Hanukkah Giving

A couple of weeks ago we presented you with a Hanukkah gift guide. This week we’d like to take the time to talk about Hanukkah giving and donating to those who are less fortunate than us.

Below is a list of Jewish organizations and a few Non-Jewish organizations that we like donating to. With Hanukkah being so close to Thanksgiving this year, what better way to celebrate both holidays than by donating a few dollars to a charity of your choice.

The Anti-Defamation League– The ADL is an activist organization fighting hate and anti-semitism around the world.It is the number one best recognized organization of its kind in the Jewish world. The ADL has made a name for itself politically for its anti-hate and civil rights campaigns.

American Jewish Committee-The AJC is one of the oldest Jewish advocacy organizations worldwide. Established in 1906 to help protect Russian Jews from the pogroms, it has since spoken out on behalf of Jews in vulnerable communities around the world.

B’nai B’rith – B’nai B’rith International, the global voice of the Jewish community, is the most widely known Jewish humanitarian, human rights, and advocacy organization. Today BBI is a national and global leader in the fight against anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias; provides senior housing and advocacy on issues of vital concern to seniors and their families; helps communities in crisis; and promotes Jewish identity through cultural activities.

Feeding America– Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.

Hadassah– Hadassah has long been renowned as the central address for Jewish women’s philanthropy. Hadassah is probably best known for its support of medical organizations. If you’ve ever been to the Homeland, you know the important work they are doing here on behalf of the State of Israel.

Heifer– Heifer’s mission is to work with communities to end hunger and poverty and care for the earth. By giving families a hand-up, not just a hand-out, they empower them to turn lives of hunger and poverty into self-reliance and hope. With gifts of livestock and training, Heifer helps families improve their nutrition and generate income in sustainable ways.

Hillel-The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life provides opportunities for Jewish students at more than 500 colleges and universities to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity through its global network of regional centers, campus Foundations and Hillel student organizations. Hillel is working to provoke a renaissance of Jewish life.

Locks of Love– Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. They meet a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics.

March of Dimes– In local communities across the country, we’re helping moms take charge of their health, and supporting families when something goes wrong. The March of Dimes also acts globally: sharing best practices in perinatal health and helping improve birth outcomes where the needs are the most urgent.

Mazon– Founded in 1985, MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger is a national nonprofit organization that allocates donations from the Jewish community to prevent and alleviate hunger among people of all faiths and backgrounds.

United Jewish Communities– The UJC is the keystone for giving in the Jewish world. When people talk about “the federations,” what they are referring to is the UJC’s federated regional offices.

Peace, Love and Charity

– The Chosen

P.S.- We’ll be taking next week off to eat some turkey and watch a little football. The Chosen Group wishes you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving. Thanks again for reading!

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