Linda & Leigh Baltuch

From the age of five, Leigh remembers going to Friday night Shabbos services in the basement of a church in Ramsey, New Jersey. His parents had been involved in the establishment of a new synagogue, where he later celebrated becoming a Bar Mitzvah. He vividly recalls assisting during those years with many monthly rummage sales to raise money for the new building.

Linda, who grew up in Portsmouth, Virginia, distinctly remembers the prominently displayed and regularly used blue and white tzedakah box at her home. She also recollects how each Sunday School class began with donating a few coins for tzedakah and with placing a quarter in a slot in her own collection card. The card would eventually be filled with enough quarters to plant a tree in Israel through the Jewish National Fund.