The past decade has seen gradual developments in Arab philanthropy in Israel. While most Arab philanthropy remains almost entirely within traditional and religious charitable customs, there are now Arab organizations and leaders who are looking at it as a vehicle for systemic social change.
PJ Library, which sends free Jewish books monthly to young children, has a “considerable impact” on families’ Jewish life and practices, a survey of Toronto-area families has found. The program was created by JFN member organization The Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
A Times article discusses OneTable, launched by JFN members The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life and The Paul E. Singer Foundation. (OneTable is supported by numerous other JFN members.)
JFN member organization the Leichtag Foundation has approved emergency grants to Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) and the White Helmets, which are both providing relief directly to the citizens of Aleppo. "We understand these donations are mostly symbolic," the foundation says.
The distinctions between charitable and political funding are blurring just as citizens' digital activities are tracked more than ever. Government surveillance and the commercial ownership of civil society's digital infrastructure combine to threaten rights to free expression and association.
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