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Marjorie Gottlieb Wolfe
Syosset, New York

Note:  The Yiddish word for “generous” is “breythartsik.”
“Generosity” is “vatrones.”
“Charity” is “tsdoke.”
“Very wealthy” (slang) is “Ongeshtopt”; ongeshtopt met gelt”

This Yom Kippur, my synagogue, the Midway Jewish Center, left a Kol Nidrei pledge card on my seat.  Members were asked to pledge from $54 to $5,000 or to increase their 2015 pledge by 10%, 20% or 30%.

Rabbi Barry H. Block gave a sermon on 2/27/98 titled,
“Giving Money or Giving Time:  The Greatest Jewish Value.”  He said, “Judaism does not establish a fixed hierarchy that places giving time over giving money, or that values financial contributions over volunteerism.  Both are necessary in order to maintain a viable community, to care for the needy, and to respond to calamity…Both time and money are required of a Jew who would fulfill the commands of our God.”

Jews in their 20s and 30s said they are less likely to give to Jewish organizations than are their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.  Shawn Landres wrote, “Getting married and having children will lead to levels of increased giving to organizations.”

What do we know about the philanthropic practices of celebrities?

In June 2010, the Giving Pledge campaign was formally announced and Bill Gates and Warren Buffett began recruiting members.  The Giving Pledge is a campaign to encourage the wealthy people of the world to contribute their wealth to philanthropic causes.  The pledge is a moral commitment to give, NOT A LEGAL CONTRACT.

By June 2016, 154 individuals and/or couples are listed as pledges.

Included on the list is Michel Bloomberg, Larry Ellison, Ronald Perelman, David Rockefeller, Edgar M. Bronfman, Sr., Carl Icahn, and others.

A study shows that one out of four Birthright participants ends up marrying another Birthright participant.
(Source:  Leonard Saxe of Brandeis University)

MARJORIE WOLFE shares quotes by Anne Frank and
Sam Levenson:

Anne Frank (Diary of Anne Frank; the play):
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Sam Levenson (“In One Era & Out the Other”)
“Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.”  “As you grow older, you will
discover that you have two hands:  one for helping yourself; the other for helping others.”


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