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Hard Choices

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Hard Choices

Allocating Tzedakah in Difficult Times

Sunday, June 27, 2010 7:45 pm

Spertus invited participants to join Rabbi Jill Jacobs for two special programs, one at Spertus and one in Highland Park.
A booksigning followed each program.

This program was held at:
North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
1175 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

With the collapse of the global economy, many of us find ourselves with less money—because we are out of work, have experienced salary cuts, or have lost savings. At the same time, more people than ever need our personal and communal tzedakah. Rabbi Jill Jacobs shared approaches for making tzedakah choices, both through the lens of Jewish text and through a review of some practical decision-making strategies.

Rabbi Jill Jacobs, author of There Shall be No Needy: Pursuing Social Justice through Jewish Law and Tradition, is the Rabbi-in-Residence of Jewish Funds for Justice. A leading expert on Judaism and social justice, she writes and speaks on issues such as poverty, labor relations, housing issues, criminal justice, and environmental sustainability. Rabbi Jacobs was named to the Forward’s annual list of 50 most influential American Jews in 2006 and 2008, Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 in 2008, and Newsweek’s list of the 50 most influential rabbis in 2009. She spent 2009 in Israel as a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute.