Lakewood Rabbonim concerned over this year’s Kimcha D’Pischa funds due to Stimulus Checks

Lakewood Rabbonim today issued a letter expressing concern over the fact that it appears people are giving less toward Kimcha D’Pischa funds.

It appears, Rabbonim say, that people are donating less this year, knowing that Stimulus Checks are being given out, when in reality it is nowhere near the amount needed to help the Aniyei Lakewood – many of whom have lost their livelihoods.

See the letter below.

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  1. I’m still waiting for the second stimulus, so I’m probably not getting this one anytime soon. Because I was late in filling in taxes.

    I’m doing fine, just making a point that not everyone who is eligible is getting it now. And I’m sure plenty of people are over the eligibility limit but can’t cover bills.

  2. Maybe people are giving less because some of the regular donors have also had a challenging year? And maybe there is so much food distribution that food this year is not the challenge?

  3. Ok – maybe rename it. When there’s daily food boxes with Max food stamps being given out No one should be going hungry.. I understand it may be used for other things clothing for yom tov for the season etc. But that is not kimcha d’pischa money for pesach matzos..

  4. Can we have a english Translation?

    This is extremely important letter, I am a simple person no-one knows that I’m strugeling and due to recent circumstances have over 30k in chovos, my stimulus will be gone before it starts.

  5. As a donor – I chose to give my money to Aniyei Eretz Yisroel this year. This past year has been a tremendous year for low income families in the US – between the 3 rounds of stimulus, shabbos\YT boxes of food, unemployment benefits, food stamp increases etc.. We are talking tens upon tens of thousands of dollars in gov’t handouts for families of multiple children. To make the case that the need for YT needs hasn’t decreased exponentially in Lakewood, I need to hear a detailed explanation.

  6. I’m sure there are many people that still need $$ but there are also many they don’t need as much as in the past years. If there would be transparency about how much is needed. There should be a lot less needed this year. I push myself to give as much as possible but I’m not interested in giving just to make the fundraisers feel good.

  7. Agree with letter writer Giver. There needs to be transparency on this subject if we are to buy into this plea for sustained assistance. Publishing a vague letter without any data dispelling the notion of decreased levels of need doesn’t help anyone. I can say this for certain – yungeliet and low income families in eretz Yisroel’s needs have increased exponentially over the past year. International donations have decreased as a result of the pandemic and there was no Gov’t handout program to supplement the losses as there was in the US. We should all be increasing our donations to acheinu bnei Yisroel in Eretz Yisroel.

  8. @Not Understanding
    working very hard over time 10-12 hrs a day still struggling with all the help i can get, the stimulus can barely pay down a tenth of my chovos….

    seems you don’t trust the rabbonim, re:giving to EY. maybe open a shulchan aruch and check the halacha regarding where to give. (for all you know you have relatives that come first)

  9. There are also many people that lost jobs and income this year that may not have needed help in the past that do this year. The stimulus checks are nice but don’t cover a budget – especially for Pesach.
    The rabonim have more insight into this and are aware of more than others. Trust the rabonim and give your tzedaka to them. It’s great to help people in eretz Yisroel as well. However, Aniyei irchah kodem. It WILL help people that need it.

  10. I would like to clarify – I did not say that there are no nitzrachim this year. What I said was that the number of nitrachim for kimcha d’pischa should have decreased exponentially. Those who saw no one or little loss of income and are in the lower income brackets should not be on the receipt list. On the flip side, it should be expected that there should be new names in the list, those who experienced income loss and may not have qualified for all the govt handouts. However the number of recipients should have still shown a large net decrease. As to the point of trusting Rabonim – they do not state which organizations specifically can be trusted to vet their recipients to ensure those taking actually need kimcha d’pischa or money for Y’T needs. Being that there is a lot of mistrust out there, the organizations need to be transparent to the degree that the concerns are dispelled.

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