At Rashi, Purim Tamchui is a three-week long school-wide philanthropy project that engages students in meaningful social justice learning and action and helps them recognize themselves as educated and empathetic young philanthropists. Tamchui is an annual tzedakah tradition at Rashi that takes place at Purim, in fulfillment of the mitzvah of giving gifts to the poor.
The Purim Tamchui Project is able to develop young, educated, compassionate philanthropists. Connected to that goal is to expose students each year to the myriad needs of children and their families and how different non-profit organizations and programs are creatively responding and supporting these needs. We are hoping to empower each child - after they have learned about the work of each organization and the children and families who benefit from this support - to reflect on the organizations and then have the hands-on opportunity to decide which of them they are most drawn to and would like to support with their own Tamchui chips. Finally, we want to inspire our students to imagine what kind of tikkun olam work they might do to make the world better.
I get to make a difference as a child.