It’s coming on Hanukah and the end of the year and some folks out there haven’t yet had their net worth zeroed out by the Wall Street collapse. For those of you who do give at the end of the year for tax purposes or whatever other reason, I’m making my end of year tzedakah suggestions. These are some of the groups whose work I’ve most admired during the past year. This list is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive. There are lots of other great groups working for Mideast peace as well.
Even if you don’t have high net worth, as long as for you giving tzedakah is a Jewish (or human) imperative, I hope you’ll pony up a few shekels to one or more of these groups (and products):
Americans for Peace Now
Jewish Voice for Peace
Jewish Forward (subscribe)
Israel Coalition Against Home Demolitions
Jewish Student Press Service
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding
Jews on First
New Israel Fund
Give and give generously. We may be nearer than we have been in decades to a comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace. To get there, besides the vision of Israeli, Arab and U.S. politicians, we need the push of NGOs and non-profits willing to stick their necks out to promote change. Do what you can. They can’t do it without you.
And if I might shamelessly hold out my own hand too, please consider hitting that Paypal button to support my own efforts here at Tikun Olam. Today, the Jerusalem Post devoted an entire article to slamming my most recent Comment is Free about the Mumbai attack on Chabad House. I’ve arrived! They even quoted me accurately and extensively (along with my detractors of course). I “sparked a furor” (according to JPost) among the Jewish right. Imagine that. So if that’s a fight worth fighting I hope you’ll make your stand with me.