| Have you ever wondered who is really
requesting your car donation in the ads on the radio? One organization, the
L'Chaim Society, advertises nationally, and there are many rumors regarding who
they are. Since there is no web site for the organization, it is hard to get
definitive information. Rather than leaving it up to guesses, Boycott Watch
decided to take the challenge and find out what the L'Chaim Society really is.
Some people suggested the car donation program is
related to noted author and lecturer Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, so we asked him. As
it turns out, while Rabbi Boteach is associated with the L'Chaim Society of
Oxford, a club he started, he is not related to the car donation program of the
We started by calling the L'Chaim Society
at 800-288-7799, the phone number in the radio ads. Since L'Chaim is a Hebrew
word, we asked the person answering the phone if they are associated with any
synagogues, and we were told they are associated with Bet Shabbat (House of the
Sabbath) Synagogue in Stamford, Connecticut. We were also explained that the
proceeds are used to Jewish educational programs and for the needy. This was
not unreasonable since we expected the proceeds to go to Jewish programs
because the word L'Chaim is in Hebrew.
That's all we
asked the very courteous person on the phone. While we could have asked more
questions, we wanted to find out more information on our own, and that is what
We checked with the United Jewish Federation
of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, Connecticut and discovered that
the program ran by their local Chabad, a branch of the well-known world-wide
Jewish outreach organization of the same name.
called the local number after business hours, and sure enough, the phone
message lists an extension to the L'Chaim Society, as well as the advertised
toll-free phone number which can be used for immediate service. Boycott Watch
is therefore satisfied that the L'Chaim Society car donation program is a
legitimate charity and is providing the services as advertised.
United Jewish Federation Listing for Chabbad in Stamford:
Chabad Lubavitch of Fairfield County
57 Revonah Avenue,
Stamford, CT 06905 Phone: (203) 324-3779 · FAX: (203) 348-6284
Chabad's mission is to serve as a catalyst for growth and development
in the Jewish community by providing resources for education and Jewish
continuity. Outreach to the unaffiliated is a vital element of the Chabad
Among its activities, Chabad sponsors Chabad Gan Yeladim
Preschool, Gan Israel Day Camp, youth programs, Shabbat and holiday
celebration, services to the Russian speaking members of the Jewish community,
women's programming and adult education.
Chabad activities in Stamford
take place in local synagogues and centers.