Our Giving Calendar
Check out the upcoming organizations that the Righteous Crowd community will support. This page will continue to be updated week by week. Righteous Crowd members will receive an email each Friday highlighting that week's organization, its mission, the people behind it, and how it ties to Jewish themes.
Americans for Immigrant Justice
Tomorrow evening we observe Tisha B’Av (literally meaning the 9th of the month of Av), considered the saddest day in the Jewish calendar. This date marks the end of a three-week period during which some of the most horrible moments in Jewish history occurred, most notably the destruction of both Temples in Jerusalem. During this period, Jews reflect on what is broken in ourselves and our systems. When we read the Book of Lamentations (Eicha), which literally means “How?!,” the heart wrenching text mourning the destruction of Jerusalem says “עוֹלָלֶ֛יהָ הָלְכ֥וּ שְׁבִ֖י לִפְנֵי־צָֽר - Her infants have gone into captivity” (Eicha 1:5). This week we are featuring Americans for Immigrant Justice in an effort to pick up the broken pieces in our systems and help reunite families.
swipe out hunger
In this week’s Torah portion, Eikev, we find the words to the Birkat HaMazon, the Jewish grace after meals. We read, “And you will eat and be satisfied, and bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you” (Deuteronomy 8:10). Inspired by this blessing and as we’re heading into back to school season, Righteous Crowd is supporting an organization that addresses hunger on college campuses. Through their flagship program, students with extra dining hall meal swipes can donate them to their peers.
Today is the holiday of Tu B’Av, or the Jewish day of love. Traditionally, this marked the beginning of the grape season in Israel and unmarried women would go dance in the vineyards wearing all white. It is now a special day for weddings in Israel. This week, we are featuring an organization which creates opportunities for meaningful relationships, love, and marriage for people with disabilities. Inbar has also created social awareness that love and marriage for people with disabilities is normative.
hebrew free loan association of greater washington
In this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh, we read about the mitzvah of giving loans to those in need. The portion states, “If there is a needy person among you, one of your kinsmen in any of your settlements in the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not harden your heart and shut your hand against your needy kinsman. Rather, you must open your hand and lend him sufficient for whatever he needs” (Deuteronomy 15: 7-8). We are featuring an organization that provides interest-free loans to members of the Greater Washington Jewish community community, to help them meet their financial needs with dignity.