Giving Thanks for #GivingTuesday

By Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Thanksgiving used to be a day unto itself; now we have a whole Thanksgiving season! Americans’ shopping habits brought us catchily-named, add-on “holidays” like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. In the last couple of years, we’ve thankfully (no pun intended) added a new day to the mix: #GivingTuesday.

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Is the Choice Really One of Judaism or Democracy?

An old issue – how does Israel define itself – has now been resurrected and has come to the fore in the Knesset. Is Israel a Jewish state? Is it a democratic state? Is it a pluralistic state that represents the plurality of its citizens and, if so, should it make any pronouncements as to its ethnic, cultural, or religious identity? How is Judaism defined in the state? What role does Turkish law, HaMaharah, play in the modern Israeli society?

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Kevah Receives Major Grant to Fund Educators and Young Adult Learning Groups

Kevah - an organization empowering individuals and organizations to build Jewish learning communities - has received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, which focuses on creating effective and compelling Jewish learning … [Continue reading]

Natan Announces New Grant Committee Focused on the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community

The Natan Fund, a giving circle of young philanthropists in New York funding Jewish and Israeli social innovation around the world, has announced the creation of a groundbreaking new grant committee devoted to supporting innovative initiatives to … [Continue reading]