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  • Modeling volunteerism in Israel as an observant Zionist

    By Orit Arfa

    3 days ago

    This year, Jay Shultz won’t be making a Thanksgiving dinner for the hundreds of American olim (immigrants) he has managed to unite in Tel Aviv through his Am Yisrael Foundation. He did serve one last year, when America’s holiday of gratitude coincided with Chanukah, as a way to...

  • Glorya Kaufman: The philanthropist who loves dance

    By Avishay Artsy

    3 days ago

    When Glorya Kaufman was a little girl, she had a dream.

    “When I was 7 or 8 years old, I wanted to have an orphanage. So I think it’s always been in me to give and to care,” she said. Then she laughed and added, “That was probably from Annie Rooney,” referring to the popular comic...

  • Cancer research is this teen’s cause

    by Cyndi Bemel

    3 days ago

    When she was 11 years old, Morgan Davidson made a promise to her dying grandmother, Barbara Klass, that she would help others who suffered from lymphoma, the cancer that eventually took her grandmother’s life. With her determination and vivacious personality — and a propensity to...

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  • Sharing tzedakah with the next generation

    by Leslee Komaiko

    3 days ago

    Like many doting grandparents, Peggy and Ed Robin have given their grandchildren small cash gifts over the years. Last year, they upped the ante and made a significant gift to each of the seven.

    This time, though, the money came with a caveat: It had to be given away.

    The...

  • Why Judaism needs journalism

    By David Suissa

    3 days ago

    There’s a tendency in the Jewish world to look for big solutions to big problems. One of those problems is the disheartening fact that most Jews today are simply not that interested in Judaism.

    This problem isn’t made up — it’s real. We live in a world where the options are so...

  • My year of street tzedakah

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    3 days ago

    When I lived in Berkeley in the late ’60s and early ’70s, walking along Telegraph Avenue could be expensive if you gave to every panhandler who asked for spare change. Not that much has changed in all these years. The number of people asking for handouts is at least as great as it...

  • A grieving father’s mission to encourage positive choices

    by Claudia Boyd-Barrett

    April 9, 2014 | 12:55 pm

    The words on the other end of the phone line punctured the warm, Montecito spring day and shattered Shaun Tomson’s world in an instant.

    “Mathew is dead,” came the voice of Tomson’s wife, Carla, who was 10,000 miles away in South Africa while their son attended school there for a...

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