Monthly Archive: March 2012

Horror, Heartache and the Eternal Spirit of Survival

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I always look forward to posting here as an opportunity to focus on how our partnership is achieving extraordinary things for our girls each day.  But as happy as I am to be with you, my heart is heavy from the news of the murders in Toulouse, France. A teacher, his two children, ages 3 …

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Whose Pockets are You Lining? How to Know if Your Charity is Responsible and Legitimate

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My co-workers and I are often asked: Where does my donation go? What overhead do you have? How can I know that my money will go straight to the girls? It’s no wonder that these are the concerns of potential donors. We’ve all witnessed too many incidents when disasters were used as catalysts of greed …

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An Orphan Invented Your Computer!

First Lady and activist Eleanor Roosevelt was orphaned at the age of ten

(…and your microwave, and the music streaming out of your headphones….) Doesn’t it seem like Purim was ages ago? Only last week we were celebrating the life of Queen Esther, an orphaned girl who saved her nation. Our appeal was to consider the disadvantaged girls at the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home in Netanya, many of whom …

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To Enter the Heart of the King

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Only hours remain until we usher in Purim, the happiest day of the year! As we tie up the loose ends of our mishloach manos (beautifully wrapped gifts of food for our friends) and put finishing touches on our children’s costumes, we are hoping that those around us get the most out of this holiday. …

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Esther, the Orphan Queen who saved a people

Achashverosh and Haman at the Feast of Esther, Rembrandt (1660)

As we approach the joyous holiday of Purim, celebrated this year from the evening of March 7th-8th, I have been reflecting on the holiday as my first year celebrating it with Lev LaLev. And I noticed something about the holiday story that before seemed like just a small footnote to me. … The story of …

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