Charity

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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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We are here in times of crisis, helping those in need

A message from the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, Marty Haberer. We are here in times of crisis, helping those in need. Hurricane Harvey bombarded the Gulf Coast on Saturday, causing extensive damage to homes and communities. Record-breaking rains continue to fall in large areas of central Texas. Hundreds of thousands…

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A New Look for the New Year

Gesher Disability Resources (formerly Council For Jews With Special Needs) has a new logo featuring a modern look that incorporates the agency’s new name with an image of a bridge. It represents the next step of the agency’s efforts to expand the services and programs it offers for children and adults with special needs. “’Gesher’…

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