Jews, Money and Social Responsibility: Developing a "Torah of Money" For Contemporary Life

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Jews, Money and Social Responsibility is a lively discussion of socially responsible shopping, investment and philanthropy from an American Jewish perspective. The authors explore Judaism's teachings on economics, wealth, individual responsibility and community to develop a contemporary ethic of money and society. Their work offers a unifying vision of economic life that can sanctify and heal ourselves and our world.

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Jeffrey Dekro is founder and President of The Shefa Fund, a public foundation that assists Jewish funders, advocates ethical approaches to wealth and resources, and promotes Jewish social responsibility through grantmaking, low-income community investing and education. Dekro has been organizing people and money for progressive and Jewish organizations for more than 25 years. Prior to founding Shefa in 1988, he was Associate Director of The Shalom Center, the national resource and organizing center for Jewish perspectives on the nuclear arms race; co-founder and -director of New s magazine, Reconstructionism Today, and works closely with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. From 1987-1989 Bush was the editor of Genesis 2, an independent journal of Jewish renewal. His fiction and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, Moment, Mad magazine and many other magazines, mostly of the American Jewish press.Jewish Agenda, a "progressive voice in the Jewish community and a Jewish voice in the progressive community;" and, while at the Institute for the Study of Civic Values, Dekro co-founded and was co-director of the Philadelphia Jobs in Energy Project (PJIEP), which developed an energy conservation/jobs creation program for low-income residents. Dekro also co-founded the Non-Profit Energy Management Corporation (NPEMC), a loan fun d subsidiary of PJIEP, that continues to provide capital for installation of energy conservation measures by congregations and non-profit agencies in Philadelphia. Dekro was a founding Board member of The Reinvestment Fund. Dekro writes about a range of topics and teaches at synagogues and at the Reform and Reconstructionist rabbinical seminaries. Lawrence Bush is a writer and editor whose other books include Bessie, a novel and two works of fiction for adolescents, most recently Emma Ansky-Levine and Her Mitzvah Machine. He edits the Reconstructionist movement's magazine, Reconstructionism Today, and works closely with the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. From 1987-1989 Bush was the editor of Genesis 2, an independent journal of Jewish renewal. His fiction and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, Moment, Mad magazine and many other magazines, mostly of the American Jewish press.

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"... for everyone who is interested in living a more responsible, more connected life." -- Jeffrey Hollander, Chairman, Seventh Generation and author of How to Make the World a Better Place

"This book should challenge and motivate American Jews... promotes social justice and reinforces positive Jewish identity" -- Marlene Provizer, Executive Director, Jewish Fund for Justice

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