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Sunday, December 8


Giving Hope: How Your Tzedakah Can Restore the American Dream
Millions of Americans have dim prospects for getting ahead in life without help. This talk shows how your Tzedakah can offer them second chances, highlighting the work of local charities that enable individuals in tough circumstances to embark on a path toward success.

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Ira Silver

Ira Silver is Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University. He has spent his career investigating how Tzedakah can foster lasting change and is the author of Giving Hope: How You Can Restore the American Dream, from which this talk is adapted. He blogs at www.oppforall.com.

Sunday December 8, 2013 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Classroom 8


The Poor Jew in the Pew: Jewish Poverty in Boston and Our Communal Response
You have $1,000. It is winter and you need $750 for rent, $320 for oil, and $400 for food for your children. Something has to give--but what? This is a real choice for local Jews. Come hear how community organizations such as Yad Chessed and Jewish Big Brother and Big Sister are working together to help families with these choices and how you can help.


Sarah Abramson

Dr. Sarah Abramson, Executive Director of Yad Chessed, received her masters and PhD from the London School of Economics, studying the concept of Jewish authenticity in youth movements for disadvantaged Jewish teens. She is an expert on poverty within religious minority communities and brings her academic expertise to her work with Yad Chessed.

Harvey Lowell

Harvey Lowell is the 5th CEO in the 94 year history of Jewish Big Brother Big Sisters. He established numerous programs for at-risk youth and families locally and as a national consultant. He co-founded the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts. Amongst many successes, he has tripled the number of children at JBBBS and Friend 2 Friend, the program for adults with disabilities.

Sunday December 8, 2013 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Classroom 14