Rabbis of the religious-Zionist movement established a charity called Kupat Aniyei Ircha (Literally the Fund for the Poor of Your City - Charity Begins at Home Fund), Thursday evening in Jerusalem. The goal is to create an umbrella organization that will take care of all families in financial crisis. During the meeting, the rabbis dealt with related issues in Jewish law and ethics that define the scope of the fund, as well as its goals and activities in the short and long term. Additional meetings will discuss criteria for receiving aid from the fund and other organizational matters. The organization hopes to create a network of 400 volunteer coordinators around the country, who will work for the needy in their communities.
According to figures presented at the meeting, the religious-Zionist community comprises more than 200,000 households and more than a million people, many of whom are not assisted by the currently-recognized charities. Two million shekels have been donated by religious-Zionist business people.