Aliyah was the cool thing to do in 2010

According to Israeli officials, over 19,000 Jews made Israel their new home in 2010. Over 3,300 of them immigrated from the U.S. Thanks to the law of return and the Jewish Agency, Israel is a place where all Jews can feel welcome.

Check out the full article by Haaretz.

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San Jose volunteers hours and dollars, but keeps holiday spending low

The Daily Beast tried to call out San Jose as one the 31 “Grinchiest US Cities”, but from a philanthropic mindset, I was quite pleased with San Jose’s results.

While other populations hustled and bustled to spend their money on pricey gifts and new sweaters, San Jose residents spent a mere 1.5% of earnings on the holiday season and contributed over 3% on average to charitable contributions. This same group represents nearly 30% of San Jose residents that volunteer their time as well!

I for one am happy to live in the city of “grinches”, where community support is more valuable to individuals than material belongings.

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If a J-Bowl is in the future- let’s get a Silicon Valley team going!

The JTA posted an article yesterday afternoon on Jewish football teams around the US and their proposal for a best of the  east-west teams playoff, a J-Bowl.

Check out the full article here. Maybe we should consider a Silicon Valley team…any takers?

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Seattle bus ad decrying ‘Israeli war crimes’ rejected

(JTA) — Advertisements about “Israeli war crimes” slated to be carried by buses in downtown Seattle have been rejected.

On Dec. 24, King County Executive Dow Constantine ordered the Metro Transit system to reject the ad as well as any other new noncommercial advertising.

The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign had paid $1,794 to place the advertisements on 12 buses beginning Dec. 27, the day Israel entered Gaza to stop rocket attacks on its southern communities. The ads feature a group of children looking at a demolished building under the heading “Israeli War Crimes: Your tax dollars at work.” Continue reading

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Newest edition of the JCN available online now

Click here to read it today! Will arrive in homes by Friday, January 7. To receive your copy of the JCN, please contact amanda@jvalley.org or call (408) 357-7503.

Hot articles in the January issue include:

  • Rabbi Aron celebrates 20 year at Shir Hadash
  • Jewbilee returns to town on January 23
  • Harold Grinspoon, founder and primary funder of the PJ Library Program, speaks at a special breakfast

Hope you enjoy this reading!

For advertising opportunities, please contact elisa@jvalley.org. To have your article, letter or pictures published, contact cecily@jvalley.org.

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Thank you…from community members…

Love this thankful video!

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A new breed of giving- microphilanthropists

I just read a very inspiring story on Carlo Garcio, a Chicago blogger that has recently forgone his morning cup of joe in exchange for making the world a better place.

While I don’t advocate giving up caffeine (g-d only knows that I would never last without it myself!), I found his story of giving dollars (not hundreds or thousands) at a time to be extremely touching. Carlo literally chooses a different cause each day to give his $5 latte money to. With thousands of causes world-wide I’m sure he can continue this trend for many years to come. Maybe I’ll follow his lead and start by giving up my weekly (okay, sometimes thrice-weekly) grilled cheese.

Read the article on Carlo here.

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