FAQ

Lema'an Achai's goal is to give a hand-up, not a hand out. While other organizations often perpetuate poverty by simply providing money and/or food, Lema'an Achai helps families through, and out of crisis. 
Smart Chesed is modern terminology for the Rambam's highest level of charity – namely, to help a person by providing work, a loan, or an opportunity.
Lema'an Achai was founded in the year 2000. It has helped thousands of families in Ramat Bet Shemesh, Bet Shemesh, and beyond.
Lema'an Achai counts on the generosity of good-hearted people throughout the world. Currently, roughly 75% of our support comes from the Bet Shemesh community, 5% from within Israel (out of Bet Shemesh), and 20% from outside of Israel. Lema'an Achai does not receive any government support.
Lema'an Achai's overhead fluctuates between 12-15%, considered excellent by industry standards. 
  • Yes! Lema'an Achai is approved under Section 46 of the Israeli tax code, enabling donors to obtain income tax refunds, and we are a 501c in the USA.
  • Donations from the Canada and England are also tax deductible. To arrange a tax-deductible donation in Canada contact ron@lemaanachai.org
  • Lema'an Achai fulfills all the halachik requirements for ma'aser kesafim (traditional 10% of income donated to charity).
  • Lema'an Achai is recognized by the industry-leading charity evaluator, Charity Navigator.
Residents living 10% or more under the Poverty Line qualify for Lema'an Achai Services. A professional, multi-faceted 'intake' ensures that this requirement is met and that the family is committed to take the necessary steps to independence.