Daily Archives: October 23, 2015


Mourning Moti Kirshenbaum

One day after his 76th birthday, the dean of Israeli satire, Moti Kirshenbaum, died suddenly of a heart attack. This column is dedicated to him – not only for his groundbreaking role in introducing political satire into Israeli society and creating Israeli television, but for his long, exceptional and diverse career that became, as one…


Life without Thanksgiving

Everyone knows why Thanksgiving is so dear to American Jews: Here is a holiday that all of America’s Jews can fully and actively enjoy. Spiritually, of course, giving thanks is praiseworthy in Judaism (“hakarat hatov,” acknowledging the good, is the traditional Jewish term for this), and the ecumenical element of the holiday provides Jews with…


Life & Legacy: changing the culture of giving

A dozen Phoenix-area Jewish organizations are well on the way to ensuring a stable financial future for themselves and the Valley Jewish community in general thanks to a partnership between a local and a national foundation. In February the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s Life & Legacy…


Joshua Simon gets Back as much as he Gives

Ask Joshua Simon why it’s important to give, and he will say, “Because I can make a difference.” As president of SimonCRE, Joshua is not your typical 30-year-old. He founded the company in 2010 at the tender age of 25 and started from nothing without any help. “We’ve grown in five years,” Joshua says of…


Growing Youth Philanthropy Board to award $20,000 in grants

The Jewish Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Board began the year with an incredibly strong start.  Based on the tremendous demand, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix created two board cohort groups: seniors and freshman; juniors and sophomores. The pairings will allow the returning youth leaders to provide significant leadership and the smaller group allows…

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