Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Od Yosef Chai

Od Yosef Chai is a Tzedakah organization that raises money to give to the poor in Israel.

I have not found a web site for them yet, so I don't know if they are online, and I have no way of getting in touch with them.

Their name is familiar, and I am sure I have seen different programs that they have run before, probably using kids to do different fundraising programs.

I think it is important for kids to do more than just learn at school, and I am glad that my kids school has frequent projects involving various tzedakahs.It teaches them the importance of being a member in the community, and shows them how hard it can be for jewish organizations to raise money.

But I find the tzedakah project my son brought home yesterday to be completely inappropriate. In order to raise money, kids are being asked to sell $5 scratch off lottery tickets, with prizes that range from a $5 gift card to a stereo system or bicycle.

I can accept that Jewish orgainzations are trying to cash in Americans passion for gambling. Thats why my shul held a casino night, the conservative shul I pass on my walk to shul every week is having a Texas Holdem tournament, and every organization that exists hosts Chinese Auctions. These events are marketed toward adults, and while I would prefer gambling was not part of fundraising, gambling is an effective way to raise money.

But I draw the line at having kids sell scratch off rafffle tickets. Why do we have to introduce kids to trying to find easy street. Why not wait until they are older to get them addicted to gambling.


Blogger Krunk said...

Wow that sorta is pushing it.

February 28, 2006 7:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, OYC has been suspected of financial improprieties.

March 01, 2006 4:52 AM  
Anonymous The Shver said...

Amazing! I think you are really starting to grow up and get into the role of Dad. But...does this mean you are no longer the person I elected to be my senior son in law?

By the way, against all odds, I happen to agree with you. I think that the school should re-think allowing this project; just because a fund-raising organization comes up with an idea doesn't free the school from its obligation to "filter" what gets to the kids.

March 01, 2006 10:49 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

you know yiddish???

March 01, 2006 11:01 AM  
Anonymous the shver said...

Only enough to defend myself against any slander by both our respective shvigers.

March 01, 2006 11:15 AM  
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Blogger mzk said...

Personally, I think a lot of Od Yosef Chai. I give them every Purim (including this week), where they have an arrangement where people lay out money to give to the poor on Purim, and you reimburse them.

This year, I called the American office (Brooklyn phone directory), who gave me the number of the Israeli office. This Israeli office said they were not set up for credit cards, so they laid out the money and I sent a check. I have always been impressed in my dealing with them.

March 12, 2009 1:36 PM  

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