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Sarah joined AJWS in September of 2010, where she contributes to the creation of educational resources and manages, the online portal for Jewish texts and social justice. Prior to joining AJWS, Sarah taught at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and in the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies’ Social Justice Track. She studied at the Pardes Institute from 2008-2010 and at Yeshivat Hadar in the summer of 2008. Sarah holds a BA from Brandeis University in History and Political Science. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys cooking elaborate meals, studying Jewish text, hanging out with her fiancé and friends, and reading almost anything she can get her hands on.

Voices of the Poor: Jenny’s Story

Spare Change is an independent newspaper in Boston, which is mostly written and entirely distributed by homeless and formerly homeless individuals. The newspaper serves as an economic opportunity for people working their way out of homelessness, as vendors buy copies of the paper from the... Read more

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Another look at the Where Do You Give? Tzedakah Curriculum!

Recently I had the opportunity to see the third session of our Where Do You Give? Tzedakah Curriculum piloted in a 6th grade class at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The lesson was fantastic, mixing different activities and types of learning, including a physical look at... Read more


Top 10 Tips for Talking about Giving

Where Do You Give? is all about thinking more deeply about where and how and why we give tzedakah. 

For me, one of the most important ways I can engage my family and friends in this crucial conversation is to ask them to donate to causes and organizations I believe in. It’s a way to... Read more


Where To Write That Check

Oct 24, 2011  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

A couple of years ago, based on studying I was doing about the Jewish laws related to tzedakah and other motivations outlined here, I decided to give away ten percent of my income. I set up a second bank account, and redirected 10% of my pay check’s direct deposit to it. I was feeling... Read more


Why I Give Away My Hard Earned Money

Sep 22, 2011  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

I’m a couple of years out of college with the student loans to show for it, living in the rent-is-too-damn-high-Manhattan, and working at an entry level job at a non-profit. So it may not shock you to learn that I don’t have the disposable income of a Bill Gates. I’m not facing... Read more


Can We Give More Than 10%?

Sep 14, 2011  |  Everyone is a Philanthropist

The American Jewish community has been lauded in many circles for its generosity. Jews gave 12% of all charitable gifts over $1 million in America in 2001-2003, despite making up less than 2% of the population. And it’s not just the wealthy among us. Although there has not been a great... Read more

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