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Jewish Philanthropic Engagement in Pew’s Shadow

October 6, 2013

By Rebecca Neuwirth, Director of Ambassadors, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Might Jewish philanthropy, in itself and when executed for maximum impact, be a positive way of reinforcing Jewish identity?

The Pew Research Center’s fascinating “Portrait of Jewish Americans” has spawned a thousand conversations touching on a broad range of issues from the impact of intermarriage to the centrality of comedy to Jewish identity. Yet for all the robust debates taking place at the moment it seems like one of the survey’s key finding has been overlooked: philanthropy. 

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