Campers and counselors donned blue and white on July 27 for Yom Yisrael (Israel Day) at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island. Our visiting TIPS (Tucson, Israel, Phoenix, Seattle Partnership) counselors from Israel organized an afternoon full of fun and creativity as a way for more than 400 campers to receive a taste of Israel.
Donor Advised Funds -- or DAFs -- have been in the news quite a bit lately, but what is a DAF? It's an easy way to ensure the long-term stability of the organizations you care most about. With a DAF, you make a one-time contribution while disbursing your charitable gifts over a longer period. You receive a current year tax benefit without having to decide at the time of your donation which qualifying charities ultimately receive contributions. And even after you've made your initial disbursement decisions, you can change them annually.
On July 28, 2012, Jewish people from around the world and in Seattle will gather in synagogues and in homes to celebrate the coming of Shabbat. Shabbat is a time to observe and to rest, to reflect and rejoice.
This Shabbat is the ninth of Av, traditionally the culmination of three weeks of national mourning over tragedies that have befallen us over the millennia, including the destruction of the two temples in Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. The fast and commemoration will take place this year on Sunday, in deference to Shabbat.
Nancy Greer has been appointed Interim President & CEO, after having served first as CFO and then COO of the Jewish Federation. During her tenure with the Federation, Nancy has guided the organization through the financial and administrative implementation of the new philanthropic model and advised on how to maximize donor contributions to best serve our local community.