This summer, Vivint, one of the largest home automation companies in North America, is giving away more than one million dollars to charities through its GiveBack Project.
We LOVE Vivint for it’s innovative approach to charitable giving.
We also LOVE AMIT. With 85 schools in 24 cities throughout Israel, AMIT sets the standard for quality education in Israel.
Now, you can help AMIT receive a grant of up to $250,000 from Vivint. Here’s how:
You can start voting today and continue voting once a day until August 27th.
Vote for AMIT early and often.
We love Israel 21c, with its mission to show that there is more to Israel than is shown in the media.
We love the Amazon’s Kindle which allows us to carry 3,500 books on long flights and endless airport delays.
Now Israel 21c reveals that much of the Kindle software was developed in Israel.
You can read the full story here.
Startup Nation. (You can download a copy to your Kindle and read it on the beach in Eilat).
From the JNF.org:
Who: 2010 Presenters
In all fairness I actually know a fair amount of Jewish mechanics, but this is still funny and I can relate.
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For many, it’s simply the beginning of summer.
But for the members of the Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America Memorial Day is a time to remember and commemorate the military service, and sacrifice, of ten of thousands of Jewish Americans.
JWV, with over 154,000 members, is one of the largest and oldest (at 115 years) of the major American Jewish organizations.
Negev Direct is proud to work with the Jewish War Veterans.
You don’t have to be a veteran to support the organization. Just click here.
Happy Memorial Day. And thanks to the Jewish War Veterans who served with pride in the American military since its inception.
One of the Jewish non-profits we work with in direct mail fundraising just built a fantastic new building on the campus of University of Madison, Wisconsin.
This is a short video that highlights the design features of the new building while talking about its functionality as well.
I just wish my University had such an amazing Hillel back in the days when I was in college!
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Source: JPost.com 5.6.10
“The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, the country’s only higher education institution offering a full English curriculum for undergraduate studies, is also home to five African refugee students. Their fellow students have now come together to organize a sports event to help fund the refugees’ tuition.”by: Mark Rebacz
“The five, who come from Eritrea, Somalia and other parts of Africa, arrived in Israel fleeing armed conflict, civil war and persecution, and without any knowledge of Hebrew. Seeking higher education and with a working knowledge of English, they opted to study at IDC; but without financial means, this is a near-impossibility.”
“Though the IDC offers the refugee students a 50-percent discount on tuition, the remaining fee of $4,500 is still too much for most to bear; added to that is the penalty of losing the discount if tuition is not paid within the year.”
“According to the ARDC, there are currently an estimated 20,000 refugees and asylum-seekers in Israel who have fled armed conflict, civil war and fear of persecution in countries such as Eritrea, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Ivory Coast.”
“The Hebrew Free Burial Association (HFBA) devotes its resources to performing chesed shel emet (the ultimate act of lovingkindness- for the deceased who are unable to repay the kindness). It is the only agency in the greater New York metropolitan area dedicated to assuring that every Jew, regardless of financial means or religious affiliation, receives a dignified, traditional Jewish funeral and burial.”
“Since its inception in the 1880’s, the Hebrew Free Burial Association has buried over 60,000 indigent Jews. They have ranged in age from newborn to the elderly, and they may meet their ends in a hospital, nursing home, lonely apartment or even on the street.”
I’ve had a standing offer open for the past 15 years.
If anyone can cogently explain the difference between the American Jewish Committee and the American Jewish Congress I will donate $100 to any charity of their choice. Excluding these two organizations, of course.
The reward remains unclaimed, and as of today the offer is officially withdrawn.
Rumor has it that the AJC and the AJC are on the verge of a merger.
Read the full story in the Jerusalem Post.
My suggested name for the new combined organization: the American Jewish Consolidation.
One of the best sources, if not the best, is RubinReports by Professor Barry Rubin.
He has the additional merit of not being related to me.
His writing and analysis of complex issues make reading him a delight, and I highly recommend that you click on a link above and subscribe to his blog if you want/need to make sense of what is happening in the Middle East.
