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The Religious School of Congregation Emanu-El has a long tradition of supporting the work of organizations working for social justice through weekly tzedakah donations made by its students.


As situations in
the world warrant,

the Religious School periodically will undertake a special collection. Learn more through the links below about special collections we have generated:

Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Hurricane Sandy Relief

Japan Earthquake Relief

Fire in Northern Israel

Haiti Earthquake Relief


Formerly known as “The Brightside Fund,” this program was given its name at a time when the “uptown” Jewish community dedicated itself to helping the newcomers who were flooding the gates of Ellis Island in a desperate search for the “brighter side” of life. However, more important than the name is the expectation that students will learn the importance of righteous giving. We ask for students to bring a contribution towards a communal project with them each time they come to school.

Donation organizations are selected by our Religious School Student Council representatives. Following are our recipients for 2014-2015:
  • West Side Campaign Against Hunger
    As is the case with our first recipient of the year, all proceeds will be collected through Thanksgiving. We already have raised more than $1,000 for this organization.
  • Sharsheret
    For our second collection of 2014-2015, students donated $1,207.42 through the end of April.
  • Charity: Water
    Our final collection of the school year is dedicated to bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Students raised $1,076.21.

Recipients from previous years include:

For more information about Religious School tzedakah efforts
or to make a donation, contact the Department of Lifelong Learning.

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