Texas Strong / Foundation Strong

Posted by Meyer L. Bodoff, CAP®

 

What an incredible two weeks we have just witnessed. It began with that disgraceful march in Charlottesville. Neo Nazis, KKK members, and white supremacists marching with their hateful language and racist messages. Who would have thought that could happen in America today? But it did!

Some people were shocked into inaction. But not the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. We reacted immediately. Foundation leadership immediately approved a grant of $25,000 to be shared with five organizations that we are proud to stand with, side by side, in our effort to combat hate. We called our effort the “We Will Not Be Silent” campaign. We granted $5,000 to each of the following organizations; Dallas Holocaust Museum, Cathedral of Hope, NAACP, Catholic Charity Immigrant Resettlement program, and the ADL.

As our chairman, Rusty Cooper said at a news conference, "The vile seeds of racism will not take root or grow in the dry dusty soil of our community."

Over 8,000 people viewed our Facebook posts on the "We Will Not Be Silent" campaign. Perhaps legendary hero Davy Crockett captured our thoughts about these vile racists marching in Charlottesville the best, “May you all go to hell, I'm going to Texas.”

But outrage turned to horror overnight as Hurricane Harvey devastated our neighbors in Houston. The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation was proud to join the other area Jewish Organizations in our community, in immediately responding. The Foundation made an immediate grant to the Federation Hurricane Fund and joined our fundholders with over $100,000 in total grants to organizations providing services to a devastated Houston. The Dallas community opened their hearts and checkbooks with generosity and love. We are proud of our community and thank the Federation for their leadership. We will not stop our efforts to assist our neighbors in Houston.

And perhaps the point counterpoint of these two episodes is what we will remember. In Charlottesville, the haters tried to separate us. Hate the Jews, hate the Blacks, hate the Hispanics, hate the immigrants.  Watching the horrors in Houston showed us how Texans respond in crisis. No religious or color barriers. No "them against me". Just one thought, help whoever needs it. Blacks helping whites, Christians helping Jews; simply Texans helping Texans and Americans helping Americans, strangers helping strangers. Rusty was correct. "The seeds of hatred cannot grow here, there’s no room because the seeds of love, respect, and charity have fully bloomed."



Be the first to leave a comment...


Testimonials

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation continues to be very helpful in working together to meet the various philanthropic goals and desires that many of my clients have. Meyer Bodoff and his staff are very professional and continue to adapt…
Scott R. Cohen - Waldman Bros, CFP®, CFS®, CAP®
I have the privilege to serve as Chair of Create A Jewish Legacy, the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation's endowment and bequest initiative. That gives me the chance to collaborate with community partners and their donors to ask their const…
Stuart Prescott - Marsh & McLennan Agency Known Locally as Prescott Pailet Benefits
Our family philanthropic fund with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, which we established approximately 5 years ago, has provided us with the ability to plan and organize our charitable giving. First, it has allowed us to contribute t…
Dr. Harlan and Hannah Kay Pollock
The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation, particularly under the leadership of Meyer Bodoff, continues to stand out among community organizations. Most nonprofits, focus on the "how" or "way" donors can give. In my experience with Meyer and…
Todd S. Healy, MSW, CLU, ChFC, AEP - Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, HealyPartners
We have enjoyed a terrific long-standing relationship with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. Professionals and families need a trusted partner, not just one with the knowledge and skills to get the job done, but one with a "heart". …
Lenny Krasnow - M.B. & Edna Zale Foundation
My experiences with the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation as a practicing CPA as well as a lay volunteer have been very fulfilling. In my professional dealings with the Foundation staff, they exhibit a high degree of professionalism and r…
Sandy Kaufman - Stanford Kaufman & Associates
My experiences with The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation have only been positive. Meyer Bodoff and his staff may be the most compassionate and capable group of people assembled in the field of philanthropy in Dallas, TX. They never fail…
M. Alan Alspaugh, CLU, CAP® - Eagle Strategies, LLC
Our relationship with Dallas Jewish Community Foundation goes all the way back to its formation as a separate entity in 1999. We are very proud of this relationship and continue to enjoy watching the Foundation grow in size and stature as …
David Rosenberg - Thompson & Knight LLP
As an attorney (and CPA) who often represents families involved with complex tax and estate matters relating to wealth preservation and transfer strategies, it is reassuring to know that the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation is available a…
Josh O. Ungerman, P.C. - Partner, Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins, Crouch & Ungerman, L.L.P.

Contact Us

Dallas Jewish Community Foundation
Byrna & Joe Funk Family Philanthropy Center
12700 Hillcrest Road, Suite 201
Dallas, Texas 75230

E-mail: info@djcf.org
Phone: (214) 615-9351
Fax: (214) 363-5942