Purim 2017 / Matanot l'Evyonim
On Purim we have a special mitzvah of giving gifts of money to the poor, so that they have enough resources to fully celebrate Purim. This mitzvah is incumbent on all Jews, and the Rambam teaches us that we must focus our resources on matanot l'evyonim over other forms of celebration (Hilchot Megillah 2:17).
In order to properly fulfill this mitzvah, one must give to the poor on Purim itself. In modern times this has presented some logistical challenges, so we arrange recipients of our donations ahead of time. All of the money that we collect at Ohev will be distributed evenly between the Yehuda Mond Foundation (a local organization that helps needy Jews in the DC/MD area), and organizations in Israel. Please see below for more information on these organizations.
We will be collecting donations for these organizations on Purim. Please bring your donations (in the form of cash or check) with you on Purim night if possible. The earlier that we collect the money, the better we can estimate how much we can give to these organizations so that they can distribute it properly on Purim.
If you would like to donate ahead of time you may donate online at http://ostns.org/donations_new. Select “Matanot l’Evyonim” from the dropdown menu. You may also mail it to the shul, as long as we will receive it by Thursday, March 9. If you donate the money before Saturday, March 11, please have in mind that you are appointing Maharat Ruth as your shaliach (messenger) to donate the money on Purim day. That way you properly fulfill the mitzvah.
If you are writing a check, please make it out to "OSTNS" and designate it for matanot l'evyonim.
Yehuda Mond Foundation http://www.yehudamondfoundation.org/
Leket Israel http://www.leket.org/english
Yad Ezrah http://www.yadezrah.org.il/about.php
Israel Chesed Fund http://kuppa.org/