The Hebrew word “Tzedokah” is widely mistranslated as CHARITY. It would be more accurate to translate it as “(social) justice / obligation.”
At Yeshivah – Beth Rivkah the students are taught about this central concept of Judaism. However it is not presented as a mere abstract concept. Through practical activities Tzedokah is integrated into their lives and becomes part of their very being.
From pre-school age the students are encouraged to share and give a coin to Tzedokah every day. As they grow older, besides giving something of their own, they raise money for various causes, both locally and in Israel.
Students participate in a wide range of fundraising activities, supporting many worthy causes and campaigns such as (but not limited to) Magen David Adom, Red Nose Day, Daffodil Day, Canteen, Israel Foundation for Handicapped Children, Yad Eliezer, Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, Peulah and Terror Victims Association.
In the past five years the students have raised over $100,000 for charities in Israel such as Shaarei Tzedek Hospital, Maot Chitim and Magen David Adom (who recently purchased two new ambulances with the money raised). The students also run special project fundraising drives to assist various programs such as supporting victims of terror and funding the purchasing of bullet proof vests for the residents of Shilo. Just recently the Beth Rivkah girls raised $2300 for a little girl in Israel who has leukaemia and the Yeshivah boys raised $2000 for MDA and a few hundred dollars for Ilan, an association that supports handicapped children in Israel.