A child's birthday is the most important day in his/her life.
It is more than a basic need.
It is their right!
Every child deserves to celebrate the day s/he was born.
But unfortunately, not every child in Israel can enjoy this right, due to his/her family's hardship.
It's unfair, it's unjust and that's why we have tzedakah, mitzvoth and tikkun olam.
Becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah means that the mitzvot (commandments) to which you will be obligated involve not only Jewish ritual but also social action. These noble ideas refer to our obligations toward God and toward other human beings.
And this is where a child's birthday can become your mitzvah.
"On this, my special day, I have chosen to support a wonderful program in Israel called Birthday Angels because “The day that you were born is the day Hashem decided the world could not exist without you.”
Excerpt from Hannah Beder's d'var Torah for her Bat Mitzvah, NSW, Australia
Tikkun Olam is a Personal Thing
Talking about tikkun olam may seem like an enormous task – who can fix the whole world?
But in Birthday Angels we make it much more simple, direct and personal.
We translate your donation into a personal event which you share vicariously with the child whose party you have sponsored.
"For my Bat Mitzvah I gave to Birthday Angels because I couldn't believe that these children don't have what we take for granted - a birthday celebration"
Brianna Krezner, New City, New York
Your donation of $54 provides a volunteer with a Party Kit containing everything needed to throw a fun and personal party for a child's birthday in his/her class with all their friends around them.
This way, your donation reaches more than one child, and a whole class of 40 children share this unique experience.
By donating one child's birthday, you give this little "world" of 40 children an important message that they are cared for and loved.
Isn't that tikkun olam?
"For my mitzvah project I decided to dedicate a portion of my birthday money to Birthday Angels. I think this is a good cause because I have had many birthday parties but it is incredibly sad that there are kids in Israel who don't even have birthday parties. Birthday parties are an important thing to kids but when a child can't have a party it must be very upsetting. Using my birthday money for this felt good because every child deserves a birthday party."
Caryn Altman, New Jersey
When you receive a personal Thank You Card sharing the moments and memories of the event you know precisely where your tzedakah has gone and what it has done.
You can see for yourself the joy you have created in that child's birthday and you understand what it meant to the child.
It is personally rewarding for the child and for you – his/her Angel - as well.
"Bless you all for this wonderful, humane and beautiful thing that you are doing.
T O D A H."
Idan, Idan's parents and Motti Bassah, Perach Mentor
Our Mitzvah Hero
Our founder Ruthie Sobel Luttenberg is a Mitzvah Hero of the Ziv Tzedakah Fund.
Danny Siegel's Ziv Tzedakah Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and distribution of funds to various little known tzedakah projects.
Today, since the closing of the ZIV Tzedakah Fund, the Mitzvah Hero's Fund run by three of Danny Siegel's students, Steve Kerbel, Bill Begal, and Mary Meyerson, and The Good People's Fund run by Naomi Eisenberger, have been established to continue what Danny Siegel started at Ziv.
They raise money and support for individuals and programs that offer direct, significant, and immediate services with a minimum of overhead and bureaucracy.
They are also involved in bringing the educational message of tzedakah to communities and Jewish schools throughout the United States, Canada and Israel and empower ordinary people to become Mitzvah Heroes.
By donating to Birthday Angels you can add that special ingredient of tikkun olam, or fixing the world, to your upcoming simcha (joyous event) so that many more people can benefit from your happiness and joy.
Make a donation to Birthday Angels
and make a child's birthday your mitzvah!