Happy Monday and happy post Oscars night. If you made it through the whole thing, mazel tov! You had a long evening – get yourself another cup of coffee. If you’re like me, you skipped the show altogether, but checked in to Twitter just often enough to follow @Jewcymag’s hilarious, ongoing Jew-focused commentary. Either way, here is our weekly round up of the best service-related posts on the web, to help cushion the transition from star-studded extravaganza back into the real world. Enjoy!
- The New York Jewish Week reports on a heartwarming story about 46-year old real estate consultant and moonlighting volunteer and philanthropist, Andrew Stein’s, service in Latin America. If someone as busy as Stein can find time to serve, anyone can!
- On a similarly touching front, Take Part tells the story of 13-year old vintner (yes, winemaker!), Colby Groom, who is selling the wines he creates with his father to raise money for heart research and heart related charities.
- The New York Times published an op-ed about how proposed spending cuts in the House would impact crucial programs including the service-organization Americorps.
- The JTA reports that a growing number of Jews are rallying behind union workers in Wisconsin who are fighting against having their collective-bargaining rights eliminated. “Judaism has long stood for the rights of the worker, beginning with the biblical injunction of Deuteronomy: ‘Do not take advantage of the hired worker who is poor and needy,’” the article quotes Rabbi Bonnie Margulis.
- Finally, on the animal welfare front, the Huffington Post recently published an article about the importance of pet adoption, written by the co-founder of Petfinder.com, Betsy Saul.