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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 open conversation, share the organizations I love, and a way to support important work more than I would be able to on my own.

The only downside? I find the idea of asking my loved ones for money terrifying.  In an attempt to overcome this fear, I went to the experts – the development department at American Jewish World Service. They shared their top ten tips for fearlessly, and successfully, asking folks to give. Watch and learn!


Sarah joined AJWS in September of 2010, where she contributes to the creation of educational resources and manages On1Foot.org, 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.

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