"Your check arrived in time to pay for the electricity bills for heating and it will (also) enable me to assist the families with medication, tutoring and so many other needs…."
This belated letter from Zev Birger arrived a few days ago. Several years ago Zev and his late wife, Trudi (z"l), were approached by Teddy Kollek, then the mayor of Jerusalem, and asked if they would "adopt" some very poor families in the Romema section of the city. Since that time, the Birgers have helped many, many families not only with food, clothing and other basics, but also with education costs.
More recently, Zev decided to provide many families with electric heaters to help warm their cold and drafty apartments during the cold winter months. Mindful of the dangers of kerosene heaters, Zev believed that this would be an effective solution to the problem. The only downside are the increased electric bills which most families cannot pay from their meager income. The Good People Fund continues to provide some much-needed tzedakah money to help meet this critical need.
With no staff, no overhead, Zev’s needs provide a perfect way to use our donors’ tzedakah.