Frequently Asked Questions

 2/19/18, Delray Beach Rally to End Gun Violence in America

2/19/18, Delray Beach Rally to End Gun Violence in America

 
 

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  • I can’t actually sell hamantaschen/mishloach manot until after Purim because I don't have time to organize before then. Is that okay?
    • Yes! We are rallying around Purim because of its message of courage, but if you can’t bake in time for Purim, that’s totally fine. People will still like hamantaschen! Also, feel free to do this anytime before Purim, too; it doesn't have to be only on the actual day of Purim. 
  • Do I have to be a member of a synagogue or another Jewish organization to do this? Can I sign up by myself?
    • You are more than welcome to sign up by yourself, or with a group of friends, to commit to baking and selling. If all you want to do is bake some hamantaschen at home and sell them to your friends, that is also great.
  • I want to reach out to a rabbi or Jewish professional about hosting a Purim event, but I don't know him/her personally. What should I say?
    • We made a script that you can follow if you are unsure how to introduce yourself or reach out to a Jewish professional. Check it out here.
  • How much money should I sell the hamantaschen for?
    • That’s up to you. You can package them individually or with several together; if you make mishloach manot baskets, you can put whatever you want in it. All we ask is that you charge people enough so that you will have some profit to donate. 
  • Is there a specific group to which we have to donate the money?
    • That's up to you. We originally told people to donate to Everytown, but some groups said they wanted to donate to different groups (such as the March for Our Lives), so that's totally fine. 
  • I see my school/synagogue/community on your list of participants. How can I get in touch with them?
  • I want to put out some information about gun violence when I'm selling hamantaschen. Do you have any resources I could use?
    • Yes! Check out our Resources page on the website. We link to several infographics from Everytown.
  • Do you have any protocol for us to follow when baking?
    • Nope. We are simply bringing groups together under a common mission. We aren’t telling you how to run your operation. 
  • But I want some advice! How should I structure my baking event?
    • We encourage you do whatever works best for your organization, city, or community! However, here are two models that might work for you:
      • 1) “Bake & Sell” - This event style involves you organizing a group of people to come together to bake and package hamantaschen or mishloach manot baskets, or you can do this by yourself. You can be creative with flavors/what goes in the baskets! Then, you can sell what you made to students, peers, and community members. You can then donate the profit to Everytown for Gun Safety.
      • 2) “Bake Together and Donate” - This event style involves creating an event at a specific time and place in which people will come together to bake. Instead of asking people to buy pre-made hamantaschen, you can ask people to pay a donation fee upon coming to your event. In exchange, they will get to make their own hamantaschen to eat or bring home (add their own ingredients and be creative with what they like). You can then donate the profit to Everytown for Gun Safety. This style might work well if your community already has a Purim event in which they are selling or giving hamantaschen away for free. This style might also work well for a youth group event.
  • How should people pay for their hamantaschen and/or mishloach manot baskets?
    • Again, this is up to you. We think Venmo or PayPal will be easiest, because you get a receipt of the transaction and it's easy to transfer. But do whatever is most comfortable for you. You are welcome to use our central Venmo (@BakeAction; see below), but we think it will be easier to have people pay you (to your personal Venmo)because you won't be able to have access to our account, and that way you can keep track of it more easily. If you have questions, email us at bakeaction@gmail.com.
  • I want to help, but I'm not near a bake (or I can't make it to a hamantaschen event). Is there a place I can donate to help you out? 
    • Yes! We have a Venmo, @BakeAction, and you are welcome to send us money to help us out. We also just launched our PayPal account: using this link, you can donate using a credit or debit card (paypal.me/bakeaction). We plan to use some of this money to help groups buy ingredients if necessary, but whatever is left over after the baking events will be donated to Everytown. After this is finished, we will post how much money was raised and donated. We are grateful for any support: baking, buying hamantaschen, donating to Bake Action. Thank you.