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Melanie Goldberg

Melanie Goldberg is a social work intern at AJWS. She is currently in her second year at Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she is pursuing an MSW degree focused on community organization and macro-level change.

What is Jewish Philanthropy?

Feb 23, 2012  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

I recently returned from a trip to Israel where, among other things, I discussed, debated, and reflected on what it means to be a Jew.  Having left the synagogue for good after my Bat Mitzvah 12 years ago, I was never sure if, why or how I was Jewish.  Did eating gefilte fish on Passover... Read more


On the 3rd Night of Chanukah: Interfaith Couples Find Common Ground

For the past six months, my boyfriend and I have started to talk about what our future together could be.  After four and a half years, we’re committed to the long haul and are planning on moving in together this summer.  We’ve processed all the details – he’ll start putting his... Read more


What’s the future of giving? Global Philanthropy

Dec 20, 2011  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

The Council on Foundations surveyed leading global grantmakers asking them to predict the global philanthropy trends for 2012.  The product was an optimistic list of trends indicating increased global connections and philanthropy, and increased attention to funding grassroots organizations... Read more


AJWS Staff Enjoy Snacks and Get Involved In Where Do You Give?

Dec 09, 2011  |  Project Updates

Earlier today, Where Do You Give? held its very first “snack bag” to bring information and excitement about the project to AJWS staff.  At 2 p. m., the 11th floor conference room was packed with enthusiastic employees.  As one staffer put it, “There is nothing I’d rather do than... Read more


You can’t wipe your hands clean: Finding your philanthropic obligation

Dec 05, 2011  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

In her article in the Jewish Daily Forward, Linda K. Wertheimer challenges readers to reevaluate the value of a “Mitzvah Day.”  She asserts that this annual day of volunteering negates the idea that doing mitzvot should be a way of life.  People volunteer once and believe they have... Read more

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