About “Where Do You Give?”
Where Do You Give? is an exciting new project of American Jewish World Service that invites communities to engage in critical thought around questions of where we give, to whom and why.
For many Jews, tzedakah (traditionally equated with “charity,” but more accurately defined as “justice”) is no longer bound by geographic—or even religious—parameters. We give globally as much as locally, and the technology of giving has certainly gone beyond doling out coins. That is why we challenge all of you to join us in reimagining what giving tzedakah means for us today.
Where Do You Give? has several key components including:
• Our blog, where we invite you to submit blog posts about your tzedakah practice and/or memories/associations with giving tzedakah.
• Got Gelt? A Conversation about Giving in this Season of Receiving, an interactive, educational experience on Chanukah designed for middle school students and their families, which will inspire exploration of tzedakah giving priorities and encourage dedicating one night of the holiday to giving tzedakah (available November 15).
• A national design competition (launching January 2012) that challenges artists, designers and conceptual thinkers to reconceptualize the tzedakah box for the 21st century.
• A “student track” for middle school and high school students to participate in their own design competition in their classrooms.
Our hope is that Where Do You Give? will inspire a national conversation among all of us who seek to engage more deeply with our communities—be they geographic, ethnic, national or other—about where we give, to whom and why.
The conversation starts here, at WhereDoYouGive.org. We hope that it will continue in our communities for generations to come.
And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @WhereDoYouGive!
American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world regardless of race, religion or nationality. Through grants to grassroots organizations, volunteer service, advocacy and education, AJWS fosters civil society, sustainable development and human rights for all people, while promoting the values and responsibilities of global citizenship within the Jewish community.