Back in August, UJC/Federations of North America launched the Jewish Community Heroes Awards. The initiative - the largest-ever Jewish social-networking effort - was designed to recognize, and honor, individuals who are bettering their communities through service and outreach. The awards were designed so nominations could be made by anyone with Internet access. And when the process closed, over 400 were nominated and 500,000 votes were … [Read more...] about What Makes a Community Hero?
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by Talia Cottrell Furleiter Maimonides, writing in 12th-century Egypt, could not have imagined the extension of loans beyond the limits of one’s own community and immediate surroundings. Even 25 years ago, if a Jew living in New York wanted to personally help the people living in the poorest reaches of the globe through loans, partnerships, or helping them find jobs, it would have required intense personal and financial commitment and … [Read more...] about Every Little Bit Counts: Microfinancing in the Jewish Tradition