Why I Give

As Tenzin Gyatso (the 14th Dalai Lama) says the purpose of life is happiness.  I believe the purpose of life is to share happiness with others.  I also believe from the moment of birth, every human being wants happiness and to avoid suffering. Therefore, the question is to how to affect the most change that helps share happiness with others. When I spend my time at the OFJCC, it reminds me of the time I spent at the Kansas City JCC with friends which provided some of my happiest memories growing up.

As a JCC in the heart of Silicon Valley, we face many unique challenges on how to be inclusive with our diverse member base (very different than Kansas City’s). I view this as a challenge and an amazing opportunity to redefine what it means to be a JCC. Helping others find the things they are passionate about is one of the defining principles of a community. I love helping shape communities and seeing them flourish.

It is such a blessing to be part of this amazing community and to see programs come to fruition and grow. I am so proud to be associated with the center and make a lasting impact for future generations to enjoy. Giving is just one of many ways I help shape my community. I look forward to sharing happiness with other families to continue the tradition of enhancing our community.

Hopefully you will say “Hi” the next time we cross paths—that is the start of a better community—and you can tell me why you give…GT-eventspg

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2015. If you would like to make a gift to help support the Oshman Family JCC, donate here

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Lev Mass

Written by Lev Mass

Lev Mass is a Board member at the Oshman Family JCC and also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at XSeed Capital, advising portfolio companies on cloud computing, mobile, and business development. Lev is active in the local Bay Area and national Jewish and philanthropic causes and currently serves as an advisor to Birthright on youth outreach.

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