September 19, 2008
Challenging Kids for Tzedakah
The Seattle Jewish Community School has a rich tradition of teaching tzedakah at all age levels. Our good friend Amee Sherer, a teacher in the school, called us just as school was about to begin and asked if we had connections on the Gulf Coast where hurricanes (or tropical storms) were rolling in on an almost daily basis. The school would like to partner with the Good People Fund in helping those impacted by the storms’ destruction-possibly with a school where a personal connection could be made between the Seattle and Mississippi students. Tzedakah collected during the first month of school would be donated to us to be disbursed as we uncover needs.
We knew that it would not be difficult to find a worthy recipient of the tzedakah…so many schools (and families) were still reeling from Hurricane Katrina of three years ago, let alone from the recent storms.
Wanting to give the kids a little "kick start" to their first collection of the year, we told Amee that we would match whatever the kids raised, up to $250. This was a challenge that no one wanted to turn down! We can’t wait to see what the school collects…we’ll let you know and also share how the funds are to be used.