Category Archives: Tzedakah

For every idea, a non-profit?

Caryn Aviv
October 6, 2011

As a sociologist, I’ve always been interested in what kind of frames and metaphors people use to talk about and galvanize collective social action.   Innovation is a buzzword in the Jewish world, much the way the concept of ‘continuity’ exploded onto the Jewish communal agenda in the early 1990s. In a nutshell, here’s what I More »

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Charity and Shopping Bags by Todd Hasak-Lowy

Todd Hasak-Lowy
October 4, 2011

One of my most significant possessions is my credit card debt.  It’s not just mine, actually, it’s my wife’s, too.  And perhaps our kids’ as well. But nevertheless I do still make a donation on a regular basis.  A few times a week actually.  Here’s what happens: Setting: Whole Foods, check out line Cashier: Would More »

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For the Love of Humanity: Philanthropy & Privilege

Jake Goodman
October 3, 2011

Philanthropy literally means love of humanity.  To my understanding, philanthropists draw from personal resources to financially enable selected organizations, movements, initiatives, programs and people to engage in work that transforms some part of their (i.e., the philanthropists’) ethical ideal into tangible reality.  I imagine that philanthropists’ love of humanity must be tied to a commitment More »

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