volunteering

Watching Frankenstorm From Inside Moishe House

Frankenstorm Sandy brought us New Yorkers a new perception of this city, teaching us about a “New York City is a city that can actually sleep.” This new New York is a city that is under water. It suffered over 30 casualties, the evacuation of 400,000-plus people, the loss of water and electricity.

The city that sleeps? Oy. Wikimedia Commons

Some Schools Have Such Chutzpah

Labor Day is over, the school year has started and with it, so have the expectations from some schools that parents volunteer their time either in the building or after school hours.

I appreciate both my own good fortune in having children at all, and I recognize the merit of other parents who devote themselves to supporting their children’s schools.

But I want to at the same time call out the schools that still harbor this expectation of parents.

The word is chutzpahdik.

Schools should examine the assumptions behind their expectation that parents have time to volunteer.

Training Teens To Give

06/12/2012
Staff Writer

On Long Island, the b’nai mitzvah project has found an older sibling: philanthropy. Decades after community service became a standard part of the American bar and bat mitzvah experience, rabbis and educators are trying build on those earlier lessons in empathy by teaching Jewish teens how to make grants to nonprofits.

Teen philanthropists donated to the Joint Distribution Committee, which supports Jewish life in India. Richard Lord/JDC
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