Oh, and he just published anew book about Lebanon.
Barry, Five Stars plus Two Thumbs Up for common sense and good writing brought to a complex and difficult situation.
April 12th, 2010
“After receiving applications from over 130 entrepreneurs across the country, and meeting with 18 impressive Finalists, we are proud to announce the new cohort for the 2010-2012 Dual Investment Program. Our eight Fellows are engaged in groundbreaking work in social and environmental justice, community building, spirituality, education and the arts — leading a vibrant regeneration of our cultural and religious heritage.”
The new Fellows are:
·Zelig Golden, Wilderness Torah
·Alison Laichter, Jewish Meditation Center
·Sarah Lefton, G-dcast
·Rachel Nussbaum, Kavana Cooperative
·Nati Passow, Jewish Farm School
·Zhenya Plechkina, Children’s Art Initiative
·Ari Weiss, Uri L’Tzedek
·Eli Winkelman, Challah for Hunger
“Each Fellow will receive “over $100,000 in funding and support – including training, exposure and access to networks in the Jewish world – which will equip them to realize their visions and transform the Jewish landscape.”
“For whoever listens to a witness becomes a witness”
Excerpt from a speech given by Elie Wiesel at Yad Vashem
I would like to make Yad Vashem our featured cause today in memory of the 6 million who died during the holocaust.
Please take some time to explore Yad Vashem’s very resourceful website: http://www.yadvashem.org/
Yad Vahem Links of Interest:
There are several charity rating agencies on the web, the best-known and largest being Charity Navigator.
|Executive Director’s Salary: $205,232|
OneFamily Fund: 1 Star
Executive Director’s Salary: $148,077
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger: 2 Stars
President’s Salary: $147,799
American Jewish Committee: 3 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $463,939
AFMDA: American Friends of Magen David Adom: 3 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $279,155
Milwaukee Jewish Federation: 4 Stars
Executive VP’s Salary: $224,767
Anti-Defamation League: 4 Stars
National Director’s Salary: $282,252
Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $334,628
Jewish National Fund: 4 Stars
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $392,819
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: (4 star)
Chief Executive Officer’s Salary: $431,654
Chai Lifeline: 4 Stars
Executive Director’s Salary: $160,295
Thanks to the publisher, Alter Communications, Inc. for choosing NDM.
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Have you ever thought that as much as you try, you can’t even begin to scratch the surface when it comes to making the world a better place? I’m sure many people feel the same way. I feel that way sometimes.
Jessica Silverman however knows otherwise!
This is an inspirational story of giving from the heart, one person at a time, little by little or “liat, liat” as we like to say here in Israel.
Jessica Silverman and her family saw a need: Israeli soldiers going without a proper Shabbat meal. But that’s not the real story here.
The real story is not that Jessica and her family identified a problem that they deemed as being important.The real story is that they then did something that most people wouldn’t dare… They took it to the next level. They began to cook meals for Israeli soldiers in their own kitchen and then deliver them to soldiers at their own expense!
“There was no way she could know it at the time, but my (Jessica’s) grandmother had started a project that would ultimately change the world, person by person.”
How did she raise funds when demand was greater than the supply?
” (Jessica) wrote an email to her entire address book about her new endeavor. Within days, she was receiving checks from all over the world from people she didn’t know, telling her to use the funds to send additional packages. How had this happened? Unbeknownst to her, the recipients of her email had forwarded it to their friends and family and soon thousands of people were aware of and supporting my grandmother’s efforts.”
What an inspiration to anyone who thinks they are too small or too little or too whatever to make a difference!
One family tackling one issue and having success and more importantly making a difference in the lives of those that they care about.
Does giving get any better than that?!I think not.
– Inspiration for this post from a guest blog post in todaysJPost.com by Jessica Silverman titled:
“It is important to look at philanthropy as an investment like any other. When times are tough, people are more selective about where they invest and want a better return on their investment.”