Hanukkah Binge On Donuts, Donations

This article was first published in The Times of Israel.

In the name of non-profits, Elie Klein has been eating dozens of donuts since before the start of Hanukkah. (Courtesy of Yissachar Ruas)

In the name of non-profits, Elie Klein has been eating dozens of donuts since before the start of Hanukkah. (Courtesy of Yissachar Ruas)

You wouldn’t know it by looking at him, but the trim Elie Klein has eaten well over 100 sufganiyot (Hanukkah donuts) since the beginning of the Jewish month of Kislev. If all goes according to plan, he will have eaten a total of 125 of the oily, heavy treats by the end of the Festival of Lights.

As much as Klein, a 32-year-old Beit Shemesh resident and immigrant from New York, likes Hanukkah food, he’s not stuffing himself with fried dough only for gustatory enjoyment. He’s doing it for the money — not for himself, but for charity. For every donut Klein consumes, friends, family and complete strangers are committing to make a donation to a non-profit organization of their choice. It’s basically a one-man eat-a-thon.

Klein’s 2012 effort is his third and final fried-food fundraiser, which he‘s dubbed Dough for Donuts. “Everyone loves a trilogy,” the donut scarfer told The Times of Israel.

Although Klein loves the year-over-year challenge (he ate 70 in 2010, and 105 in 2011), he doesn’t think he can stomach it anymore.

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© 2012 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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