There are lots of charity boxes from different organisations put out on a table in the foyer of our synagogue on Purim.

The wardens have attached a note that says that boxes not taken away by the end of Shushan Purim will be emptied, the contents given to the shul and the boxes disposed of.

Is this (a) in the spirit of Judaism (b) within the laws of Judaism?

While I understand that anyone can make conditions to the entry and free use of space in a building, could it be that to appropriate charity funds intended for one receiver is prohibited (or at least slightly in the spirit of Sodom) even under such conditions?

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    Can't all the givers see the signs? They know what they're getting into. – Double AA Feb 24 '13 at 13:34
  • Hefker B"D Hefker. – Seth J Feb 25 '13 at 12:35
  • Building on @DoubleAA's question, I'd say that the synagogue's position is strongest if the note has been up since before the boxes were placed and if the note is prominent enough that anyone who has since placed or donated to one of these boxes could be reasonably expected to have seen it. – Isaac Moses Feb 25 '13 at 16:26
  • @IsaacMoses I agree mei'ikkar hadin. But don't you find it a bit reminiscent of Sodom? – Avrohom Yitzchok Feb 25 '13 at 20:22
  • @AvrohomYitzchok, I'm just trying to point out circumstances that may be relevant to the question. Is the intent of the question to ask or to advocate? – Isaac Moses Feb 25 '13 at 20:28

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