Partners, Colleagues, and Associates

Partners and Associates

Congregation B'nai Israel is Rabbi Debra Orenstein's new home synagogue in Emerson, New Jersey:

Makom Ohr Shalom
was Rabbi Debra Orenstein’s previous synagogue in Tarzana, California:

Reb Zalman’s Legacy Project will tell you more about this great teacher and how his students are helping to preserve his legacy:

Rabbi Debra has for sale a wonderful library of Vintage Jewish Books culled from estates. Please browse this Amazon storefront and find yourself a gem or a treasure.

Jewish Lights is the publisher of Lifecycles, Volumes 1 and 2:

Zmiros Database - The son of a dear friend has created an impressive zemirot resource and database, as a labor of love. On the site you have the ability not only to visit and partake, but also to recommend the site to others, and to upload some of your own melodies. I hope that you will enjoy sharing Jewish music in this way.

Steve Rachwal designs our CD covers and other materials. He's a great designer and wonderful man:

Mark Reden, a member of Makom Ohr Shalom, has taken many of the photos that appear on this website. To view more of Mark's photographs of Congregation Makom Ohr Shalom, please click here. is the website launched in 2015 by my husband, Craig Weisz, to showcase and sell his wonderful photography. Display-quality prints, canvass wraps, and a variety of greeting cards can be ordered right off the site.

Service and Charities

American Jewish World Service (AJWS) is an international development organization motivated by Judaism’s imperative to pursue justice. AJWS is dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among the people of the developing world.

Breaking the Chain Through Education ( is a grass-roots, volunteer-based charity that helps to liberate child slaves in Ghana and to ensure their ongoing freedom. Founded in 2006 by a social studies teacher from Metuchen, NJ, who read about child slaves in the New York Times one day and made it his mission to make a difference, BTCTE continues to free boys as young as six and provides former slaves with education, food, and health care.

The Fistula Foundation is dedicated to preventing and curing obstetrical fistulas, holes that develop during childbirth between a woman’s birth passage and one or more of her internal organs. While we see very few fistulas in the West, they are rampant in the poor countries of Africa and Asia, due to malnutrition and inadequate obstetrical care. The results are catastrophic: women suffer infertility, incontinence, infections, foul smells, and, most seriously, abandonment by their families and communities. The good news is that cure rate for a relatively simple low-cost surgery is 90%, and prevention costs pennies, while curing other ills simultaneously.

Free the Slaves is among the most influential and effective abolitionist organizations operating today. Working on the frontlines, in partnership with many local activists, it uncovers slavery and liberates men, women, and children. It also partners with businesses, ngo’s, governments, and people like you and me to change the policies and practices that allow slavery to flourish.

Good People Fund
, founded by some of the same folks who worked on Danny Siegel’s Ziv Tzedakah Fund, is named for the good people who do grass-roots charitable work, the good people who need those services, and the good people who lend their financial support.

Hadassah , the world’s largest Jewish women’s organization, does ground-breaking work in medicine and community-building, both in Israel and in the Diaspora.

Jewish World Watch (JWW) is a coalition of over 70 synagogues dedicated to advocating for the prevention of genocide and the proper care for its victims.

The Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is the overseas arm of the American Jewish community, providing support to Jews and non-Jews across the globe. I grew up hearing about “the Joint,” and couldn’t initially figure out how some speakeasy was able to do so much good, world-wide.

The New Israel Fund (NIF) supports the vision of the Israeli declaration of independence: social justice and equality for all people in the Jewish State, without regard to religion, race, or gender. To date, NIF has supported 800 cutting-edge organizations with over $200 million in grants.