hand column about using this form to publicize b'nai mitzvah projects.) Please send any appropriate graphic, photo, logo or flyer to the attachments email address shown on the EZ Publicity page. Once your project is posted here, we'll send you a direct link that you can give to your guests! Questions about publicizing your project? Contact Susan Berger, CBE Communications Manager.