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Hanukkah #servefor8


Celebrate Hanukkah and Tikkun Olam with BZBI through our #Servefor8 program.  Contact us for more information and ways to get involved.

Here are some details for this year’s #Servefor8, taking place Sunday, December 13 through Wednesday, December 25

  • Sock It To Us: Help our sock collection, sponsored by the Sisterhood to benefit area homeless shelters. Order here from Amazon and BZBI gets a donation; ship to Eileen Dwell & Charles Steinberg, 1919 Chestnut St. Apt 2201, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Hang With the Cool Cakes: Sign up here to prepare and deliver at least a dozen baked goods for the Gift of Life Family House on Sunday, December 13.
  • Love from my Head Tomatoes: Sign up here to make sandwiches and welcome bags with snacks and warm clothes for St. Mary’s church and their Bethesda Project shelter on Wednesday, December 16.
  • Oy to the World: Sign up here. Wednesday, December 25, we will cook in our homes and drop off dinner at Trinity Church’s WinterShelter. Due to COVID-19, we are dropping off food to Trinity Church and will not be serving them. We are cooking for a total of 22 men this year.  Please label your item with “12/25 dinner” and the dish i.e. “chicken masala” or “roasted vegetables”, “cookies”.  Drop off date: Thursday, December 25
Drop off time: food drop off times are any day from 6-7 at the TPG red door (the middle red door on the Spruce side).  Knock, or ring the basement bell and someone will take your food and bring it down. Or, Mon, Tues or Thur from 10:30-3:30, when Office Manager Chris is in her office, call 215-732-2515 ahead of time to let her know you are bringing the food over.  Leave it on the table in the court court and ring the office bell on the side wall there, and Chris will take it down. BZBI contact: Rachel Luterman at 267-254-4601.

Zoom knitting and crocheting classes will be offered throughout the winter, on the last Monday of each month. We will teach knitting basics and in return ask that you make scarves and hats for those in need. No experience is necessary!  Please RSVP if you are interested. Registration can be found here.

Easy Hat – BZBI

BZBI will having virtual knitting lessons, but this hat even has an on-line tutorial!

Here’s a list of supplies for knitting a hat. The hats we knit will be donated to the Bethesda Project for distribution to homeless adults.  A great way to learn a new hobby and help others in need.

Supply list

  • 1 skein (106 yards) of chunky weight knitting year (consider Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick
  • US #11 circular needle ’16 inch
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

All supplies are available on and a portion of your purchase will benefit BZBI


Our hat project has a tutorial at so you can sneak a peek before we begin, and you can access help between sessions.

  • CO (Cast on) 44 sts
  • Rounds 1-6 K1(Knit 1), P1 (Pearl 1)
  • Rounds 7-26 K (Knit)


  • Leave a 24” tail of yarn
    Thread you yarn needle with this tail of yarn
    Feed your needle through each stitch and pull to close the opening
    Weave in refining tail of yarn.