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Philanthropy

Kathryn Wasserman Davis, 1907 - 2013

Having skied into her 80s, played tennis into her 90s, and kayaked, swum, painted, traveled and taken on all comers at croquet until this year, Kathryn Wasserman Davis remained a wonder and inspiration to those around her. Recently asked by one of her great-grandchildren to name her favorite day, she instantly replied, “Tomorrow.”

Barbra Streisand, 1962

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Actress, singer, film director/producer, and founder of the Streisand Foundation, Barbra Streisand in 1962.

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Actress, singer, film director/producer, and founder of the Streisand Foundation, Barbra Streisand in 1962.

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A True Leader

Jill Albert was radiant. She had an unmatched presence that could be felt by anyone touched by her warm embrace. She had a way of making all of the girls in my troop feel welcome, appreciated and unique. But her brilliance extended far beyond our small group of girl scouts: she baked cookies for her garbage men and always had a bowl full of Double Bubble in her car to give anyone who may have been having a bad day. Jill encapsulated the ultimate role model.

Hurricane Katrina: Community Responsibility and Tikkun Olam

The Kabbalah (Jewish mystical school of thought) teaches that God created the world by projecting a beam of light into the universe and then created vessels to hold the light. But the divine light was too strong for the vessels and they shattered into bits. These bits and holy sparks scattered into the world. Our job as humans is to redeem the holy sparks through prayer and action. In doing so, we act as partners with God in the work of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

Benevolent Societies and Tzedakah

How do you give tzedakah (charity)? Although Jewish women’s and men’s religious roles have differed for much of history, Jewish laws and teachings regarding a person’s responsibility to help those in need have always applied to both sexes. This Go & Learn guide explores different ways that American Jewish women historically—and we today—fulfill the obligation of tzedakah and gemilut chesed (acts of loving kindness).

Jill Albert

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Jill Albert.
Photograph courtesy of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.
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Jill Albert.

Photograph courtesy of the Jack & Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation.

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Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg, author and COO of Facebook.
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She Saved Him, Too

Susan Kushner Resnick was recovering from post-partum depression after the birth of her second child when she struck up an unlikely friendship with Aron Lieb, a widowed, childless, elderly Holo

Aron Lieb with Susan Kushner Resnick's Family

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Aron Lieb with Susan Kushner Resnick's Family. From left to right: Sue's daughter Carrie, Susan Resnick, “Vera”, Aron Lieb, and Sue's son Max.

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Aron Lieb with Susan Kushner Resnick's Family. From left to right: Sue's daughter Carrie, Susan Resnick, “Vera”, Aron Lieb, and Sue's son Max.

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