Occasions for Giving Tzedakah (Charity)

I loved this list and thought I would include it in my blog.

Occasions for Giving Tzedakah
(in addition to, or as one aspect of a regular pattern of giving) by Danny Siegel. (I tweaked it slightly.)

A. Concerning other People

  1. In honor of a birth, brit milah, baby naming, bar mitzvah, bat mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
  2. In honor of a patriarch or matriarch who has reached a significant birthday: 60th, 70th, 75th, 80th, 90th or 100th up to 120th.
  3. To extend wishes for the recovery of someone who is sick.
  4. In memory of someone who has passed away.
  5. In honor of a conversion of a friend.
  6. In honor of major events in a person’s life: graduation, new job, etc.

B. Occasions in your own life

  1. Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, confirmation, wedding, anniversary, or other joyous occasion.
  2. Reaching a significant birthday.
  3. Upon recovery from an illness.
  4. In honor of your own graduation, new job, etc.
  5. Before candlelighting on Friday night.
  6. Before Jewish or non Jewish holidays, specifically to people and agencies that provide food for the poor on those holidays.
  7. At synagogue or church when you attend services.
  8. Upon arriving safely from a trip.
  9. Upon receiving a foundation grant or inheriting a sum of money or receiving any money as a gift.