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October 30th, 2014

This article was first published by eJewish Philanthropy.

Turning upside-down the stereotypical image of religious givers whose primary philanthropic concern is their own faith group, a new report released by Jumpstart reveals that charitable givers with deep connections to faith traditions are less in-group-focused than donors with looser ties.

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October 23rd, 2014

This story comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, dedicated to creating opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni to continue to experience the best of their trip even after they have returned.

Leora Maccabee Itman is Founder of TCJewfolk.com and President of Jewfolk Media, Inc., its 501(c)(3) nonprofit. TC Jewfolk.com was recently awarded a Natan/NEXT Grant for Social Entrepreneurs.

When I moved back to my hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota in 2009 after college and law school, I wanted to connect with the Jewish community on my own terms.

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October 21st, 2014

We are excited to welcome Kate as our new Program Associate in the Atlanta, GA office! Learn more about Kate here.

1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.

As a BBYO, Hillel, Challah for Hunger and JDC Entwine alum, I have learned firsthand the broad scope of the Foundation’s network. I am so excited to be joining a team whose work has influenced my life and who’s truly important mission will continue to motivate me each and every day.

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October 19th, 2014

Lynn Schusterman is the Founder and Co-Chair of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This article first appeared on eJewish Philanthropy.

Over the past month, we have celebrated the start to the Jewish new year and the series of holidays that includes Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. This year, I find myself even more reflective than usual, following a summer of great pain and turmoil and in the face of ongoing global challenges.

What I have always loved about these holidays is that while they invite intensely personal moments of reflection and atonement, we are expected to celebrate them as a community. Together, we are reminded of the fragility of life. Together we are reminded of all for which we must be thankful. Together we are reminded of how we, as individuals and as a community, can resolve to do better.

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October 15th, 2014

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Jay Rosen is currently director of the International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University, and hopes to continue his own research in the field of Diaspora-Homeland relations (including outside of the classic Israel-Diaspora paradigm). Jay is an amateur mixologist (in drinks and in music) and can be found at any time (except when asleep and in the shuk) sporting some form of neckwear.

Jay’s idea to create a meaningful and innovative outlet for Olim to share their experiences and ideas for the future was chosen to receive a $5,000 #MakeItHappen micro grant! #MakeItHappen asked young Jews from around the world to submit ideas for what they would do to create a meaningful experience in their Jewish communities. With the support of several community partners, more than 150 ideas were selected to receive a $1k or $5k micro grant to help them go from dream to reality! 

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October 14th, 2014

This story comes to us from Challah for Hunger, a not-for profit organization with 70+ active chapters around the globe, mostly based on university campuses, that bakes and sells challah bread and uses the proceeds to support social justice causes.  

Challah for Hunger is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and is, among others, honoring Caryn Roth as a “challah baker and change maker” for her work founding the UCLA chapter and advising other chapters. The celebration will take place October 25-26, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. For more information and tickets visit: http://challah10.splashthat.com/

Caryn is a data scientist at Zipongo, a digital health company in San Francisco that makes it easy to eat well, even chocolate chip challah.

Bacon Challah? No, that’s not a typo.

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October 6th, 2014

This story comes to us from Keshet, which works for the full inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews in Jewish life. In honor of National Coming Out Day, Keshet will be sharing and celebrating more coming out stories throughout the month of October. Follow along here.

This article first appeared on Keshet’s blog on MyJewishLearning.

“For National Coming Out Day I’m coming out … as a Keshet blogger!”

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September 22nd, 2014

Adam Simon is the Director of Leadership Initiatives for the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. This article first appeared in JTA.

I recently attended a farewell party for someone switching jobs from one Jewish organization to another. Among many accolades, one person giving a toast said, “While we are sorry to lose him, at least he is still committed to working in the Jewish world.”

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September 22nd, 2014

This story comes to us from NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation, dedicated to creating opportunities for Birthright Israel alumni to continue to experience the best of their trip even after they have returned. This post is written by Rabbi Elie Kaunfer and Rabbi Ari Weiss. Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is the co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar. Rabbi Ari Weiss is the senior director of Jewish education for NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

This article was first published in eJewish Philanthropy.

For many, the High Holidays represent a fresh start. With all of our community’s services, celebrations, learning retreats and dinners happening over the next few weeks, this season is an ideal opportunity to involve young adults in meaningful Jewish experiences, and to lay the foundation for their year-round engagement in Jewish life.

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September 11th, 2014

This story comes to us from REALITY, a Schusterman initiative and a values-based leadership program that invests in young professionals, empowering them to enact positive social change in their communities.

Debra Feinberg is a 2014 REALITY Leadership participant and a recent alumna of Teach for America. Her two years in the Charlotte Corps were met with great success, most notably, creating an innovative financial literacy curriculum that culminated in leading a team of students to pitch a business proposal to the billionaire tycoon Warren Buffett. Presently, Debra is combining her passion for social justice and travel by participating in education initiatives around the world.

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