Outside it felt like the Arctic tundra, but on January 23, inside Tribeca’s Capitale, it was hot, hot, hot and festive as some 700 young 20’-30’ish Jewish philanthropists sipped Generositinis — the evening’s signature drink.
They mobbed the sushi bar, and made repeat trips to the decadent “I’ll –start-my- diet-tomorrow”candy table groaning under the weight of mounds of Kit-Kats, Snickers and other cavity-causing goodies.
The evening’s lure was the Instagram. Signs throughout the cavernous space proclaimed: “Capture your generosity!” Any guest who included @ujafeny and #Generosity/2014 on their Instagram photo, had a chance to see him/herself on a big screen and have the photo printed as a keepsake. To augment the party mood, UJA-Federation supplied sunglasses and other fun props.
Defining the evening as “magical,” Generosity Leadership Board vice chair Jackie Brogadir described the evening as “a great first encounter for many to meet UJA/Federation.” Generosity Leadership Board chair Lee Brodsky, added, “It’s so important to relate to the generation [we’re] trying to target… and UJA does a great job in being relevant.” He explained “events like this are a great entry point to the community. Event chair Benjamin Okin concurred: “Nights like this show what one person can accomplish.”
The Text-to-Pledge — the evening’s dramatic raison d’etre — enabled attendees to text message their gifts and broadcast the results in real time on multiple screens within Capitale’s echoing setting.
It was inspiring to be in the midst of a chatting and texting, sipping and texting, noshing and texting group of future philanthropists involved in helping to create meaningful and lasting changes in the lives of those most in need.
An American immigrant to Israel received today one of the country’s great honors, the Knesset Speaker’s Prize for Quality of Life.
In 1990, three decades after immigrating to Israel, Hebrew University academic Eliezer Jaffe set about taking the old shtetl idea of a free loan society and building it on a national scale in Israel.
Jaffe, co-chairman of the Hebrew University Centre for the Study of Philanthropy and author of “Giving Wisely: The Israel Guide to Non-profit and Volunteer Organizations,” set up the Israel Free Loan Association, a body that grants interest-free loans to low-income individuals and businesses.
Remember that little cardboard or plastic (and if you are even older, metal) tzedakah box that you used to drop coins into at home or at Hebrew school? Well, so does the American Jewish World Service, which is using it as the inspiration for a new design competition to be launched in January.
“Where Do You Give? Reimagining Tzedakah for the 21st Century” is both an icon design contest and an educational program. It involves a blog about tzedakah practice, an interactive educational experience for middle school students and their parents, and two national design competitions — one for adults 18 years old and up, and one for middle school and high school students.
It’s not quite worthy of a Sherlock Holmes story, but the mystery continues: Who censored Steven Spielberg’s name at a movie theater in Lebanon?
In a piece picked up by The Washington Post, the country’s Blog Baladi reported yesterday that the director’s name had been covered up on a poster for his next movie, the kid-friendly “Adventures of Tintin.”
For our upcoming special section on philanthropy, the Forward will profile American Jews aged 21 and under who are making a difference, locally or globally, with cool new approaches to helping others. We are looking for young people who are having a direct impact on their community in the novel way they are confronting poverty, violence, injustice, discrimination and ignorance. Post your nominations here, or email TopTen@forward.com, and be sure to include your contact information. Then watch for the final list in the November 11 issue of the Forward, and be inspired.
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