Giving


Ruth Messinger and Marilyn Sneiderman Are Odd Couple of Jewish Social Justice

By Sarah Seltzer

Ruth Messinger of AJWS and Marilyn Sneiderman of Avodah are friends, leaders — and roommates. Their apartment is a nexus of feminist Jewish social justice power.Read More


Millennial Giving Gets Jumpstart in Unexpected Way

By Miriam Berger

‘Cause for Change’ is an important book for anyone seeking to understand why millennial’s decentralized approach to giving matters.Read More


Neil Blumenthal Is Behind Each Pair of Distributed Warby Parker Glasses

By Margaret Eby

For every pair of glasses Warby Parker sells, it gives a pair to someone in need. The strategy is as clever as it is generous.Read More


Unpacking Why and How People Donate

By Amy Schiller

Uri Gneezy, a behavioral economist, uncovers why and how people donate in his new book, ‘The Why Axis.’Read More


Honest Tea’s Mission To Sell Less-Sugary Beverages Includes Philanthropy

By Curt Schleier

The creators of Honest Tea wanted to sell a natural, less sugary tea and do it in socially responsible way. Their commitment to altruism sometimes trumps the company’s sense of competition.Read More


Finding God in the Other

By Dan Friedman

GIVING 2012: How should panhandlers respond when we decline to give them money?Read More


Handouts Are a Bandage on Society’s Woes

By Laura Miller

GIVING: Why you shouldn’t give money to panhandlers, ever.Read More


Takes a Village To Help Downtrodden

By Stephanie Ruskay

GIVING 2012: What’s the best way to respond to panhandlers? For one rabbi doing nothing is not an option.Read More


The Gift of Giving

By Ziysah von Bieberstein

GIVING 2012: What’s the best way to respond to panhandlers? Just give.Read More


How Talia Leman Built Charity Empire

By Curt Schleier

Talia Leman was 10 years old when she began her fundraising career, bringing in millions for Hurricane Katrina victims. She founded RandomKid to enable others to do the same.Read More





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  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
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