Lema'an Achai strives to help our neighbors the way we would want to be helped ourselves: as equals, with the aim of getting families back on their feet.
Receiving a handout can often feel belittling. In contrast, when financial support is complemented with education, supportive guidance and training it conveys a palpable message of appreciation, esteem and commitment. We call this Smart Chesed.
Lack of money is undoubtedly a serious part of the issue of poverty, but typically it is only a small part of the solution. While not having enough funds to provide for the basics in life is certainly excruciatingly painful—it is critical to offer rehabilitative assistance as well. We believe this is not only more respectful and effective in the long run, but also the Jewish way.
In accordance with the Rambam’s 8th and highest level of charity we strive to teach financial independence to our clients.
"The greatest level, above which there is no greater, is to endow the needy with a gift or loan, or enter into a partnership with him, or find employment for him, in order to strengthen his hand until he need no longer be dependent upon others"
Lema’an Achai calls this philosophy Smart Chesed.