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Songleaders dressed in white playing guitar and singing on an outdoor stage at URJ Camp Newman looking out over Shabbat services attended by campers

Recent California wildfires devastated Camp Newman’s physical space. I feel that it is my duty – and my honor – to give back to the camp that has given me the world. 

Rachel Wolman
Photo of Temple Beth Shalom the brick synagogue in Puerto Rico damaged internally by Hurricane Maria and its floods

The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire, with basic living conditions and communications extremely challenged. The challenges and needs its residents face are many.

Kate Bigam
Flooded street with the painted yellow lines visible beneath flood waters

Recovery for a storm of this magnitude will take months, if not years. We are working hard to provide resources to affected families, and we encourage you to do the same.

Marissa Solomon
Smiling bar mitzvah boy wearing a suit and kippah and wrapping himself in a prayer shawl from the bimah

We spent two hours doing a mitzvah project together before our synagogue social hall was transformed from an assembly line into a festive New Year’s Eve party. 

Cantor Rachel and Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
Hands painted to look like a map of the world

Charitable giving is at an all-time high. Want to get involved? Here are eight great ways to make a difference.

Alexa Broida
pair of hands holding wooden block that says give

This #GivingTuesday, give back in one or more ways that are meaningful to you.

Kate Bigam

At age 62, Fred Zaidman spends his days helping others. Among them is my mother, a Holocaust survivor, who has described him as a lamed vavnik – one of the 36 tzaddikim (righteous individuals) in every generation whose merit, according to Jewish legend, has kept God from destroying our wicked world. After hearing Fred's story, I think my mother might be right.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

I never though that I, a normal 13-year-old boy, would be able to make a difference in the greater community.

Ian Meyer
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