Giving


They Have Room to Spare for Those on Hospital Visits

By Linda Kriger

I first encountered Hosts for Hospitals last year when a volunteer for the group promoted the program at my synagogue, the Germantown Jewish Centre, in Philadelphia.Read More


A Self-Help Book for the Aspiring Philanthropist

By Jacob Berkman

‘The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan,” the new book penned by billionaire philanthropist Charles Bronfman, and the man who runs his foundation, Jeffrey Solomon, is something of a self-help book for the aspiring philanthropist.Read More


Philanthropic Young Jews Seek Same

By Laura Sinberg

Charity fundraisers in major cities across the country are quickly becoming an increasingly popular way for young Jewish singles — tired of the bar scene and JDate — to meet potential dates and help causes close to their hearts, all in one shot.Read More


Giving While Sick

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen

This past January, Rochelle Shoretz had just celebrated her son’s bar mitzvah in Israel and returned home, when she had a routine MRI, necessary after she’d been successfully treated for Stage 2 breast cancer seven years earlier.Read More


MacArthur ‘Genius’-Type Awards for California Teens

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Concerned about the impact of unnatural beauty products on women’s health and the environment 18-year-old Erin Schrode, left, founded the conscious makeup line, Teens Turning Green, now sold at Whole Foods. Her efforts won her a Diller Tikkun Olam Award for teen philanthropists.Read More


Not-for-Profits Brace for Trouble

By Anthony Weiss

Every morning for the past month, Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi has arisen at 5 to check the Asian markets. Every day, she scrutinizes the fluctuations in the financial world and reads up on the latest business news, trying to gauge which way stocks are heading and what the fallout will be.Read More


Moishe House: Building in Beijing

By Alison Klayman

My roommates and I built the only rooftop sukkah in Beijing, 16 floors above the traffic on Second Ring Road, overlooking Sinopec headquarters and the small Olympic park next door. It was a true Chinese sukkah — made in part with PVC pipes and metal wire from a local construction market — and we were nervous that our neighbors would assume we were building some kind of permanent structure and report us to the Public Security Bureau.Read More


Coming of Age in Cambodia

By Andrew Marantz

This past July, a few high school students and I sat around an unusable fireplace in an air-conditioned library at Yale. The teenagers wore flip-flops and short shorts and sunburns; they peppered their speech with “like,” as well as their newly acquired SAT vocabulary. At my behest, they were discussing the ethicist Peter Singer.Read More


A Good Education: Foundation Celebrates 18 Years

By Jeri Zeder

With 18 years and counting of support for innovative initiatives in Jewish education, the Covenant Foundation marked its chai anniversary last month with a three-day celebration in New York City. The festivities included a gala evening, dispersal of awards and — true to Covenant Foundation form — opportunities for serious discussion among some of North America’s most creative Jewish educators. Attending were 40 of the organization’s 54 surviving Covenant Award winners and more than a dozen emerging leaders in Jewish education.Read More


Let’s Talk About Sex

By Beth Schwartzapfel

Because she’s 17, Laura Alonge hears a lot of sex jokes. She and her friends have all seen “Knocked Up” and “Superbad” and the million other horny-stoner-kids films that have recently captured the hearts and minds of high schoolers across the country. It drives her crazy, though, that her peers don’t know truth from fiction. “They hear in a Seth Rogan movie, ‘the law of gravity, what goes up must come down,’ and they think you can’t get pregnant if you’re on top,” she said. Even at her public high school, in what she describes as her “very liberal, not very religious” town of Lynbrook, N.Y., on Long Island, “sex ed was too short and too late. The kids weren’t really walking away with what they needed.” So Alonge, in her quest to make sure she and her peers received scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, comprehensive sex education in their schools, teamed up with an unlikely partner: a faith-based organization.Read More





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