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

Dec 09, 2011 by Melanie Goldberg  |  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 talk about money.” 

After going over the multiple aspects of the project – Got Gelt? a Chanukah lesson plan for teachers and families, a design competition centered on reimagining the tzedakah box, and an interactive website – the staff was encouraged to get involved! From tweeting about Where Do You Give? to creating a video or blog post for the website, to reaching out to communities and engaging them in a conversation about philanthropy, the staff was pumped to start reimagining tzedakah for the 21st century. 

Of course no successful meeting would be complete without a role-play, which was done beautifully by staff members playing an artist, an 11-year-old girl, and a Jewish grandmother.  Watching our in-house actresses taught us about how to start the conversation of where you give, to whom, and why, and gave us a barrel of laughs as well.  Personally, not only did I learn about how important it is to raise questions about our philanthropic values and identities, but I also learned how fun it can be!

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.

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