So last night I got locked out of my car. In Baltimore. On one of the coldest nights of the year.

Thankfully, a volunteer from Chaverim of Baltimore was there within minutes and while it ended up taking a second volunteer and close to an hour, they were able to get me back into my car.

Without being asked, I immediately made an online donation to Chaverim to sponsor a lock out kit so that they can help others in my predicament.

If you’re like me, your inbox is full of emails asking you to make an end of (tax) year donation. I ignored almost all of them, but gave to an organization that didn’t ask me. Why? Because I saw the organization’s value, I benefited from their work, and wanted to express my appreciation.

I’m currently working on a marketing piece for our government affairs division and would love to hear from you on why YOU support Agudath Israel. Is it because you believe in the overall mission to solve the problems facing the Jewish people under the unifying banner of Torah and with the guidance of Torah leaders or is it something specific that you benefited from (or hope to benefit from)?

One person told me he became a member this week because we helped his father (one of thousands helped by our constituent affairs department). Another donor said that although his children didn’t attend Jewish schools, he appreciated our work on school choice and other school funding programs which make Jewish schools more affordable for families.

What aspect of our work is most important for you? Education? Religious freedom? Security (see our most recent NJ success and urgent federal action alert below)? Please email me at to share your thoughts.

This video, shown at our recent convention, highlights some of the many ways Agudath Israel serves the community. To watch click here

If you haven’t done so already, please also help us with a 2017 donation (or give your 2018 donation early) by clicking on the link below. The recent tax reform package made some changes which could make contributing in this tax year more advantageous for many people. Please speak to your tax advisor about that issue and while you’re at it, please take a look at our helpful update on the new K-12 expansion of 529 plans and discuss that issue with them as well.

Oh! One last thing. Always make sure you have your keys with you before locking your car door!