posted by Esther @ 11:02 AM
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A good article, but I don't know how true her claims are. If true than what the hell are Jewish people thinking?Charity Begins at Home..as true today as it was when first stated.I am not Jewish, but I do contribute to the Jewish Defense Fund, which is an ultra conservative Jewish organization.I wonder why Jewish people would contribute to organizations that would be happy if Israel was no longer a Jewish country.I appreciated your kind words Esther
Crusader,So good to see you.Arlene know what she's talking about.
Great to see you AC!!! And sadly, Felis and Arlene are right. It's pretty mind blowing, believe me.
Someone asked me a good orginization to donate to. I told them the Jewish Distribution Committee. They helped out the Jewish community in Thailand after the tsunami. One thing I don't understand thats come up in my congregation. We are the only Conservative congregation in the state of Mississippi. A Reform congregation has helped us out trmendously. But another says it cannot help us because we aren't Reform! When it was pointed out that our congregation is a mix of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox members, it didn;t make any difference.Why should help be based on what movement a congregation is?The one thing that used to hold Jews together was the assurance that no Jew wiould be in want. This has apparantly changed.One good thing, the Jewish college kids today seem to have gotten the message. 500 Hillel students are coming down to help us in Mississippi. They'll be helping others but they've helped us so much!
i'm totally making this up out of my head, no statistics to back this up... BUT... I think that, historically, Jews have had a hard time attributed to their insular or isolationist type of communities. They celebrate on different days than christians, go to different schools, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't start giving to non-Jewish charities just to show that they were contributing to non-Jewish society. You know, to combat that old stereotype and xenophobia.As for myself, I don't give to charity any more. I give to my local library, or fire station, or hospital, etc. Or I'll buy a subscription to a newspaper or magazine that looks like it needs help. These things support real people with real jobs, not necessarily a charity manager (like that awful United Way).(*)>
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