Julie Gersten

American Jewish World Service

Julie Gersten is a program officer in the education and community engagement department at American Jewish World Service (AJWS). In her two years at AJWS, she has developed and managed a range of educational materials and curricula that promote the values of global citizenship in the American Jewish community. She has focused most of her time developing service-learning curriculum for AJWS volunteer programs in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She holds an MSc in Human Rights from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from Vassar College.

Reimagining Tzedakah for the 21st Century

Julie Gersten, Stephanie Ives

In our increasingly interconnected world, tzedakah, or charity, is no longer bound by geographic, ethnic or religious parameters. Today, we are making unprecedented choices about where we give, to whom and why. Join us to explore Jewish texts on giving and learn about a national design competition to reimagine the traditional tzedekah box. This "Where Do You Give?" approach will challenge designers, artists and conceptual thinkers to create a 21st century model inspired by the values and imagery of the tzedakah box.