Contemporary Jewish Philanthropy in America

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Barry Alexander Kosmin, Paul Ritterband
Rowman & Littlefield, 1991 - Religion - 254 pages
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Contemporary Jewish Philanthropy in America provides a comprehensive overview of how Tzedakah-the obligation to give, to share, to help-can be understood, taught and realized in contemporary society. The chapters in this book examine the social sources for philanthropy, the various types of givers, recent trends in philanthropy, large scale giving and clients' perspectives. The contributors to this volume-social scientists, communal leaders and practitioners who are associated with the Council of Jewish Federations and the North American Jewish Data Bank-analyze the motivations and functions of Jewish giving in order to throw light on this enormous and vital enterprise.
 

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Contents

1 An Economic Analysis of Philanthropy
3
2 The Dimensions of Contemporary American Jewish Philanthropy
17
General Philanthropy
31
The Relationship Between Jewish Identity and Philanthropy
33
Charitable Giving in the Last Part of the Twentieth Century
57
Special Philanthropy
73
5 Tradition and Transition in Jewish Womens Philanthropy
75
Volunteer Activity and Contributions of the Jewish Women of Rhode Island
93
A Small City Perspective
161
Major Gifts to Federation Campaigns
173
12 Havurah Jews and Where They Give
187
13 The New Jewish Philanthropies
205
The Clients
217
14 The Changing Client System of Jewish Federations
219
How Well Does the Gift Perform?
231
Selected Bibliography
249

Career Women A Preliminary Investigation
117
Tzedakah Orthodox Jews and Charitable Giving
133
The Case of Children of Major Jewish Philanthropic Families in New York City
145
The Contributors
253
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Kosmin is a sociologist at the CUNY Graduate School.

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