Tzedakah is based on the Hebrew word (צדק, Tzedek) meaning righteousness, fairness or justice, and refers to the religious obligation to do what is right and just. Maimonides says that, while the second highest form of tzedakah is to anonymously give donations to unknown recipients, the highest form is to give a gift that will result in the recipient supporting himself instead of living upon others.
As you consider giving Tzedakah this year, remember that the Social Action Committee is involved in making donations to various organizations in our community. If there are organizations that you believe should be recipients of the Temple’s Tzedakah, please let us know. If you would like to know organizations we have identified as recipients, please contact [email protected].