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October 3, 2015 | 20th Tishrei 5776

8 Tzedakah Actions for Chanukah

from Commission on Social Action Member, Barbara Lerman-Golomb

  1. Contact a community Toys for Tots program or a local Jewish agency and find out how you can donate a holiday gift. Involve you children so that they can better understand the plight of other children in need.

  2. Donate a can of food to a local food bank or volunteer to help out during the week of Chanukah.

  3. Donate a gently used Judaica item to the World Union for Progressive Judaism ( for a newly formed Reform synagogue in the Former Soviet Union or other country around the world.

  4. Donate children’s books to a local hospital ( or donate books of all ages to a local homeless shelter.

  5. Visit the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life’s ( Hanukkah website for holiday eco tips for giving a gift to the earth through environmental stewardship. You can give a gift to your home such as an energy efficient appliance or a compact fluorescent light bulb.

  6. Visit the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry’s ( website for donation ideas such as sponsoring a child’s lunches for the year or the RAC site for Lech Lecha to a Place of Hope—The Million Quarters Project.

  7. Make a donation to Mazon ( such as 3% of the amount you are spending for a holiday dinner.

  8. Make a chai donation to charitable organization in the name of a family friend or loved one.

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