KAVOD 2019 Annual Report
Detailing Allocations and Activities from
January 1-December 31, 2019
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SUMMARY OF KAVOD’S FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES
2019 Allocations: $131,572.00
Total allocations to date (’93-’17): $1,542,463.15
Expenses to date: $75.48
EUDAIMONIA - $3,000.00
Eudaimonia gathers together some of the Boston area’s most creative musicians in the historical music field, performing chamber music that especially features the works of women composers. These concerts support grassroots Boston-based social services or initiatives. Eudaimonia fully organizes and executes each concert to draw attention to the partner organization’s work and to bring it recognition and financial support through audience contributions and visibility. To hear consummate artists using their skills for Tzedakah is absolutely sublime!
FAMILIES ON THE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER—RABBI CLAUDIO KOGAN - $500.00
Rabbi Claudio Kogan lives in McAllen, Texas, Ground Zero for the US border/immigration crisis. Rabbi Kogan has been our shaliach/messenger, reaching out with incredible warmth and compassion to the children and adults who are in legal limbo on the border. He brings clothing, water, food, toys, and gifts to the families who have been released from the detention facilities and are waiting to go home and/or reunite with their families.
Rabbi Claudio Kogan, [email protected]
GESHARIM LETIKVAH / BRIDGES FOR HOPE - $4,000.00
Our friend Rabbi Edgar Nof performs an incredible array of Mitzvot in Israel just about a daily basis. His organization Gesharim Letikvah/Bridges for Hope works with impoverished families, kids with disabilities, new immigrants, elders, and many more people on the periphery of Israel’s social and religious communities, including Ethiopian and Russian olim and children with profound disabilities. $3000 of our contribution provided meals for impoverished children in Haifa’s schools. The remainder supported the rest of their work, including providing meaningful and honorable simchas/Jewish life cycle events for children and families.
Rabbi Edgar Not
Gesharim Facebook page
KUCHINATE - $2,000.00
Kuchinate is an Israeli non-profit that provides psychological and social support for female asylum seekers - women who have fled Darfur or Eritrea and live among the African community in Tel Aviv. These women face oppression and disenfranchisement from the Israeli government, which considers the asylum seekers to be illegal residents. Kuchinate is a collective that trains them to produce crafts as well as to acquire management skills. The organization also provides therapy and a family-like supportive environment for them to cope with trauma, past and present.
Our contribution has been directed through the Good People Fund.
TEVEL B’TZEDEK - $2,500.00
Tevel B’Tzedek is an Israeli NGO that aims to create Israeli and Jewish leadership that is passionately engaged in Tikkun Olam, locally and globally. From Israeli and North American Jewish communities, Tevel’s volunteers do community development work (think: “Peace Corps,” but under Jewish auspices and with Torah-values front and center) with impoverished communities in Nepal, to enhance and advance the livelihood, capacity, and wellbeing of their members.
Our contribution has been directed through PEF-Israel Endowment Funds.
Rabbi Micha Odenheimer
YAD ELIE - $2,500.00
Yad Elie provides school meals to hungry students in both East and West Jerusalem. Currently, they work with 12 different programs across the city. This school year they will provide 70,000 meals to Jerusalem school children. In partnership with our friends at Jewish Helping Hands, our contribution helped Yad Elie provide food and tutoring in Jerusalem for impoverished children, especially Ethiopian-Israeli children.
Our contribution has been directed through Jewish Helping Hands.
THE GOOD PEOPLE FUND - $1,000.00
The Good People Fund lifts great organizations by making their work more visible. Not only does the Good People Fund provide tzedakah but also they make connections to more people who can provide needed funding in a cost-effective and meaningful way.
HEBREW FREE LOAN SOCIETY OF NEW YORK - $2,500.00
Jews have been supporting one another through interest-free loans for thousands of years. HFLS is particularly helpful to recent immigrants. As loans are repaid, the money is “recycled” to help others rent an apartment or start a small business.
HUC-JIR’s MENSCHLICH SOUP KITCHEN - $500.00
They go out of their way not only to nourish hundreds of weekly guests physically, but also to nourish their sense of kavod. They provide food as well as a dynamic, welcoming community environment. HUC partners with law students from NYU as well as volunteers from local high schools and colleges.
HIDDUSH—FREEDOM OF RELIGION FOR ISRAEL - $2,300.00
Israel’s Declaration of Independence, guaranteeing religious freedom and equality to all of its citizens. a non-denominational, non-partisan organization, committed to the idea that realizing the promise of religious freedom will strengthen Israel as a democracy and as a Jewish state. They commission studies of Israeli society, providing crucial date for policymakers; advocating tirelessly for women’s rights; and providing legal defense for victims of religious discrimination. freedom to marry preserving the inherent dignity and freedom of every citizen
Rabbi Uri Regev, Rabbi Michael Chernick
INTRA - Israel National Therapeutic Riding Association – Mitzvah Horses - $2,000.00
utilizing the tools of therapeutic horseback riding to achieve astonishing breakthroughs where other forms of physical therapy fail. people with a wide array of emotional and/or physical difficulties (including wounded soldiers and victims of terror).
Anita & Giora Shkedi
JEWISH HELPING HANDS - $1,000.00
Jewish Helping Hands is committed to the work of tzedakah, justice and righteousness, in the world.Their goal is to reach out to needy and vulnerable populations to help provide the basic necessities of a decent life.
Rabbi Joel E. Soffin
THE LINDA FELDMAN RAPE CRISIS CENTER - $1,500.00
The Linda Feldman Rape Crisis Center in Jerusalem helps survivors of sexual abuse. They also run educational programs for Israeli high school students to raise awareness about abuse and harassment. They provide a Rape Crisis Center hotline
PROJECT EZRA - $3,000.00
Project Ezra supports older adult Jews on the Lower East Side of Manhattan They combat poverty, despair and loneliness, and treat those they serve with the utmost tenderness, love, and honor. Project Ezra augments the below-poverty-level social security of many elders. They also send art therapists to homebound elders, many of whom suffer from dementia, helping them use art to communicate.
SAVE THE SYRIAN CHILDREN - $101,772.00
Save the Syrian Children brings medical supplies to war-torn Syria. Save the Syrian Children brings some of their supplies to Syria through Israel.
[CAN SOMEONE PLEASE RE-WRITE THIS SENTENCE SO IT’S SIMPLER????] All monies distributed to Save the Syrian Children through KAVOD were specially ear-marked for that purpose by the donors. [Kavod receives donations earmarked for this organization???]
Tamar and Phil Koosed
THE SOCIAL COG - $1,500.00
The Social Cog addresses previously unmet needs for independently functioning adults with developmental and learning disabilities. They aim to create social connections between participants and create a sense of community through enriching experiences.