In honor of Jewish American Heritage Month (which is May, for the record), President and First Lady Obama are hosting a reception at the White House tonight.

While the President’s office won’t disclose the full list of attendees, the evening will be packed with innovative Jewish leaders, including Rabbi Sharon Brous who heads up LA’s social justice-oriented spiritual community, IKAR, and Jewish Women’s Archives’ Executive Director, Gail Reimer. (And the amazingly talented Regina Spektor is slated to perform – but I digress.) To celebrate the month and this historic event, here are some inspiring bits from the Jewish service blogosphere. Enjoy!


  • (NY Jewish Week) After several years of planning, the Magen Tzedek (the ethical Jewish food certification pioneered by Rabbi Morris Allen) is nearly ready to hit the shelves.
  • (Dowser) Graduating from college, know someone who is, or just want an extra shot of hope? Check out these 5 inspiring graduation speeches from the last few years – featuring Muhammed Yunus, Bill Gates, Ellen Degeneres and Paul Hawken.
  • (BJPA) The Berman Jewish Policy Archive just hit a milestone: their 5,000th policy document is now online accessible to the public. Check them out here. With categories like social justice, women, youth engagement, social services, immigration and global responsibility, there’s plenty of fascinating service-relevant information out there, just waiting to be explored!
  • (Social Citizens) Check out this fascinating article on balancing idealism and pragmatism within a life of service.


  • (Tom’s of Maine) The environmentally-friendly company known for their natural toothpastes and other beauty products is giving away $100,000 to 5 non-profit organizations. Know a deserving org? Nominate them before July 2 here.