Three Secrets to Being an Effective Philanthropist

June 28, 2017 -     After decades of involvement with more than 100 non-profit organizations, I have learned that philanthropy is about much more than writing checks. In fact, I found that it is actually much harder to give away money as a philanthropist and obtain a high return on your investment than it was to make money as a real estate investor. There are a ran

BDS is Continuing to Spread Hate and Anti-Semitism Across the U.S.

June 12, 2017 -     You can join the fight to stop it! Click here to help us fight BDS. A vicious sickness known as anti-Semitism has infected people with hate across centuries, cultures, and continents — and Jewish communities have often paid the price for it. In the U.S., after decades of historic declines in anti-Semitic attitudes and incidents, the disease has

TAMID Tank: USC’s first-ever Shark Tank for college students

May 30, 2017 -     USC has an outstanding entrepreneurial community, an incredible venture capital (VC) network, and thousands of fanatic Shark Tank viewers. Daniel Newman founded two startups and had the experience necessary to work with entrepreneurs and VCs alike to make TAMID Tank at USC a reality. He was elected Vice President of Operations of USC TAMID at the e

Milstein Fellow – Their AIPAC Story [3/3]

April 25, 2017 -     There is a famous quote by Martin Luther King Jr. that states, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Over eighteen thousand Americans and over two-thirds of Congress came together this past week at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington D.C. because they love Israel.

Milstein Fellow – Their AIPAC Story [2/3]

April 25, 2017 -     The Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation and the Milstein Fellows program afforded me my first opportunity to attend an AIPAC policy conference. I am originally from Little Rock, Arkansas and attend school in Peoria, Illinois. These cities both have rather small Jewish communities. Coming to AIPAC was my first real look at just active and amazing the

Milstein Fellow – their AIPAC Story [1/3]

April 25, 2017 -     I was excited to attend the AIPAC policy conference for the first time this year. I have wanted to attend the conference ever since my older brother first went five years ago. Since then, I have watched my two sisters join with him in DC every April. I couldn’t wait for it to be my turn. In middle school, my interest in politics grew and was

Why Pride and Courage are the Keys to the Jewish People’s Future

March 27, 2017 -     “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” This quote, attributed to Winston Churchill, has been a secret of the Jewish people for 5,000 years. Through ups and downs, through unbelievable triumph and unimaginable persecution, Jewish men and women in each generation have found the courage and str

Investing Jewish Philanthropic Dollars, More Effectively and Wisely

January 26, 2017 -     The return on our investment will be nothing less than a vibrant Jewish future. Jewish leaders and philanthropists are now engaged in an intense and crucial conversation. There is growing concern that Jews – particularly the next generation – are disconnecting from their Jewish heritage and from the State of Israel. The now infamous Pew Study

My Personal Philanthropic Journey: Why giving is the greatest joy of all

August 18, 2016 -     The Talmud tells us: “More than the calf wants to suckle; the cow wants to nurse.” For people who are actively involved in philanthropy, this makes a lot of sense. They know that the donor often ends up receiving as much, if not more, than the people and organizations that they support. Jewish laws of charity, or Tzedakah, obligates us

Universal Jewish Wisdom: Building Partnerships – a personal story

July 30, 2016 -     Pirkei Avot teaches us to “קנה לך חבר” — “acquire a friend.” This Talmud verse is counter-intuitive. Friendship is a unique kind of relationship that money could never buy. When you look deeper, you come to appreciate that the true meaning of “acquire a friend” is the importance of investing in frie