On December 1, the YU Accounting and Financial Planning Network held its first major event at Grant Thornton LLP with a capacity crowd. The event, entitled “Charitable Giving and Halacha,” featured RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Hershel Schachter followed by remarks from Jonathan Schmeltz, tax partner at Grant Thornton. The event was moderated by Jack Katz, managing partner at Grant Thornton and was followed by Q&A with industry experts including Miriam L. Greenberg, tax managing director at Grant Thornton and Henry T. Rubin, senior director of development gift planning at YU, and a networking reception.

Yoni Shenkman ’09SB, who chaired the AFPNetwork event, declared, “The mitzvah of tzedaka is a halachic requirement that Jews take very seriously. From a secular point of view, the uncertainty in the current tax environment leads to many questions on the best way to give, what one can give, and when. The seminar on charitable giving and halacha addressed both the halachic and secular points of view on this important mitzvah. The event also served as a great opportunity for YU alumni who work as accountants, lawyers, and other related fields to network and share ideas.”

For those who were unable to attend the event, we’re delighted to share this link to the online recording of the remarks. You can also enjoy images from the event by visiting our Flickr album. Finally, alumni looking to get involved with the AFPNetwork and who have expertise they can share on accounting, estate planning and financial planning should contact AFPNetwork@yu.edu.


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