Charity

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Got mezuzah?

The mission statement of MyZuzah is simple, “MyZuzah believes in connecting and protecting all Jews by putting a mezuzah on the front door of every Jewish home. A touchpoint that unites all Jews, the mezuzah’s mystical power has connected and protected the Jewish people since the Exodus.” But how do you make sure that every…

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Major donors travel like VIPs

Pictured above: The Kanefsky family in front of the new American Embassy building in Jerusalem. From left, Lauren, Bari Steve, Larry (in front), Eva, Shari and Irwin Kanefsky. If you are a major donor to The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, you can benefit from the use of VIP Services when traveling to Israel and other…

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Israeli wine & philanthropy

Wine on the Vine Director Tatiana Hasson plants a grape vine at an Israeli vineyard. The grassroots program connects people all over the world with the flourishing world of Israeli wine. For $18 a grapevine is planted in a top Israeli winery of the donor’s choice. Wine on the Vine (wineonthevine.org) is the flagship program…

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The Tzedakah Sock

For many people, the Jewish National Fund’s “Blue Box” (or pushke) was an integral part of their childhood. Teaching children to give to charity and treat people who are less fortunate with compassion instills the Jewish concepts of tzedakah (charitable giving), tzedek (justice) and chesed (mercy or kindness). Research has shown that teaching children to…

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2018 Giving Guide

Arizona Helping Hands 480-889-0604 azhelpinghands.org Arizona Helping Hands is the state’s largest provider of basic needs to kids in foster care. We operate on less than 8% overhead, receive no governmental support, and rely on the Arizona Foster Care tax credit to support our important work Dror for the Wounded 646-710-3767 drorfoundation.org The Dror for…

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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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