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Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! With autumn around the corner, these last summer weekends begin to feel more precious – so hopefully you had the opportunity to make the most of it. As always, to jump start your week, here’s a weekly round up of inspirational service links from around the web.


  • Pursue
    published a touching poem by Avital Aboody called “A Farewell Poem: Concluding a Year of Service.”
  • The Huffington Post published a piece by Sara Vogel about how one-on-one tutoring has the potential to make a big difference in Mexico’s schools.
  • The Forward’s website features a video that gives and in-depth look at Crown Heights, Brooklyn – 20 years after the riots that threatened to split the neighborhood apart.
  • JSpot published an evaluation of the new movie The Help and its implications for today’s domestic workers community.
  • GOOD shared some promising news: solar power is getting cheaper all the time, making it a more viable energy source.

Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday and day after Mother’s Day! However you spent your time yesterday – hanging out with your mom, your kids, or your friends, or just celebrating the beautiful May Sunday, we hope it was spectacular. To help ease you back into the week, here is your dose of inspiring posts (including a couple mom-focused stories) from around the web.

  • The Huffington Post shared a Q&A with philanthropist and humanitarian-extraordinaire, Melinda Gates, where she muses about the importance of her mom (and other strong women role models) in her own life, and what’s going on in the field of maternal healthcare across the world.
  • The JTA included an op-ed calling to elevate more female rabbis into leadership roles – and to celebrate the distinct gifts and perspectives women rabbis have brought to Jewish tradition.
  • eJewish Philanthropy reports that The Shalem Center in Jerusalem received a generous matching grant to establish Israel’s first liberal arts college – one focused on learning, service, and leadership.
  • The Forward and Southern Jewish Life magazine both included coverage about the ongoing tornado clean-up in Alabama (and elsewhere in the South), and how Jewish groups are stepping in to help.
  • Jspot, the blog by Repair the World grantee-partner, Jewish Funds for Justice, featured a video of a recent flash mob in New York City, promoting workers’ rights.

Supporting Workers’ Rights on the 100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

100 years ago today, a fire struck New York’s Triangle Shirtwaist Company building. The fire, which was likely caused by an accidental cigarette tossed into a waste bin, spread quickly – trapping hundreds of garment workers (mostly women) inside, and killing over 150 people.

The Forward (then called The Forverts) founder, Abraham Cahan, wrote a stark editorial two days after the fire which read: “The entire neighborhood is sitting shiva. Every heart is torn in mourning. The human heart is drowning in tears. What a catastrophe! What a dark misfortune!”
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