Watch How You Can Keep Some of your Tzedakah in Baltimore! Agudah Scrip is a Win-Win and You Can Have it before Purim! (Video)

Posted on 03/15/19

Baltimore, MD - Mar. 14, 2019  - As the Yom Tov of Purim approaches, we are reminded of the oft-quoted dictum:

כל מי שפושט ידו ליטול נותנים לו

 "Whoever stretches out their arm [asking for help] we give them"

                                                                                           (Shulchan Aruch Siman 694:3

The Sefarim say that Hashem, too, abides by this method on Purim and all who stretch out their hands to Him [i.e. whatever we daven for] will be answered! Purim is an extremely opportune time to daven for things that we need & at this time of year, it is customary to increase charitable giving.

Police escort witnesses away from a mosque in central Christchurch, New Zealand, Friday, March 15, 2019. Multiple people were killed in mass shootings at two mosques full of people attending Friday prayers, as New Zealand police warned people to stay indoors as they tried to determine if more than one gunman was involved. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Agudah Scrip program, which Talmudical Academy of Baltimore participates in, is by far the easiest way to manage your charitable giving. It is safe, convenient, and approved by the Va’ad HaRabbonim as the recommended method of keeping a portion of your tzedakah dollars in Baltimore. Here’s how it works:

  1. You purchase Agudah Scrip that can be given to anyone collecting tzedakah in lieu of cash or checks. If you purchase Scrip through TA, the school receives 20% of your purchase as a tax-deductible donation.
  2. The collector redeems the Scrip notes for dollars at Agudath Israel of Baltimore.

Buying Agudah Scrip does not cost you more! For example, if you would usually give $5 cash to a collector, instead, you can give a $5 Scrip note. The collector redeems that $5 Scrip from Agudah, and receives $4 cash, as printed on the Scrip, while TA receives $1. The entire $5 donation is tax-deductible and you get a receipt upon request.

Agudah Scrip is conveniently available in the following denominations: .75 cents, $1.25, $3, $5, $10, $18, $25, $50. You may purchase any amount of Scrip in any denomination you choose.

Once you start using Scrip, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it!

-        Every Scrip purchase is fully tax-deductible, and Scrip notes never expire!

-        When purchased through TA, Scrip is delivered to your home within just a few days

-        Scrip is always handy- keep it in your kitchen or in your tallis bag!

-        You won’t run through checkbooks, or scramble to look for cash

-        By purchasing Scrip online with a credit card, you can rack up miles and points!

-        FREE $25 KNISH SHOP GIFT CERTIFICATE for every Scrip purchase through TA, of $500 or more

As a recent new Scrip participant shared, “It has absolutely changed my life! I love the convenience of it, as I can help the needy while helping TA at the same time. I can keep it with me and give tzedaka in Shul every morning. At home, I don’t have to find a checkbook every time someone comes to my door. It’s a no brainer!”

Click here to purchase Agudah Scrip through TA today.