Category Archives: Good Deeds

Finding a Center at the Kabbalah Centre

Steeped in thousands of years of tradition, Kabbalah has long been an avenue of Jewish faith and spiritual practice. While it was traditionally practiced by men over the age of forty it has come to be understood that a new era calls for a different set of rules, and practitioners come from all walks of life with the common thread of faith running between them.
Today the Kabbalah Centre provides guidance to a diverse set of students who are interested in studying this important spiritual practice. Based out of Los Angeles, California, the non-profit institute keeps its doors open to all of those who are interested in pursuing the ancient spiritual teachings of Kabbalah. Unlike many previous doctrines, the Kabbalah Centre approaches the practice of Kabbalah as a largely self contained pursuit rather than using an understanding of Jewish texts as a prerequisite. This is in keeping with their view of Kabbalah as a supplement to faith rather than an alternative approach to it.

Kabbalah holds that humans only really perceive one percent of the world, and that beneath the surface are a set of complex and symbolic relationships that man must divine without the use of conventional senses. Coming from the ten emanations and attributes of God, the Sephirot, the world itself is understood to be a manifestation of God’s Light. In order to be at harmony with the world and manifest one’s will within it, Kabbalah teaches its adherents to understand the Light.

It is no wonder that an institution like the Kabbalah Centre would prove a major draw for everyone from wealthy and famous celebrities to the average person. The opportunity to pursue a higher spiritual life and to receive guidance in understanding the Light of God is something that few seekers of truth could pass up. In this era of change the Kabbalah Centre is proving to be a center of enlightenment.

SKOUT Redefines What A Superhero Can Be

 

SKOUT is the smart social connections app that runs on most modern Internet-connected devices to help people find events and acquaint them with strangers with like interests, that soon become friends. Superheros are what you make of them, they say, and SKOUT has branched out in a big way to make potentially anyone a superhero. On National Superhero Day, which this year was on April 28th, all the profits SKOUT made went to the Make-A-Wish® Greater Bay Area chapter.

The goal was to completely pay for the fulfillment of at least one terminally ill, or otherwise medically challenged, child’s dearest wish. All that was required is that people download the SKOUT app to their smartphone, or many other kinds of internet accessible devices, and send SKOUT superhero virtual gifts to whomever they wished. Each gift sent from inside the app added more money to the total SKOUT donation to help a kid in real crisis have a happier, more joyful existence during a very hard time in his or her life.

SKOUT’s founder and CEO, Christian Wiklund, came to the idea after he got the results of a detailed survey completed by many SKOUT member users. It turns out, 80% of those surveyed said they really wished they could be a real in-the-flesh superhero, if someone could wave a magic wand and say, “let it be so.” So, Wiklund made it so. He found a fun and socially engaging way to help out a little dude with cancer or other life-threatening illness, and make everybody who stepped up feel like an authentic superhero. Needless to say, Wiklund was ecstatic about the whole thing. He knew that people like to send little gifts to each other. And, he knew how great all those SKOUT members would feel about contributing in that way.

The mobile smart device app is called SKOUT, and so is the company, still run expertly by Christian Wiklund. He has made the app available on numerous devices with several different platforms supported. With SKOUT there is no worry about meeting strangers. You can do it virtually for the very first meeting of someone new. Plus, SKOUT coordinates finding interesting events and then introducing you to other people who are also interested. Birds of a feather flock together. It is available in most countries of the world and in 16 languages as well.

The Greater Bay Area’s chapter of the Make-A-Wish® foundation has been working hard to grant ill children’s wishes for over 32 years now. Their mission is to help terminally ill kids forget about their sad situations, if only for a little bit. This chapter of the organization received a lump-sum donation from SKOUT that will help a kid in real need at least achieve one wish.

Check out Skout on LinkedIn and get the app at www.skout.com.

Giving The Less Fortunate A Chance To Education

The Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement was announced by Keith Mann. It is an award that is meant to help a generation of inventive business leaders. Keith from Dynamics Search Partners announced this award after he partnered with Uncommon Schools, which is a non-profit charter management institution in New York. However, this scholarship is only available for one student per a year.

