Monday, March 19, 2007

A Call For Help

I want to talk to you about Esther, a girl in New York whose phone number is 718-854-5222.

There is an organization based in New York called Rofeh Cholim. You may be familiar with them. I don't know what they do exactly, but they basically call people trying to solicit funds.

Over the past few weeks they have called here a number of times trying to raise funds to help a woman who has breast cancer.

Repeatedly I have asked them to take me off their phone list, as I live no longer live in the states and am not interested in giving money to their organization. The girls who call listen for a moment, and then hang up on me, usually in midsentence.

Tonight I called them back and asked the girl to take me of the list. She told me she would take me off the list when she got in front of a computer, but I don't believe her. She claimed, even though she answered the phone right away and knew who I was when I called, that she was not in front of the computer and would take me off the list when she had a chance.

Her name is Esther, and her phone number is 718-854-5222. If everyone could call her (don't worry about time or time zones; she certainly doesn't care that she frequently calls after midnight here) and ask her to take the Zacks' off her phone list, I would appreciate it.


Blogger Lakewood Venter said...

Wow! She gave you her number?! I have been trying to get her number for the longest time! :-)

March 20, 2007 12:54 AM  
Blogger Just Shu said...

If I called would I end up on her hitlist?

March 20, 2007 10:00 AM  
Blogger Air Time said...

give her a call lakewood. im sure she is waiting to hear from you.


I don't think she is going to want to add you to her list after you call her and complain.

March 20, 2007 1:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

people always yell at me for saying I want my tzedaka dollars to stay in the US. At least I now know that jews on the other side of the pond could care less about what goes on state side. Now I dont feel so bad

March 21, 2007 1:55 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Anonymous -

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess you have never been to Israel. I highly recommend you save your tzedakah money, put it to a plane ticket, and take a trip here.

But because you brought it up, here is the difference between giving money to an Israeli organization from America and giving money to an American organization from Israel.

From America to Israel -

Write tax-deductable check to American Friends of whatever your organization is. Put it in the mail in a postage-prepaid envelope.

From Israel to America -

Wait for American organization to send envelope. Envelope is not postage paid from Israel, which means finding stamps (not the easiest thing to do for a new oleh, but that will change). Write a shekel check, which will go to the US, and takes weeks to cash.

Lets just say for arguments sake that I would have given $18 when I lived in the states. To give the equivelent is roughly 75 shekels, an amount far higher than I can afford for every organization that calls. I could pledge 18 shekels, go through the whole process, and by the time this whole process has been completed, I will have given the organization about $4.

Its a waste of the organization's time and money to solicit me. The headache involved in giving money to a US based organization, complicated by exchange rates, makes it unefficient.

You want to give or not give to Israeli instutions and individuals, thats a personal decision and your prerogative. But comparing your not giving to Israel to my not giving to the US is wrong, and my dispeasure at an organization not taking my name off their list is an unfair comparison.

March 21, 2007 2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why would you assume I have never been to Israel?

March 21, 2007 5:19 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

Just a sense from your comment. You used some odd phrasing. The only time I have heard the Atlantic referred to as a pond is in relation to the US and England, not Israel. Maybe I'm wrong, but since you have to fly over the ocean, and then all of Europe, to get here, it doesn't sound like you have been here.

Also, your comment "At least I now know that jews on the other side of the pond could care less about what goes on state side" sounds misinformed, or based on a theory without actually confirming whether or not it is true. If you talked to people in Israel you would know that they care a great deal about what goes on in the US, regardless of their ability to send financial support to the US.

Have you ever been to Israel?

March 21, 2007 5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This type of talk sure ain't gonna bring moshiach - A'cheynu Kol Bais or Bait Yisroel - remember we are scattered to all 4 corners of the world and we try to help a jew wherever and whenever we can (no matter what Pond or land mass must be crossed)

March 22, 2007 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually - I have not

Just wondering how you knew

I understand the difficulty in sending a donation back to the US. I guess I was suprised about how little a pleas for help from the US for a cancer patient mattered to you. That does not reflect poorly on people in Israel on a whole - just on you.

March 26, 2007 1:42 PM  
Blogger Air Time said...

The plea for help meant a lot to me. However, I am not in a position to give. I repeatedly asked them to take me off the list so that they could stop wawsting both their time and mine. They refused to take me off the list. So I asked the people to help me out.

Not a reflection on the lady with cancer, just a negative toward the organization.

March 26, 2007 5:11 PM  
Blogger Mel Balsamo said...

Hahaha! You are a bit mean, to post someone's number in your blog. You should be very annoyed and irritated to this Esther girl. Well I guess you should! Who would want non-stop calls with the same things said over again. And how rude is it to hang up on someone you called because you don't like the words you're hearing? So rude.

Yeah she deserves to be getting calls from mysterious and unknown persons. So guys, do your thing!

Mel Balsamo

April 11, 2007 9:05 AM  

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