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For the third year in a row Elie Klein is putting his gluttony to good use by
raising Hanukka gelt for charity.
The 31-year-old Beit Shemesh man is
collecting donations for dozens of organizations by going on a donut
“What started as a gentlemen’s bet two years ago regarding which
one of my neighbors could eat more sufganiyot [jelly-filled donuts] between Rosh
Hodesh Kislev and the end of Hanukka, has turned into a beloved annual
fundraising campaign,” he said. “Friends, family and complete strangers have
been pledging generous dollar and shekel amounts to their favorite Jewish
causes/charities for every sufganiya that I eat.”
Donuts and latkes made
with oil are traditionally consumed during Hanukka to commemorate the miracle of
the menorah, which burned for eight days and nights after the Maccabis
reconsecrated the Temple.
But doctors don’t recommend eating too many of
the calorie-rich foods, a fact that doesn’t deter Klein. He says plenty of
people raise money running marathons and cycling but his fundraiser grabs
people’s attention. He should know, as Klein works for a PR firm.
year’s campaign was such a success that this year he has raised the bar even
“I consumed 70 donuts and raised NIS 32,788.60 for 44 causes and
charities around the world,” he said. “This year, I have made a pledge to eat no
less than 100 sufganiyot during the campaign. We should have no problem reaching
NIS 45,000 by the end of Hanukka.”