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Lisa Exler is a senior program officer in the education and community engagement department at AJWS. In her four years at AJWS, she has developed and managed a range of educational materials that promote the values of global citizenship in the American Jewish community. Prior to joining AJWS, she taught third and fourth grades at the Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan for three years. Lisa has a B.A. and an M.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University. Lisa can be reached at

Sneak Peak of the Where Do You Give? Tzedakah Curriculum!

Feb 10, 2012  |  Project Updates

On Tuesday evening at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn, I had the privilege of joining a group of seventh graders who are piloting the Where Do You Give? Tzedakah Curriculum. This was the second session of their tzedakah unit and it focused on the connections we have with people across... Read more


Tzedakah Saves from Death

Tzedakah saves from death. – Proverbs 10.2

I’ve never been very comfortable with this verse from Proverbs, quoted in the Talmud to support the idea that the act of giving tzedakah can prevent the death of the giver. It implies that tzedakah has some kind of magical power and that we... Read more


What are your tzedakah priorities?

Deciding where to give tzedakah can be very overwhelming.

There are so many organizations and causes that we believe are important and yet we have limited amounts of money to give. One way to deal with this challenge is to get really systematic about giving tzedakah and to articulate our... Read more


I’ll Tell You if You Tell Me: Talking about Giving

How much is too much to share online?

When my husband and I give away ten percent of our income every December, we attempt to distribute it among different populations and issues that we want to support.  Last December, we realized that, in the spirit of the tzedakah priorities articulated... Read more

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