The senior graduating is required to write an essay of 1,000 words explaining how a college degree would help them to achieve their goals in the professional sector to get this award. The competition ended on 29th February, and the results were announced at the end of March 2016. The grand prize is $5,000 that will be put into their college tuition fee. The objective of this award is to ensure that the students not only join the university but also get the chance to finish their four years and graduate from college.

Keith Mann is not only the founder of Dynamics Search Founders but also a strong believer in education, and therefore, he is willing to help students get through college. This character trait, as well as his philanthropy, made it easy for him to come up with such a charity. He is determined to identify and bring up great leaders and at the end, linking them to various companies as a way to cultivate their success.

Keith has worked in the executive search industry for more than a decade and has become professional hedge fund compensation as well as well planned strategies for staffing and hiring. In 2002, he identified the hedge fund industry a market of quick growth that the search community was under served. He expanded his practice in 2006 venturing into the private sector where he established Dynamic Search Partners (DSP) that is an alternative investment firm.

Currently, Keith Mann is the founder of DSP and manages the daily management of the business. This enterprise works hand in hand with other alternative investment firms in the U.S, Asia as well as Europe fills up to, approximately, 200 client consents annually.

National Dentist Avi Weisfogel Donates $2K to Operation Smile

The nationally known lecturing dentist, Dr. Avi Weisfogel has generously donated $2,000 to the world-wide charity, “Operation Smile.” For those who don’t know about this special charity, it is founded in order to help underprivileged children who suffer from facial deformities, cleft lip and cleft palate to receive the life-changing plastic surgery they need to transform their appearances. The charity was started by a volunteering plastic surgeon and his registered nurse wife and has serviced thousands of children all around the globe. The charity still relies upon the volunteering of physicians and nurses, as well as generous donations from groups and individuals such as Avi Weisfogel. When asked about his motivations, Dr. Weisfogel responded, “My passions and background led me to select Operation Smile as the beneficiary of the campaign. Children deserve access to the very best care.”

While Dr. Avi Wesifogel may be just another one of many donators to Operation Smile, he is far from your ordinary dentist. Though his traditional beginnings started much the same as any neighborhood dentist; he graduated from Rutgers University in Biology, and graduated the New York University College of Dentistry, and began a suburban practice in New Jersey. Over the 15 years that Dr. Weisfogel was in practice, in addition to repeatedly being honored as “Best Dentist,” he started treating his patients for something beyond just cleanings and fillings. He found that a number of his patients were suffering from some form of sleep apnea, so began his education in the field. He began to effectively treat such sleep disorders with dental appliances that allowed not only a good nights rest for his suffering patients, but also for those with whom they sleep. Watch Avi’s educational YouTube video below!

It is estimated that well over 25,000,000 million Americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder. Though excess weight gain and high blood pressure can account for a great many of these disorders, those born with a smaller than usual air pathway also contend with sleep problems. Though not all people with overweight issues, high blood pressure or a heart condition suffer from sleep disorders it is a fact that excess weight in the face and neck can restrict airways by putting excess pressure on the throat. Since not all people are just able to indiscriminately lose weight, a treatment for the condition is vital to a patient’s health and well-being. Most who seek treatment end up with the choice of surgery or a CPAP machine to be worn to bed to force oxygen into the airway. These options were not satisfactory to Dr. Weisfogel and a number of years ago he began his first of sleep disorder facilities called, “Healthy Heart Sleep.” Since that time he has begun traveling the country giving seminars and conferences to other dentists on how they too can aid their patients in such a serious health risk.

Today he sponsors a website filled with information about sleep apnea, its symptoms and how dentists can attend one of his conferences held throughout the year. He can be found on the web at Dental Sleep Masters.

Source: http://www.abc6.com/story/31366182/avi-weisfogel-dds-launches-gofundme-campaign-set-up-to-benefit-operation-smile

Keith Mann: The Philanthropist and Businessman

Each year a scholarship is rewarded to a deserving, low-income student of the Uncommon Charter High School. Keith Mann is a part of this movement that recognizes these students and guarantees them a way into and through a four-year college, financially. Therefore, the Keith and Keely Mann Scholarship for Professional Achievement has been created to recognize future business leaders. Keith Mann is the CEO of Dynamics Search Partners and his profession is in staffing and hiring strategies, with an expertise in hedge fund compensation. Keith wants to assist in ensuring that the recipients of the award will ultimately use their degrees in achieving their professional goals.

