Charity

Memories of Birthday Past Inspire Giving to Others

How one Barbie led to a lifetime commitment to birthday celebrations.

Philanthropist Charles Feeney, Maimonides and Anonymous Giving

I recently read an article in the New York Times about Charles F. Feeney, whom the headline calls the “James Bond ...

Hanukkah Gift Giving Guide for the Undecided Giver

It’s that time of year again. In the weeks before Hanukkah, my extra mental energy always goes to gifts. I ...

Giving Gelt: Starting A Family Giving Circle (Part 2)

Around Hanukkah this past year, my family decided to start our own giving circle. Sitting around the kitchen table, armed with ...

Forget Me Not

One of the more troubling aspects of Tzedakah (charitable giving) is its tendency to be coercive. I often hear people ...

A Generation of Profits

Dear Max Chan Zuckerberg, Welcome to this world! Now that you are old enough to read this letter, your father ...

Do Your Tzedakah Priorities Reflect Your Values?

People want our tzedakah dollars. We are all deluged by solicitations, whether through phone calls, online requests, mailed letters, or ...

Meeting the Shoe Lady of Denver

Meeting Ranya Kelly for the first time you would never guess that this quiet petite woman once brought a major ...

Shavuot & Giving: Taking the Time to Get It Right

The holiday of Shavuot demonstrates a method of gift giving that we may want to deploy when thinking about advancing ...

The day I went to the Boston Marathon: from Inspiration to Anger

Yesterday, Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu posted a thoughtful and heartfelt prayer by our colleague, Rabbi Aaron Weininger in response to the ...