"My parents have always ingrained in me 'Do unto others as you'd want done to you.' So ever since we were little we've had tzedakah boxes, and after one year, at Rosh Hashanah time, we'd count it all out and my brothers and I got to pick a place we wanted to send the tzedakah money to. So there's always been a big focus on charity, helping others, volunteering, and tzedakah."
"They [my parents] were involved in projects in the shul. My Dad was President of a shul in Arizona, and here [in Sharon, MA] he's been on the board numerous times. My mom is always doing different tzedakah projects at work [Bureau of Jewish Education]."
"If we see someone who is not as wealthy, they [my parents] have always been very vocal and talked to me about it. They cut out articles and read them to us about what needs to change in this country or that country or in America. And my grandparents, too, have always encouraged us to give charity and to volunteer. Now, my mother really wants me to go to Israel and volunteer ... in a domestic violence shelter over the summer. So it's always been a big part of my family-helping others, tzedakah—it's always been a very much talked about issue. It's definitely engraved in me to do that."
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