Our seventh-grade Avodah La'Olam class, taught by former Director of Jewish Studies Ora Gittelson-David, recently welcomed Alumni Parent Laura Lauder for a lively discussion about Philanthropy.
Laura, who in addition to being a proud Hausner alumni parent, is also a Bay Area Jewish philanthropist, spoke about the important Jewish concept of Derech Eretz, which refers to a code of conduct, or the "way of the world." For Laura and her family, this means that philanthropy is an essential part of their lives, guided by Jewish values.
Our students shared a variety of philanthropic causes that are dear to their own hearts, ranging from health-related issues, to equity, to helping others less fortunate, and the arts, and learned how they might evaluate the impact of philanthropic organizations they may wish to support over the course of their Avodah L'Olam project.
For those who may not know, our school is named after the famed Israeli jurist, Gideon Hausner, Laura's late mother-in-law's great uncle, whose pursuit of justice inspires us to this very day, and whose legacy lives on in the name of our beloved school.