Category Archives: Tzedakah

Helping Funders Make Good Decisions

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October 2, 2011

Amy Rabbino Helping funders make good decisions is not just a grant-making transaction. As an adviser to philanthropic families, I’ve come to learn that effective philanthropy has a double bottom line: donor satisfaction and impact for the greater good. Key to successful relationships with philanthropists is a significant investment in listening and engaging the donor More »

Creating a Tzedakah Standard

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October 2, 2011

Don Abramson Larry Moses aptly describes the biblical commandment to do justice, <>tzedek. His essay also examines the rabbinic interpretation that tzedakah be directed to those who cannot meet their basic human needs, within the context of a model of concentric circles of giving. In response to Moses’ suggestion, I will explore the model of More »

Discussion Guide - Tzedakah

October 2, 2011

1. What are our obligations to and how do we prioritize the needs of Jews and non-Jews in our tzedakah?
2. Should tax laws distinguish charitable organizations that address poverty and disaster relief from those that support cultural or educational programs?
3. Can giving time or service be counted as part of our tzedakah?
4. At a moment of financial vulnerability, how do we balance the need to fund basic services vs. funding innovative visionary projects?

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Micro-communities and Prayer

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October 2, 2011

Dan Medwin Can ten or more Jews pray together via the Internet? Is it halakhic? Is it “good” for the Jews? Interpretations of talmudic and halakhic sources have been presented to both support and refute this form of prayer.1 Rabbi Avram Reisner wrote a teshuvah that was approved by the Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish More »

NiSh’ma - Tzedakah

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October 2, 2011

Honor God with your wealth. (Proverbs 3:9) If you are good-looking, don’t be morally loose, lest people will say, “So-and-so is good-looking, and he exploits it by having inappropriate sex.” Instead, honor God with your wealth. Another interpretation: Honor God with your wealth, so you don’t come to honor God without any wealth. Yet another More »