My name is Maya Norton.
Welcome to The New Jew: Blogging Jewish Philanthropy.
Philanthropy, especially Jewish philanthropy, is my passion. I work in the nonprofit/philanthropy field in Israel and with Jewish communities abroad. Blogging helps me to refine my practice and think about issues in my direct field and beyond.
Please note that this is a individual blog, but in an effort to involve the community and address important issues in Jewish philanthropy, I frequently feature guest authors who are experts in their fields. The best example of this can be seen with the Big Idea Series in which 10 authors thus far have shared with us their proposals for ideas in Jewish social innovation.
You can also find me on my Facebook page at The New Jew: Microblog. Come and join the conversation!
What I Write About
Some of my primary topics are: best practice models in philanthropy, social entrepreneurship, donor decision-making, the nonprofit workplace, social responsibility, recommendations for improving fundraising methods, opportunities for partnership in the Middle East, and of course Israel and the Jewish community.
My readers are federation executives and staff members, philanthropy professionals, people interested in learning more about Jewish giving and giving to Israel, and many others in between.
At present, the four primary issues of this blog revolve around Jewish philanthropy and innovation. They are:
- Jewish Philanthropy: What we can learn from giving in the Jewish world
- Israel Advocacy: Expanding the paradigms for supporting Israel in the Jewish community
- Jewish Communal Innovation: Ideas on how we can further advance and develop as a nation
- Jewish Service: Opportunities for pursuing mitzvot throughout the world by volunteering and other forms of service
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Read My Most Popular Posts
Learn more about this blog by clicking on my most popular posts:*
- Gaza Giving: Surfing for Peace with Dr. Dorian Paskowitz
- The Nonprofit Employee’s Top 5 List of Must Haves in the Workplace
- Trends in Philanthropy: Predicting the Future of Nonprofit Fundraising
- Cause-Based Viral Marketing: How Your Nonprofit Can Maximize Social Networking Tools
- Top 5 Must Haves for International Fundraising: Shamoon College Provides Best Practice Model
- Top Jewish Foundations and Their Philanthropic Giving
- Know Your Jewish Philanthropy: the Federations, the Joint, and the Jewish Agency
- Charity vs Philanthropy: Avoiding Relationships of Dependency
- Slingshot Releases “Resource Guide to American Jewish Innovation, 2007- 2008”
- “Words of Advice for Beginning Bloggers”
And the wildly popular: “Mel Brooks Starts New Foundation: Schmucks for Schmuck.”
[* This section will be updated shortly.]
Connecting With Me
As a lifelong learner, I am constantly reading, writing, and studying ways to improve my craft. Your feedback and suggestions about how I can enhance my content and writing to best fit your interests and priorities is most welcome.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me by leaving a comment or e-mailing: mayan80 [at] yahoo.com.
Additionally, as a professional freelance writer and editor specializing in Jewish fundraising, I would be happy to talk with you about freelancing opportunities.
I am blogging from Israel.
== Please be aware that I was on semi-sabbatical for a long time while taking care of my son at home. The current state of The New Jew reflects these past limitations. ==