Guests and Blogs

On Becoming a US Citizen

On Wednesday December 16th, I was officially sworn in as an citizen of the United States, which was an extraordinary experience that actually gave birth to a surprising range of emotions.

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Impact Investing Gets IRS Boost

Impact investing allows philanthropists to make more progress toward their charitable missions by using the engine of their philanthropically committed capital, rather than only the fumes. The IRS has just made that easier.

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You Won’t Believe What I Learned About A New Idea in Colorado Health Care

It would take the place of Connect For Health Colorado, the State exchange developed under the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA), sometimes referred to as Obama Care.

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Five Lessons in Five Years

Although philanthropy is a deeply personal and highly individualized endeavor, here are the top five broadly applicable lessons I've learned in the last five years.

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Vanities of a Bonfire

I spent an anomalous Lag B’Omer afternoon watching the gut wrenching movie ‘Gett’. I woke up the next morning with a cluster of thoughts and emotions.

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My Weekend in Baltimore

My weekend in Baltimore, first with idealistic rabbinic students and then with local people working for change, gave me great hope overall in what can be achieved by the courageous human spirit.

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Finding Zabelle

Zabelle Abdalian was an Armenian Genocide survivor who sought shelter and freedom in America. Through her artistry as expressed in her writings, musical accomplishments, and dedicated compassion for others, her extraordinary life presents an inspiring testament of a 19th century woman whose spirit embodies a heroic people. In honor of the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide I offer her story. - Carla Rachel Friedman

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