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April 25, 2013

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NEWS OPINIONS A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T RAC conference Senate disappoints DCJCC Music Festival Page 5 Page 17 Page 20 $1.00 Vol. 49, No. 17 | Candlelighting 7:38 | Havdalah 8:39 | Iyar 15, 5773 | washingtonjewishweek.com APRIL 25, 2013 Do the rich give less? Community of survivors USHMM marks 20 years by David Holzel Senior Writer T he poor are more charitable than the rich. e bottom 20 percent donates 3.2 of its income to charity, while the top 20 percent gives just 1.3 percent. In an article in the April issue of e Atlantic, former NPR CEO Ken Stern presents this conundrum and tries to figure out why. e answers are important to a Jewish community whose synagogues, schools and social service agencies depend for their existence on the generosity of its members, who occupy the higher end of the income spectrum. "One of the most surprising, and perhaps confounding, facts of charity in America is that the people who can least afford to give are the ones who donate the greatest percentage of their income," Stern wrote in "Why the Rich Don't Give to Charity." To illustrate, he cited a study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, which found that "middle- and lower-income neighborhoods, such as Suitland and Capitol Heights in Prince George's County, Maryland, gave proportionally more than the tony neighborhoods of Bethesda, Maryland, and McLean, Virginia." Many Washington-area Jews live in those tony suburbs, as well as in Potomac, Fairfax and Falls Church. "I think everyone, including me, would think the rich, because they have a lot more disposable income, would give more than the poor," Stern told WJW. "But it turns out that it's not the case. No one has come up with a definitive explanation why. "e most plausible that I've seen is that the poor see charitable needs more oen. And the rich are more isolated from need and oen that's what drives giving." Stern, author of the book With Charity for All, said the data shows that while the rich give less, "the rich in mixed income neighborSEE RICH PAGE 14 by Eric Hal Schwartz Staff Writer F known as District Grocery Stores), Abe Kay began building apartments and houses in D.C. and later in Silver Spring as one of the first to see potential in suburban living. Born in Dolhinov, Kay is credited with being instrumental in saving an entire yeshiva by helping it move from Russia to Japan and eventually to China, making it the only yeshiva in Eastern Europe not annihilated by the Nazis. Kay and his circle of friends worked to aid the Haganah in Israel and was part of the group that purchased the "Exodus." "His parents imbued him with a sense of tzedakah and community," said Laura Apelbaum, executive director of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. is circle of friends and family took responsibility in building and caring for the community both here and in Israel. "His parents' house was a gathering place. Jack described them as or 20 years the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has served as a resource and testament to one of the most horrific events in human history. To celebrate two decades of collecting and sharing the stories of the Holocaust, the museum will hold a special day of programs on April 29, including a ceremony with Elie Wiesel and Bill Clinton as well tours and educational opportunities. Space for the event filled up quickly with people wanting to commemorate this milestone. "ere will be a lot of survivors and a lot of World War II veterans in attendance," said Andy Hollinger, the director of communications at the museum. In circumstances like these, there is always the possibility for reunions as veterans and survivors meet, by chance or by arrangement, others whom they knew decades ago. Hollinger said that although it can't be planned for, the sometimes surprising reunions of survivors and veterans is one of the most rewarding events to witness. e event will also highlight some of the important accomplishments and continuing projects of the museum. Educating the world through its vast collection of material and information on the Holocaust and providing data on victims and their families to survivors and their loved ones, the museum has also played a major part in the ongoing fight against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial SEE KAY PAGE 15 SEE USHMM PAGE 13 Family photo of Abe and Minnie Kay with son Jack and daughter Sylvia, ca. 1941 Photo courtesy of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington Jack Kay, 88 by Meredith Jacobs Managing Editor T he D.C. community lost a lion as Jack Kay quietly passed away on Sunday, April 21 at age 88. He was a private man, but there are few, if any, who haven't been touched in some way by Kay's immense contributions. "Be wise not only in words but in deeds," reads the inscription on his father Abe's grave, but it just as easily could describe Jack Kay. And perhaps there is no more fitting tribute than to describe him as his father was described, as he dedicated his life to continuing his parents' legacy. One cannot speak of Kay without first devoting time to his parents. Abraham and Minnie Kay began married life with $6 in their pockets and a $300 loan from friends to open a grocery store. Daughter Sylvia was followed by son, Jack. e children attended Sunday school at the Jewish Community Center in the District and the family worshipped at Adas Israel Congregation at Sixth and I streets. Hoping to discourage his son from going into the grocery business, Kay never allowed Jack to work the store. Aer organizing the District Grocery Society (later

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