Giving Compass’ Take:
• David Thalberg shares how his community comes together socially around the Solomon Society’s philanthropic mission.
• Could social activities bring your community around issues that you care about?
• Read more about Jewish philanthropy.
This community comes together to support each other, and those in need, like none I’ve ever experienced. Luckily, soon after we moved to Orange County, I was introduced by a new friend to “Solomon Society” — the men’s philanthropic group of the Jewish Federation & Family Services(JFFS) of Orange County.
Through their philanthropic efforts, Solomon Society brothers provide:
- Emergency resources for the unemployed and families in crisis
- Assistance for senior adults and Holocaust survivors
- Leadership development for students and young adults
- Jewish educational opportunities
- Support for Jews in Israel and around the world, and
- Operating support for the Bureau of Jewish Education, Hillel, the Merage JCC, Hebrew Academy and Tarbut V’Torah
After we spend a few hours packing fruit or canned goods for those in need at Second Harvest Food Bank, we all go out for dinner and continue the conversation. We invite new friends and colleagues to a “Guys Night Out” at a local steakhouse, but before we eat, we take the time to make personal introductions of each person attending that night — to make everyone feel welcome and to make new connections. We attend Hanukkah parties at Senior Centers and visit Mandel House and Horwitz Family House,homes for adults with intellectual disabilities and behavioral health challenges requiring specialized support.
I also discovered another very important lesson through this community in Orange County: Tikkun Olam, which roughly translates as “repairing the world.” This is truly what Solomon Society (and many other charitable foundations) aims to do: Heal The World, starting in our own backyard.
We do this one small bit at a time, but these small bits add up, and we hope and pray that our mission succeeds, and inspires others to do the same.
Read the full article about coming together for Jewish philanthropy by David Thalberg at Medium.
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