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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 2013-2014:
  • New York Common Pantry
    (formerly Yorkville Common Pantry)
    As in past years, our weekly collection begins with an organization that feeds the hungry in our area. New York Common Pantry is New York City’s largest community-based food pantry. All contributions from the start of the school year through Thanksgiving benefit the pantry.

    Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Its mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.”

  • Sharsheret
    Sharsheret, Hebrew for “chain,” is a national not-for-profit organization supporting young women and their families, of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer.

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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