17. Give A Portion of Party Expenses
MAZON, a Los
Angelese-based national organization, encourages Jewish individuals and
institutions to donate three percent of the cost of their bar mitzvahs, wedding
celebrations, or group-sponsored meals. With more than 800 synagogues taking
part, MAZON distributed $1.5 million to the hungry and homeless in 1992.
We can do the same if we all voluntarily taxed ourselves three percent of
the total cost of our wedding, confirmation, bar or bat mitzvah or baptismal
celebrations and gave this money to the homeless. Anyone who spends $1,000 for a
party can surely afford another $30 for the needy. And it can be any party --
not necessarily a ceremonial occasion -- a birthday, a New Year's Eve, a Fourth
of July picnic.
Such a gift sends a powerful message to our children and grandchildren.