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Monday Morning Link Roundup

Yesterday was Fathers’ Day, and in honor of the special occasion, here are some inspiring reads and service opportunities, both dad-related and not, from around the blogosphere.


  • (Robyn Stegman) A blogger gushes about the influence her dad has had on her service work, and embarks on a unique fundraising project to say thanks. (You can help out with the fundraising efforts here.)
  • (Take Part) The state of Florida gets one step closer to shedding its title as the only state in the nation with an explicit ban on gay adoption.
  • (JTA) In related news, next week (June 27-29) three Jewishly-focused LGBT advocacy groups will join together in the Bay Area with more than 100 leaders of the Jewish LGBT movement for a first-of-its-kind visioning meeting.
  • (Good) Writer and business-management theoriest Tony Schwartz is fighting back on behalf of the long-lost lunch break. Starting June 23, every Wednesday is Take Back Your Lunch day – join the fight by enjoying your lunch.
  • (How to Change the World) An oldie-but-goodie essay discusses how to change the world by being a mensch.
  • (JTA) Philanthropists Eli and Edyth Broad recently pledged to donate 75% of their personal fortune (which stands at about 5.7 billion) during their lifetime. Read more about the incredible couple here.


  • (JustCoz) A new online platform JustCoz enables non-profits to expand their social media reach by “donating” a tweet a day to the site. Register here to begin spreading the word about the causes your NGO or charity is passionate about on JustCoz. (FYI – Judging by names alone, at least two of the three founders, Yotam Troim and Ronen Raz are members of the tribe.)

Friday Morning Link Roundup

Looking for a dose of inspiration? Check out these stories and get-involved opportunities from around the Jewish and service blogospheres.


  • (jweekly) The Bay Area’s four foundations for Jewish teens raised a staggering $176,000, which will be distributed to 32 international non-profits doing work in sustainable agriculture, health care, and helping underprivileged youth in Israel and Southeast Asia.
  • (Huffington Post) Paul Loeb, author of the wonderful book The Impossible Will Take a Little While, writes an inspiring piece on the importance of engaging in service, even if one is unsure of the outcome.
  • (NY Jewish Week) Over the last decade, “mitzvah projects” have helped bring a meaningful service component to bar and bat mitzvah celebrations. Now the innovative non-profit Storahtelling is revolutionizing the actual service with their Raising the Bar program.
  • (NY Times) The mega-chain, Walmart – which is often criticized for its treatment of workers – is launching an affordable web-based college program for its employees.


  • (Share our Strength) Vote today in the No Kid Hungry Innovation Awards, and help a non-profit doing work around hunger alleviation win $25,000.
  • (FOJNP) Calling all Jewish non-profit people: Register for the Future of the Jewish Non Profit Summit and join other professionals and lay leaders in a one-day (Tuesday, July 27) summit committed to making substantive positive change in the non-profit arena.