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Posted: Thursday Mar 15, 2012




March 15, 2012

Ben Schachter, associate professor of fine arts at Saint Vincent College, has entered a competition that asks, “Where do you give?”

Sponsored by American Jewish World Service, whose mission is to realize human rights and end poverty in the developing world, the public can express its support for his design by voting online.

“Charity and philanthropy are major parts of many religions,” Mr. Schachter commented. “Judaism gives it a unique character. As the contest rules explain, the word tzedakah comes from the Hebrew word tzedek, meaning righteousness or justice. It refers to the Jewish practice of giving money in order to help those less fortunate – using financial resources to create a more just and righteous world.

Mr. Schachter’s design, “Pocket Tzedek,” combines wireless technology – a debit card reader – and a traditional “pushke,” or piggy bank. Instead of dropping in coins, the donor dips his card.

Mr. Schachter’s graphic design can be accessed at www.wheredoyougive.org where viewers can vote for his design. The design of the artist who receives the most votes in the web interactive category will be exhibited and have a chance to be developed into a prototype. Voters can vote once each day.


Photo: Ben Schachter’s design for a pocket tzedek.


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