Know how to knit? Show some handmade Philly love by creating knit hats for IDF soldiers! The Jewish Federation’s neighborhood Kehillot will arrange for the hats to be sent to soldiers in Israel at the Lone Soldier Center and Michael Levin Base via convenient drop off locations around Greater Philadelphia.

Volunteer DETAILS

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Hats for Heroes. To download the free hat pattern, click here. For questions, visit the FAQ or email srappaport@jewishphilly.org.

Material Instructions:

  • Download free hat pattern here.
  • You must use machine washable plain black worsted weight yarn. Black Superwash wool is the best, acrylic or a wool/acrylic mix.
  • The recommended length and size of the yarn is 220 yards and 200 m.
  • Use whatever needle you need to get gauge. The 4mm – 5.5 mm range is a good place to start. For circulars, use a small circumference, about 12” – 16”.
  • Wash and dry completed hats and place them in a Ziplock bag, include a 3 x 5 card with your personal information (name, mail address, telephone number, email address). You can also include a personal note to the soldier who will receive your hat.
  • Materials for the hats can be purchased at most local craft and yarn shops. Luv2Knit & More is offering a discount on tools and materials specified in the pattern for making hats for IDF soldiers.

Drop Off Locations

Please see below for the list of participating congregations and organizations which have collection stations for your finished hats.

Congregation Adath Jeshurun
7763 Old Road Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027

Congregation Beth El – Ner Tamid
715 Paxon Hollow Road, Broomall, PA 19008
Hats can be dropped off weekdays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Congregations of Shaare Shamayim
9768 Verree Road, Philadelphia, PA 19115

Congregation Ohev Shalom
2 Chester Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Hats can be dropped off in the labeled covered plastic bin on the loading dock.

Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096

Kesher Israel Congregation
1000 Pottstown Pike, West Chester, PA 19380

Ohev Shalom of Bucks County
944 Second Street Pike, Richboro, PA 18954

Old York Road Temple – Beth Am
871 Old York  Road, Abington, PA 19001
Hats can be dropped off in the bucket by the rear parking lot doors.

Temple Beth Zion – Beth Israel
300 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Temple Brith Achim
481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406

Temple Sinai
1401 Limekiln Pike, Dresher, PA 19025
Completed hats can be dropped off in the marked bin outside the front door of the synagogue.

Society Hill Synagogue
418 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106