An Appeal for Sages
Donors Say They Thought They Were Supporting a Nursing Home That Closed in 1996
Donors to a Manhattan charity claim they have been misled.
The calendar, illustrated with images of old bearded rabbis and filled with pleas for donations, is a fundraising appeal that an Orthodox charity called the Home of the Sages of Israel distributes in the weeks before the start of each Jewish new year.
“As you turn the pages of this Calendar, look well at the faces of the Aged Sages and Scholars for whom we care,” reads the latest calendar, which arrived in mailboxes in July. “Won’t you extend a helping hand to your old sages?”
Recipients appear to respond to the solicitations en masse: The group raises around $500,000 a year from donors, according to tax filings. Yet three donors have now filed papers in New York State Supreme Court saying that they thought the calendar was asking for money for the nursing home that Home of the Sages opened in the 1960s. In
Nursing Home: Today, a placard at the Lower East Side building identifies it as New East Side Nursing Home. A ramp currently in front of the building is not pictured in the calendar photo.