“They were to observe them as days of feasting and merrymaking, and as an occasion for sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor”
— Esther 9:22
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. This tradition of helping those in need is central to the spirit of Purim and reminds us that we are obligated and honored to extend a helping hand in times of joy and celebration.
While we may be celebrating Purim differently this year, we know our community will still come together to donate to Yad Chessed and remember those in need. Help us offer a hand of loving kindness on Purim by making a donation through your synagogue or day school, or directly to Yad Chessed.
HOW IT WORKS
Since it’s founding in 1989, Yad Chessed has developed a unique method to enable community-wide participation in the mitzvah of Matanot L’evyonim, gifts to those in need on Purim. We help to both identify Jewish people in need and ensure that donor contributions reach them each year on Purim day.
Several weeks before Purim, Yad Chessed collects names of those in our community who are struggling. In addition to our Yad Chessed client case-load, we add names of Matanot L’evyonim recipients suggested by our partner agencies as well as Rabbis and community leaders. Yad Chessed then sends out kosher market vouchers (with no dollar amount) to families in need in advance of Purim along with detailed instructions that the vouchers will not be activated until Purim day. Individuals receive one voucher and families with children receive between two and three vouchers.
After Yad Chessed determines the total amount of funds raised for Purim, we call the participating kosher markets to inform them the value of each voucher. The more funds we raise on Purim, the higher the value of each voucher. Once the voucher value is determined, recipients can use them to purchase food starting at 1 p.m. on Purim day. Yad Chessed is committed to using 80% of the total amount of funds collected for Purim for food purchased on Purim day. Any additional funds and donations that are received after the deadline are used to support Jews in need with food and emergency support during the rest of the year.
MAKE YOUR DONATION TODAY
Funds are collected in the weeks leading up to Purim, during Megillah readings on Erev Purim, or Purim morning at participating congregations, minyans, schools, or from other organizations and individuals.
Gifts can be made online up until 11 a.m. on Purim morning, February 26, 2021. If you would like your gift tallied as part of your synagogue or school’s total, please note the name in your online gift .
Checks can be sent in advance of Purim to 440 Totten Pond Road, Suite 401, Waltham, MA 02451. If you would like your gift tallied as part of your synagogue or school’s total, please note the name in the memo line of the check.
For more information please contact Yad Chessed at 781-613-3413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.