JewishBoston.com: Rushing To Give? Make Tzedakah a Year-Round Practice

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created at: 2011-12-30If your inbox is anything like mine, the last two weeks have been a deluge of messages from well-meaning organizations helpfully reminding us that 2011 is about to end, and with it our last opportunity to take advantage of tax-deductable donations for this fiscal year. Each organization has kindly offered to be the recipient of any money we might need to donate in order to meet the needs of our tax accounting. How sweet of them!

I don’t begrudge any organization their chance to make however many sincere asks for donations they feel are necessary. In fact, for the years that I was chair of the board of Keshet, I was often the one writing these messages. And yet, this year I haven’t made a single year-end donation. Continue reading

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JewishBoston.com: Review: CAPTORS at the Huntington

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I will admit up front that I tend to approach “Holocaust art” with a bit of hesitation. The subject so readily lends itself to emotional manipulation, and it seems as though every possible angle has been addressed already. So I am pleased to report that Evan M. Wiener’s new play Captors, receiving its premiere at the Huntington Theatre through December 11 with an eye towards New York, was (if you’ll forgive the pun) captivating.  Continue reading