Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day

Join the Global Movement!

Thank you for your interest in The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Sara & Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day.

In response to the latest guidelines by the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and local health departments, Good Deeds Day will no longer take place in person on April 26, 2020.


Instead, join us right now for virtual good deeds and volunteer experiences!

  1. Visit Federation’s new COVID-19 response resource center‘ s volunteering tab to access a list of opportunities and offerings from local and national Jewish agencies, organizations, synagogues, schools, and more.
  2. Fill out this Volunteer Questionnaire for additional help finding volunteer opportunities.

While this registration form is now closed, you can still be a force for GOOD in the world!

For more information, please contact [email protected]
Good Deeds Day is made possible by Drs. Ellen & Stuart Lessans, in loving memory of Sara & Samuel J. Lessans.

Good Deeds Day 2020 Partners
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Washington DC

  • Capital Jewish Museum
  • Chai Lifeline
  • The Edlavitch DCJCC
  • Federation’s Young Leadership
  • Horizon Day Camp
  • Jewish Veg
  • Jews United for Justice
  • Machar
  • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • Next Generation Philanthropy Cohort
  • PJ Library in Greater Washington


  • Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community
  • American Red Cross
  • BCC-JCG (Bethesda-Chevy Chase Jewish Community Group)
  • Ben Yehuda Pizza
  • Bender JCC of Greater Washington
  • Berman Hebrew Academy
  • Beth Sholom Congregation
  • Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington
  • B’nai Israel Congregation
  • Camp JCC
  • Capital Camps & Retreat Center
  • Chabad of Silver Spring
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Congregation Beth El
  • Congregation B’nai Tzedek
  • Congregation HTAA
  • Congregation Or Chadash
  • Faith United Methodist Church
  • Federation’s Network Roundtable Financial Literacy Workshop
  • Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy
  • Habonim Dror Camp Moshava
  • Horizon Day Camp
  • I Support the Girls
  • Israeli Scouts
  • Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
  • Jewish Residents of Leisure World and LW Center for Lifelong Learning
  • Jewish Veg
  • JSSA
  • Kehilat Pardes
  • Kehilat Shalom
  • Kemp Mill Synagogue
  • Main Street
  • MoEd Jewish After-school Community
  • Montgomery Parks
  • National Young Leadership Cabinet
  • PJ Library in Greater Washington
  • Samuel Gompers-Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge #45
  • Shaare Torah
  • Elizabeth’s Catholic Church
  • St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • Tech Café
  • Temple Beth Ami
  • The Israel Forever Foundation
  • Young Israel Ezras Israel Potomac
  • Young Israel Shomrai Emunah


  • Agudas Achim Congregation
  • Arlington EcoAction
  • Chai Lifeline
  • Congregation Adat Reyim
  • Congregation Kol Ami
  • Congregation Olam Tikvah
  • Congregation Sha’are Shalom
  • Etz Hayim
  • Gesher Jewish Day School and Temple Beth Torah
  • Horizon Day Camp
  • Jewish Veg
  • Moishe House Mosaic-Fairfax
  • Moishe House Northern Virginia
  • Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation
  • PJ Library in Greater Washington
  • Pozez JCC and Momentum
  • Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia

Good Deeds Day Supporters

  • Adas Israel Congregation
  • Bethesda Jewish Congregation
  • Campus Ministry Association GMU
  • Capital Qvellers
  • Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
  • Congregation Ner Shalom
  • Gen X Jews
  • JCRC
  • Jewish Council for the Aging
  • Magen David Sephardic Congregation
  • Masa Israel Journey
  • MentorPrize
  • Milton Gottesman Jewish Day School of the Nation’s Capital
  • Moishe House Bethesda
  • Moishe House Columbia Heights
  • Moment Magazine
  • Sixth & I
  • Temple Emanuel
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Thank you to our media sponsor:

Did you know? As a Greater Washington community member, you are part of the largest Good Deeds Day community partner in North America.

What is Good Deeds Day? Good Deeds Day is an annual, international celebration of Doing Good! Join more than two million volunteers around the world for this day of service.Roll up your sleeves and make an impact through a variety of hands-on volunteer projects.

What types of service projects can I take part in? Whether you want to dance the day away with senior citizens, prepare and serve lunch to the homeless, help unite dogs with their forever homes or even help clean up a local park, your perfect project awaits. Let’s show the international Jewish community Greater Washington’s passion for social action!

 What’s the history behind Good Deeds Day? Businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison conceptualized the idea for Good Deeds Day, and launched it in 2007 by Ruach Tova (“Good Spirit” in Hebrew), the leading organization in the field of volunteering in Israel. Good Deeds Day celebrates the value and importance of giving back to the community we live in.

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