Keith Mann is not only committed to supporting the goals of the Uncommon Charter High School, but to help the students follow through in becoming a successful professional in the world. Keith is looking to expound on his philanthropic duties by announcing that the scholarship will support the Uncommon School’s mission to continue to prepare low-income students for college and their professional careers. As a professional himself in the executive search industry, it is only befitting for Mr. Mann to invest in the lives of future business leaders, owners and professionals. Giving back to the youth and having a goal for future graduates to work toward, sets a positive tone in the Brooklyn community.

The scholarship is open to all graduating seniors in Brooklyn, New York of the Uncommon Charter High School. At the end of March 2016, the recipient of the $5,000 scholarship – to apply towards college tuition – will be announced.

True Dentistry Is About A Lot More Than Just Teeth

In the busy world of medicine for profit, people sometimes forget that there are still medical professionals who actually care. Search scandals and horror stories in the medical profession and you get thousands of hits. It is easy to feel as if most of them are only concerned about “The Almighty Dollar”. So what a refreshing surprise it is to learn about a man named Avi Weisfogel, DDS.

Dr. Weisfogel, DDS., is a man on a mission. A dentist in Old Bridge, New Jersey, looking to make a difference. He has started a GoFundMe campaign to help benefit Operation Smile. In a recent interview Dr. Weisfogel, DDS., was quoted as saying “Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. The organization wants to ensure that every child knows no matter what life throws at them, they will always have hope.”. With Avi Weisfogel setting a campaign goal of $2000, he is making a great start.

Avi Weisfogel, DDS., has been a man long passionate in educating and helping others in understanding dental care. For him, supporting Operation Smile is choosing to give each child hope for a brighter, healthier tomorrow.And making Operation Smile the beneficiary of his GoFundMe campaign is an excellent start.

Operation Smile was founded in 1982 by Bill and Kathy McGee. It has since formed a global network providing more than 220,000 free medical procedures. Their services help young adults who suffer from cleft palates, cleft lips, and other dental deformities. In a world where facial appearances seem to carry so much weight, the chance to have a smile that is a bright, shining star is sometimes a miracle in a child or young adults eyes.

Dr. Weisfogel  is a man from an ordinary town who believes the children truly are our future and wants to reach out and help them in any way he can. Most likely he will never win an academy award, or a Nobel prize, but he deserves our praise and thanks all the same. This is a man who should stand and take a bow, being applauded for being a good man, a decent human being, and a true doctor for the soul, as well as the mouth.

For more information on how to help Dr. Avi Weisfogel reach his goal, please visit https://www.gofundme.com/aviweisfogel. You can also find a wonderful video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O0BEWJeD5w8.

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Keith Mann Shows His Backing For The Police In The Face Of Protests

Businessperson and philanthropist Keith Mann has taken the time to show his support for the New York Police Department as protests grew over a suspected police shooting. The NYPD had been under pressure at the start of 2015 over its role in a police shooting, which had resulted in protests and reports of attacks on police officers across the city. Keith and Kelly Mann explained the reasons for their support of the police in a press release published through PR Newswire that explained they had provided lunch for officers at the 54th Precinct on two separate occasions.

Keith Mann is the founder of Dynamic Search Partners to extend his skills as a head hunter of executives for the hedge fund industry. Mann embarked on this career after spending more than a decade working in recruitment for the financial industry before embarking on a new venture for himself.

Despite the success Keith Mann has enjoyed as a recriutment specialist for Wall Street he has often shown the largest amount of pride in his work as a philanthropist. Mann has not only looked to provide support for the police department, but also works to allow young people in need to complete an education preparing them for college through the Uncommon Schools system. Students preparing to apply for college can gain expert advice in creating resumes and preparing for interviews through the schools Mann raises funds for on a regular basis.

Keith Mann decided he and wife Kelly should show their support for the NYPD by providing a free lunch for the 54th Precinct as close family members work in law enforcement. The knowledge that the vast majority of police officers are hard working and looking to aid society drove the Mann’s to make a statement at a time when the NYPD is under growing pressure. Keith Mann also explained how he hoped his actions would show the general public how even a small action can change the relationship between law enforcement and the public.

