by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein This morning a man came down the crowded subway, collecting money for the homeless. I’ve seen him before; this is part of his regular beat. He usually ends his pitch by reminding the passengers that homelessness doesn’t only happen to “others.” A lost job, a house fire, a death in the family can be enough to tip the balance. He is pretty persuasive and more people give to him than to some of the other people asking for … [Read more...] about On Generosity and Giving
Where Do You Give?
In today’s world, the opportunity to engage in the work of social change is, literally, at our fingertips. But, does this newfound accessibility make us better donors? Adene Sacks and Dawne Bear Novicoff talk about our role as donors in an age of interconnectedness and independence: These days, it happens all the time. A 13-year old girl, preparing for her bat-mitzvah, sits down with her parents to talk about the mitzvah of giving tzedakah … [Read more...] about What Would Rambam Think About DonorsChoose.org?
[eJP note: AJWS recently launched Where Do You Give? - a conversation about where, why and to whom American Jews donate money. This is cross-posted from their blog.] by Erika Davis How do you make giving meaningful? Tzedakah, the Jewish commitment to righteous giving, is something that most people are familiar with. Tzedakah boxes are things of childhood memory for many Jews, except me. I tithed. Growing up with a Baptist mother, a … [Read more...] about Everyone is a Philanthropist
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) has launched a national design competition focused on philanthropy and social change. Where Do You Give? challenges artists to create a 21st century icon inspired by the values and imagery of the traditional Jewish tzedakah, or charity, box. The organization is encouraging designers to consider the tzedakah box in the context of an increasingly interconnected, global and technologically accelerated … [Read more...] about Artists to Reimagine Tzedakah Box for 21st Century