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Charity box

(tzedakah box)


Container used to collect funds for charity.


Charity boxes can be portable (such as alms bowls in Central Europe or moneybox) or built in a wall of the synagogue. In Germany, those built-in charity boxes can have the shape of an outstretched hand. In some synagogues (Italy, Comtat Venaissin in France) there can be trunks to collect for five or six different causes: the poor, the sick, dowry of poor girls, the Holy Land, etc.


Chesed, Tzedakah, Tzedek: What’s the difference?


  • Hebrewקופסת צדקה
  • GermanSpendenbüchse
  • RussianКружка для пожертвований
  • FrenchBoîte de tsédaka
  • DutchCollectebus
  • ItalianCassetta per le offerte
  • CzechPokladnička
  • HungarianPersely
  • SpanishCaja de caridad
  • GreekΚουτί εράνου
  • PolishPuszka kwestarska
  • Arabicصندوق الصدقات
  • Yiddishפּושקע
  • LadinoKuti por sedaka


“Charity (Tzedakah): Charity Throughout Jewish History,” Jewish Virtual Library

Heuberger, Georg, ed. Zedaka: Jüdische Sozialarbeit im Wandel der Zeit: 75 Jahre Zentralwohlfahrtsstelle der Juden in Deutschland 1917-1992 [Zedaka: Jewish Social Work through the Ages: 75 Years of the Central Welfare Office for Jews in Germany 1917-1992]. Frankfurt am Main: Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, 1992, pp. 228-41.

Kuntoš, Jaroslav. Silver Judaica: From the Collection of the Jewish Museum in Prague. Prague: Židovské muzeum v Praze, 2012, pp. 216-33.

Ladany, Shaul and Dotan Shulman, Ha-Kufsa ha-K’chula [The Blue Box]. Jerusalem: Jewish National Fund,2014.

The 2015 Dorothy Saxe Invitational: Tzedakah Box. San Francisco: The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2015.

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