Tamhui and the meaning of Chanukah!

andrea Curriculum, Jewish Day School, Jewish Holidays, Mirowitz Community

Baby Tom and Baby Huey showed up at Mirowitz last Friday. It was a terrible miscommunication. The costumed Coach Gary and Morah Shannon thought we were introducing Tom and Huey, but we really meant to introduce Tamhui, our school’s Chanukah tzedakah collection. Good sports that they are, Baby Tom and Baby Huey learned a few things about our project!Mirowitz Tamchui

Your children are diving into an exploration of their own passions through the Chanukah Tamhui project. Each family is encouraged to donate to the collective Tahmui (tzedakah pot). Many families choose to give up a night of Chanukah presents in order to give rather than receive. Some will empty family tzedakah jars, or do household chores and donate their earnings.

Over the next few weeks, your children will grapple with the challenge of determining how to allocate our collective tzedakah. They will consider which organization seems the best investment and which pulls most at their heartstrings.

Mirowitz TamchuiA committee of parents chose these 5 organizations, and we will divide our group Tamhui collection based on the distribution of votes (pompom tokens) each receives. (Click the organizations below to learn more about them.)

Asthma and Allergy Foundation

Beyond Housing

Urban Harvest

Krembo Wings

Global STEM Initiative

If you have not done so already, please complete the Tamhui homework, and engage with your children in a thoughtful conversation about philanthropic priorities. (Look for the green paper in backpacks!) Please send your cash or check (payable to Mirowitz) donations by December 17. Consider donating the amount you would spend on one night’s Chanukah gifts for your child, and dedicating one night of Chanukah to others this year.

Shabbat Shalom,
Cheryl