Tzedakah Box Roundup

Last week I wrote about The Dorothy Saxe Invitational, a wonderful biennial exhibit at The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco whereby artists are asked to interpret a Jewish ritual object. For this year’s invitational, the museum asked 38 West Coast artists and contemporary craftspeople to re-imagine the tzedakah box.

Lisa Kokin, Dark Money, 2015. Thread, wire, and shredded money. Photo by Johnna Arnold.

Lisa Kokin, Dark Money, 2015. Thread, wire, and shredded money. From The Dorothy Saxe Invitational at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photo by Johnna Arnold.

All the tzedakah boxes on exhibit will be available for purchase in an ongoing silent auction. If you’re interested, you can get more information and register here.

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Today I’m bringing you a roundup of traditional tzedakah boxes. Below are some of my favorites. I chose a variety of boxes in different price ranges. I also included a few  more conventional coin banks because I liked their simple and minimal design. The important thing, ultimately, is the gift of giving—not the box.

 What is your family tradition of giving tzedakah?

This Tzedakah box/bag by Sari Srulovitch is a complete shape when the bag is full with coins, but than we have to empty it and start all over again. On the sack she embroidered ' and you shall be blessed' from the blessing of God to Abraham. The one that gives as well as the one that is receiving are blessed.

Tzedakah Box/Bag by Sari Srulovitch. It’s a complete shape when the bag is full with coins. On the sack Sari embroidered ‘ and you shall be blessed’ from the blessing of God to Abraham. The one that gives as well as the one that is receiving are blessed.

Sterling Silver Tzedakah Box by Sari Srulovitch

Sterling Silver Tzedakah Box by Sari Srulovitch

Tzedakah Box by Amy Reichert

Bank by Ferm Living

Bank by Ferm Living

 Koin Wood Bank by Bruno Limberger

Koin Wood Bank by Bruno Limberger

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Bank by Selma Durand — a beautiful way turn your everyday loose change into tzedakah.

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Egg Bank by J. Schatz

BANK is a money box made of elastic rubber. Slip coins in the slit, press it and turn it upside down to get the coins back.

Bank by Praxis is a money box made of elastic rubber.

Whale Bank by Arks and Animals

Whale Bank by Arks and Animals

Lego Tzedakah Box by Brick Shtick

Had to include this one for my kids…Lego Tzedakah Box by Brick Shtick

For some some great tips on teaching tzedakah to your children, check out Sara Shapiro-Plevan’s terrific article in My Jewish Learning.

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1 Comment on Tzedakah Box Roundup

  1. David
    April 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

    Like the lego one.. Very cool..

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