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Three-Slot Tzedakah Box

Mar 22, 2012 by Sasha  | 

For today’s design check out this 3-Slot Tzedakah Box from SolomonWorks!

Please briefly describe your design:

This was fabricated using square tube steel and sheet metal then completely welded including the hinge to create a singular object locked together with a simple pad lock. The prototype will more accept more finishing for a personalized recipient.

How does your design reimagine the future of giving? How will your design spark a national conversation about the obligation to give, where to give, to whom and why?

This design is a contemporary one. It instantly conjures up the modernist spirit that has revolutionized the way we live today. Within the Jewish community we have a long history of charity and benefaction that has its roots in ancient times and the Torah. Charity has largely been based on the few wealthy who give to select causes or recipients in need. A new globalized world lends itself to more creative and dynamic ways of giving.

This tzedakah box is an example of thinking differently. The design expresses a singular nature of giving while allowing for diversity in whom and to what we give. There is no handle to suggest a more intimate connection we should have with the charity process. The overall modernistic design is more relevant and engaging than the classic old world style we often see in synagogues. In collecting charity we often fail to make it compelling and attractive to those we seek money from. Often we lean more on sympathy and compassion.

It is a fundamental paradigm shift to think about the ways we present our charity seeking to those willing to give. This Tzedakah box is only a microcosm of this idea. If a charity box can be made attractive enough to give to because of its beauty and unique qualities, and if it can suggest the multiplicity of opportunity and relationship to giving than how much greater an impact would a large scale re - imagining of how we seek charity for ourselves and others produce.


Sasha Feldstein is a program associate in the education and community engagement department at AJWS, where she manages WhereDoYouGive.org. Aside from wanting to be and play outside all of the time, she is interested in radical reconceptualizations of ancient traditions and in deeply exploring why we give, where we give, how we give and what it means to define giving tzedakah as pursuing justice. Sasha can be reached at sfeldstein@ajws.org.

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