The full PR Newswire article is available at: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nypd-receives-support-from-new-york-philanthropist-keith-mann-300037143.html

Avi Weisfogel Begins Campaign For Operation Smile

Dr. Avi Weisfogel, who has been a dentist and researcher for over 15 years, has started a GoFundMe campaign, the proceeds of which will go to benefit the non-profit organization “Operation Smile.”

Dr. Weisfogel’s GoFundMe campaign is hoping to raise funds for Operation Smile, a non-profit organization that provides safe surgical care in third-world nations for children and adults that have been born with cleft lip. Cleft lip can not only make sufferers self-conscious, but it can also contribute to malnourishment and difficulties with speech. Operation Smile gives confidence and health back to people whom otherwise could not afford to pay for surgery nor would typically have access to safe, sterile medical care. Operation Smile services poverty-stricken and warn-torn countries such as Rwanda, South Africa, Honduras, and Vietnam.

Dr. Weisfogel himself has been running his own dental practice since 1999, after receiving degrees from both Rutgers University and the New York University College of Dentistry. Dr. Weisfogel has also taken a very proactive role in educating his community on health, including his seminars on how sleep disorders can potentially be linked to a patient’s dental health.

Dr. Weisfogel has been particularly proficient in the treatment of sleep apnea, also educating other dentists on how to identify potential patients, providing them the proper treatment, as well as securing the necessary treatment for patients. The latter work, which Dr. Weisfogel has been involved with since 2010, is a passion of his that is reflected in his new GoFundMe campaign in order to benefit Operation Smile.

Joseph Bismark: Spiritually Grounded Man

 

On the blog entitled “Newsom Thing Was Going On”, I have read this article about Joseph Bismark being spiritually grounded as a businessman. When it comes to the business world, spiritual would be the last thing I would use to describe the corporate world. As a matter of fact, I have found that most businesses are all about making money. A lot of businessmen tend to be rude to people who are somewhat less fortunate. The different levels of leadership are very obvious due to the power trips and the politics. Reading about Joseph Bismark has been refreshing to me.

Joseph Bismark is a rare type of person. He has risen to the top in the corporate world while staying true to his beliefs. I have found that many businessman tend to shed their beliefs as they rise up. A lot of it could be due to the pressure that one goes through as he takes on new responsibilities. There is also the chance of dropping their spirituality for corporate gain. However, this is a different issue all together.

Joseph Bismark has undertaken the demanding task of establishing a business. He has maintained an optimism and a willingness to deal with the challenges that come with the establishment of a business. He has gracefully worked through the challenges and has established one of the most successful businesses. One good thing about “The Gem Collection” author  is that he is able to use his success to teach people how to become grounded. He also shows people the value of humility and treating others as equals. He is not self seeking. He also would not put others down just to make himself look better. He is a spiritual leader that recognizes the value in everyone. He takes the spiritual lessons he has learned from a young age and applies it to every aspect of his life.

Local Police Officer Helps Student Buy a Car

Lately in the media there has been a lot of negativity around the actions of police officers in the line of duty. Not often enough do you think of a news story that highlights the great actions of a police officer. However, I saw a story shared on Dr. Daniel Amen’s LinkedIn about a great police officer story out of Jonesboro, Arkansas. He gave a McDonald’s worker a ride home late at night. Region 8 News reports that this officer soon found that student James Taylor was without a vehicle. He had to walk 4 miles home to his apartment every night just in order to get to sleep. Officer John Shipman didn’t think that this was a great idea.

Shipman turned to social media to help James Taylor get a car. He started an online fundraiser, and it instantly gained a great deal of attention. Almost over night the online fundraiser helped to raise over 2,000 dollars for the James Taylor’s new car. Now that James Taylor has a car, he say’s that his life has changed. He is on his way to get his drivers license, and this will surely help him to excel in his life. There are many obstacles that James Taylor will have to overcome to get to his dreams, but the obstacle of transportation is not one of those that he will have to deal with anymore thanks to the help of officer John Shipman.