Charity

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Federation accepting Belle Latchman Community Service Award applications through Oct. 31

Pictured above: Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix CEO Marty Haberer with Sheryl Bronkesh, Janice Freibaum and Monique Mendel of the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors Association which received the 2017 Belle Latchman award for its Generations After program. The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix is now accepting applications for its 2018 Belle Latchman Community Service Award. This…

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Creating a place to heal

A suicide letter moved activist, midwife and poet Marva Zohar to found a nonprofit to create a healing place for women. “When the seventh friend committed suicide, she left a letter … (blaming) ‘those who did not create a place for me to heal,’” says Marva. “The next day I got the paperwork to start…

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A Jewish perspective on charitable giving

“Justice, justice shalt thou pursue.” ~Deuteronomy (16:20) While charitable giving conjures up thoughts of generosity and benevolence, in Judaism the concept is a commandment, an obligation. Helping the poor and needy is a duty in Judaism. Yet beyond fulfilling physical needs, as Jews we also strive to create a better, more just world for generations…

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What is an ethical will?

An ethical will is a document that is written to express someone’s deepest personal values in order to pass those along from one generation to the next. It is not legally binding. This practice, though it dates back to biblical and medieval times, resurfaced in the Jewish community around the 19th century and more recently…

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How to begin writing an ethical will

Making the decision to write an ethical will can feel fulfilling, even empowering. However, sitting down and writing one can be truly challenging. The wonderful thing is that there is no right or wrong way to write an ethical will, and yours can be as simple or complex as you wish. (See accompanying article “What is…

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Irwin Sheinbein: Riding on wheels of love

Irwin Sheinbein is no stranger to community service. His family has been involved with the Phoenix Hebrew Academy since its inception in 1964, and Irwin has held positions on various boards, Federation committees, and has both raised funds and participated in the Bike-a-Thon for Yeshiva High School. There is another bike ride that he has…

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Veterans Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a federal holiday beginning in 1938. In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, Armistice Day became legally…

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Charitable Giving Directory

Helping Hands for Freedom 777 E. Missouri Ave. #209, Phoenix 602-845-1390 • helpinghandsforfreedom.org Helping Hands for Freedom is a Phoenix based 501c3 supporting veteran and Gold Star families with emergency financial aid. Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix 12701 N. Scottsdale Road #202, Scottsdale 480-699-1717 • jcfphoenix.org Since 1972, the Jewish Community Foundation been helping people…

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