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Gift Guide 2018


Whether you’ve always grimaced at the commercialization of the holiday season or you’re keenly aware of your gifts, both literal and figurative, and want to share your good fortune, the holidays are a perfect opportunity to get and give.

It is Jewish tradition to believe that, little by little, the world can be improved and it is our obligation to optimistically and enthusiastically work towards that future.

This year, we’re highlighting a range of opportunities for you to give, from political and environmental causes, to spiritual and social support. Some of these organizations are explicitly Jewish while others are rooted in Jewish values, like loving the stranger.

Give What You Can

At The Well ( Website )

Connects women to body, soul, and community through wellness education and Jewish spirituality

Beit T'Shuvah ( Website )

A residential addiction treatment center that saves lives through a comprehensive program of Jewish spirituality, psychotherapy, and the 12-Steps in a caring, community setting [Where our interviewee, Iggy Gurin-Malous, works, and where our other interviewee, Shy Blakeney, got his professional start!]

Bend the Arc ( Website )

Uniting progressive Jewish voices across America to fight for justice for all

California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund ( Website )

Supports intermediate and long-term recovery efforts for major California wildfires, as well as preparedness efforts

Emma's Torch ( Website )

Empowers refugees through culinary training

Encounter ( Website )

A nonpartisan educational organization cultivating more informed and constructive Jewish leadership on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Everytown ( Website )

A movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities

Hands of Peace ( Website )

Empowers young Israelis, Palestinians, and Americans to raise their voices as leaders of change

Hazon ( Website )

Works to create a healthier and more sustainable Jewish community, and a healthier and more sustainable world for all

HIAS ( Website )

Stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom

Institute for Jewish Spirituality ( Website )

Believes that leaders who engage in Jewish spiritual practices that are grounded in mindfulness are better equipped to contribute to building Jewish communities that are vibrant, resilient, and wise; they are able to meaningfully address the brokenness of our world

Jewish Art Salon ( Website )

The largest international artists & scholars organization for contemporary Jewish visual art

Jews for Racial & Economic Justice ( Website )

Pursues racial and economic justice by advancing systemic changes that result in concrete improvements in people’s everyday lives

Keshet ( Website )

A national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life

Mazon ( Website )

A Jewish response to hunger

Planned Parenthood ( Website )

Founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits

Repair the World ( Website )

Makes meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life

Svara ( Website )

Teaches Talmud through a traditionally radical lens to develop compassionate, critical thinking, courageous humans who work to create a more just, peaceful & healthy world

Shoah Foundation ( Website )

Develop empathy, understanding and respect through testimony

Zioness ( Website )

A coalition of activists and allies who express their Zionist and progressive values through collective action

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