OK, I try not to just post events, but this just rocks, so I’m putting it up for folks–if you’re in the Bay Area, check out this Three-Part Series on Judaism, Consumer Power, and What It Means to Work for the Greater Good! Big love to AJWS, AVODAH and Congregation Emanu-El Young Adult Community for putting this on! You can also RSVP on Facebook!

Dates: March 5, March 12, and March 26
Times: 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: March 5 & 26 at Congregation Emanu-El; March 12 at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco

RSVP: hwinig@ajws.org; mschneider@emanuelsf.org

Do you ever have amazing ideas for world-changing projects but are never quite sure how to take that next step and make them happen?

Do you fantasize about a job that pays you a livable wage and enables you to do work that “rights wrongs” in the world? Do you aspire to give tzedakah (righteous giving), each year, but can’t figure out how to save for yourself and make charitable donations elsewhere? Do you want to be more intentional about how you spend, save, and donate your money?

If so, join us for Revolutionize Your Resources, a three-part evening series that expands the Jewish concept of tzedakah, highlights inspiring individuals and organizations with experience in turning innovative social change ideas into reality, and offers concrete tools for shaping your own personal contribution to tikkun olam, healing the world.

The series is presented by the American Jewish World Service and AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps Partnership and Congregation Emanu-El Young Adult Community and each session will be facilitated by Rabbi Sydney Mintz.

March 5th: Work Your Values to Make a Difference

Presenter: Laura Scher, Founder, Chair & CEO, CREDO Mobile (formerly Working Assets)
Mark Guterman, JVS’ Career Coach

Rabbi Mintz will set the stage for the series by helping us to define what tzedakah means to us, and by providing an ethical framework for how we can think about using our resources. Our featured speaker Laura Scher will share her experience of creating a highly successful company that combines business and social change. Credo/Working Assets provides phone service and is also a powerful vehicle for citizen action and philanthropic efforts that support nonprofits around the world working for civil rights, economic and social justice, the environment, and peace and international freedom. You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in an interactive workshop with Mark Guterman, who is the Career Coach at Jewish Vocational Services. You’ll take away tools to help you turn your values into action (as well as some concrete steps on how to turn your crazy idea into a kickin’ reality).

March 12th: Socially Responsible Investing (Even on a Shoestring Budget)

Presenters: Josh Levine, Financial Advisor, Levine Social Investment Group/UBS Financial Services, Inc.,
Ben Elberger, Microfinance Partnerships Manager, Kiva

Think your income is too low to invest – let alone invest responsibly? Well, think again! Financial advisor Josh Levine will share the hard facts about how we can put our retirement accounts and other financial investments to work for the greater good. Whether you have been saving for years or want some tips about how to start saving now, Josh will offer practical ways we can transform the daily decisions we make about money into powerful efforts to bring about social change. In addition, Ben Elberger, a microfinance expert, will share with us Kiva’s model for empowering entrepreneurs in the developing world to lift themselves out of poverty, and let you know how you can use your investment dollars for global poverty reduction.

*This session will be at the Women’s Building in the Mission

March 19th: No Session. Ruth Messinger, AJWS President, Speaking at the JCC – for details, please go to http://www.jccsf.org/content_main.aspx?progid=2272&catid=540.

March 26th: Everyday Activism, Community-Style

Presenters: Rabbi Josh Zweiback, Congregation Beth Am and formerly KAVOD
Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point Community

This session will focus on the power of leveraging our communal resources to make change. We’ll explore two models. Rabbi Zweiback will share his experiences with KAVOD, an Omaha, NE based non-profit tzedakah collective that has distributed more than $600,000 since its inception in 1993 with an overhead of under $100. We’ll also hear from Daniel Lurie, founder of Tipping Point Community. Since 2005 Tipping Point has raised more than $4 million to support 18 of the very best poverty-fighting groups in the Bay Area. You’ll take away tools for determining how your philanthropic gift can have a significant impact on communities and issues that are important to you.