May 7 2010

Comments About ‘The Golden Age’: Charles Ickowicz

The following message comes to us from Charles Ickowicz, author of Word Power: Vocabulary for Success. We sincerely thank Mr. Ickowicz for his kind words and encourage you to read on to see his unique list of Jewish Achievers.

Dear Stephen-

I very much enjoyed reading your very interesting and well researched book about the contribution of the Jewish people to our culture and society. The many stories of the individuals that you profiled were both fascinating and fun reading. Whether it was about Jews in science, politics, sports, business, the military, or the bad guys, I learned quite a lot both about the individuals and their contribution to our society. Gathering so much information and writing about it must have been a tremendous amount of work.

Additionally, it was very touching to read about your warm feelings toward the Jewish people and your reasons for writing your book.

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May 7 2010

Jewish American Group Tzedek: Responsibly Investing Through Jewish Values

Tzedekâh meaning justice or righteousness in Hebrew seems commensurate to the very same name of a group which is dedicated to community investing in low and moderate-income neighborhoods. Through education, organizing, and lending, Tzedec creates partnerships between Jewish investors and these communities.

By collecting low and even no-interest loans from Jewish philanthropic investors, the program not only encourages other Jews to give back but to create professional partnerships of trust and mutual benefit with communities in need. Tzedek reinvests those funds in Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) to serve individuals, businesses, and nonprofits typically neglected by mainstream banks. Tzedek credits it success on Jewish values.

By fulfilling Judaism’s tzedakah teachings, Tzedek is able to emphasize partnership and investment as the highest form of giving. In result, Tzedec’s mission of social justice energizes Jews and attracts unaffiliated Jewish activists and funders alike to Jewish life.

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