Originally posted on the blog of Ask Big Questions. Like many people in my generation, I first associated tzedakah, the Hebrew word loosely understood to mean “charity,” with the pushke—the little metal box given out in Hebrew school, rusting on my parents’ windowsill. I learned in the 1950s that Jews were supposed to collect pennies in …Read More
Ask Big Questions: Where Do You Give?
Originally posted on the blog of Where Do You Give? On February 3, 2012 the Yale School of Management held its 7th Annual Conference on Philanthropy: “Beyond Best Practices: Financing and Implementing Social Change.” The conference highlighted discussions that have been ricocheting around the philanthropy sector and there a few we just can’t get out …Read More
In celebration of AJWS’s “Where Do You Give” Design Competition, and in honor of the successful slew of “Sh** People Say” videos, we present: Sh** Jews Say About Philanthropy… brought to you by members of the AJWS staff: “Yes, dear, it has to be in multiples of 18.” “I shouldn’t talk about it on Shabbos, but…” “Is …Read More
Originally posted on Pursue: Action for a Just World and cross-posted on eJewishPhilanthropy. 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