What about giving to charity? I would like to connect my giving to my Judaism but the Jewish Federation seems to have as its priority the State of Israel and is ignoring agencies whose work represent my priorities. 



In the 70ís Ron was on the allocation committee of the local united way. While society was changing, the same organizations received the same amounts each year. The committee developed a needs survey for the community, prioritized the needs, asked the agencies to submit program based budgets and invited groups in the community to submit proposals to serve the prioritized needs. In the 90ís Ron was on the board of the local Jewish federation which promoted a well attended program for the community where input was requested about what those in the Jewish community wanted. Unfortunately, the effort failed since the leadership had no plans to take into account the desires of the community when making decisions about how the funds contributed should be allocated. 

Within our Havurah, some of our members formed  a Tzedakah Cooperative. Each month we made contributions and quarterly held meetings to decide on allocations.



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