Category Archives: The Changing Face of Jewish Philanthropy

Being the Next Generation

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October 1, 2001

Sharna Goldseker In 1974, the Morris Goldseker Foundation of Mary-land was founded. The year before, my great- uncle, Morris, died and designated in his will that a foundation be established in his name. Without a wife or children of his own, my uncle, a Polish immigrant cum Baltimore row house owner, instructed my father, then More »

Philanthropic Responsibility and Obligation

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October 1, 2001

Jeremy Burton For three millennia, Jewish charitable giving has been both guided and defined by a series of basic principles and motivations. The philanthropist was guided by the biblical injunctions of tzedakah – the pursuit of justice or righteousness – and tikkun olam – the oft-cited mandate to repair the world. Jews were equally guided More »

The Challenge of the New Philanthropy

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October 1, 2001

Lisa Farber Miller As Jeremy Burton suggests, it is a new day for Jewish philanthropy. The dramatic change from communal giving to highly individualized philanthropy, and from centralized, federation-driven planning to donors setting their own agenda is a radical departure from the past. Some find this change confusing and in conflict with tzedakah. Others see More »

Judaism and Philanthropy

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October 1, 2001

Elliot N. Dorff Jeremy Burton raises some critical questions for contemporary Jewish philanthropists and Jew-ish organizations. The very existence of Jewish nnneducational and religious institutions and the viability of Jewish life depends on how people with money respond to his questions. When we look to Jewish sources to give us guidance, though, we are immediately More »