How do we maintain balance in our busy lives while nurturing the Jewish values of tzedakah and tikkun olam? This is just one of many questions discussed during a Philanthropy 101 get together.
Our first Philanthropy 101 program was held about six years ago. Since July 2013, Chair Michele Patrone has been organizing the events at the homes of young women in Scotch Plains, Westfield, Short Hills, and Livingston. Each program invites women to engage in Jewish learning and conversation. Our partners, Toba Grossbaum of the Friendship Circle in Livingston and Malky Blesofsky of the Friendship Circle in Fanwood, lead a challah baking activity while sharing insights into women’s mitzvot and the power of a community of women.
While the dough rises, participants talk about special Jewish memories, define philanthropy (it’s the love of humankind), and consider how they make decisions about where they donate their time and money. We also talk about Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ, our priorities and partners, and ways that women can learn more about Women’s Philanthropy. There is no solicitation — it’s strictly a social and educational gathering.
If you are interested in organizing a Philanthropy 101 program for you and your friends, please contact Robin Leitner at firstname.lastname@example.org
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