On Purim, Yad Chessed worked with 65 synagogues, colleges and day schools across Massachusetts to collect AND give away matanot l’evyonim (gifts to the poor) to Jewish families in need. Last Purim, Yad Chessed distributed $143,500 in food vouchers to more than 700 local families.
The special mitzvah of matanot l’evyonim requires Jewish people of all ages to give over and above customary tzedakah to at least two people in need on Purim. It also instructs Jews to give to anyone who asks, without evaluating that person’s level of need.
“Observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking,
an occasion for sending presents to the poor.”
— Esther 9:22
Thank you for joining Yad Chessed in breathing new life into this ancient mitzvah.
Yad Chessed has developed a unique community-wide program in support of this custom, helping to both identify Jewish people in need and ensure that your donation reaches them each year on Purim.
HOW IT WORKS
Making Your Donation
Funds are collected at Megillah readings on Erev Purim, or Purim morning at participating congregations, minyans or day schools. If you can’t attend a service, but would like to donate for Purim, you’ll be able to make a donation online.
Distributing to Jews in Need
Yad Chessed gives out vouchers (with no dollar amount) to needy families in advance of Purim. These vouchers can only be used starting at 1 PM on Purim day. After Yad Chessed determines the total amount collected, Yad Chessed calls the participating stores and tells them how much each voucher is worth.
At Purim, help us offer a hand of loving kindness to more families on Purim by making a donation at your synagogue, college or day school.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Yad Chessed at (781) 487-2693 or email@example.com.