Funders' File Spring 2019 Edition
Welcome to our online edition of Funders' File, a publication of special programs in our community which are in need of support.
Building a strong future for the Dallas community has always been our priority, and we are pleased to continue bringing to your attention several interesting initiatives. Submissions to Funders' File are voluntarily provided by qualifying organizations, and offer a valuable resource to you.
If you are a DJCF fundholder, and wish to support any of the below projects, please use your traditional method of grant recommending. We invite you to make a difference in our community by supporting one of these worthy projects below.
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The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association offers Dallas area Jews interest free loans addressing a variety of needs such as medical, higher education, fertility/adoption, special needs and Jewish heritage. The $25,000 Student Loan Consolidation enables individuals just beginning their careers, to be free of the burden of debt and save thousands of dollars a year in interest. This loan has been well utilized and is now temporarily suspended due to fund depletion. Currently nineteen borrowers benefit from this loan. We are asking for your help in order to make this loan available to the many wait-listed applicants.
Thank you for your consideration of this important work fulfilling the Torah mitzvah given in Parsha Mishpatim to lend to fellow Jews and for borrowers not to loan at interest. This is truly the mitzvah that keeps giving. Loans are repaid, then loaned out again and again. Our community has grown dramatically, as have its needs. The demand for these programs is at an all-time high. With 93% of assets loaned out in the community, the DHFLA needs your support more than ever, to expand our loan base in service of our Dallas Jewish community.
Amount Requested: $100,000
The Chevra is Dallas' orthodox burial society, but cares for Jews regardless of affiliation, and serves funeral homes across North Texas. Unfortunately, increasingly in recent years, economics have dictated the choice of cremation over burial. Abraham's caring for Sarah established a fundamental Jewish principle: that burial preserves the dignity of the deceased. The Chevra is establishing a fund to be able to assist families in an emotionally and financially challenging time. The Chevra plans to supplement what a family would pay for a cremation, and pay the difference between cremation and burial. Additionally, the Chevra's burial fund would be able to front funeral costs until an insurance reimbursement is received. The Chevra's goal is to eliminate the economic barrier to burial, so that all Jews can emulate our forefather Abraham's example.
Amount Requested: $36,000
Since its inception in 2007, the Jewish Family Services' Community Chaplaincy Program and Rabbi Wolk have made a significant, positive impact to our Jewish community, especially those who are not affiliated. Our Chaplaincy Program lead by Rabbi Wolk, often serves as the first point of contact for many in our community during important life events, whether offering comfort to families at hospital or hospice visitations, guidance and education on Jewish tradition and practice, or being there for our communities' aging parents or other loved ones in their last days. The demand for services has grown tremendously. JFS' Chaplaincy program served 664 older adults last year, an increase of 38% since 2015. In addition to the mentioned services, Rabbi Wolk provides weekly classes in 19 locations and works with those one-on-one with anyone in need beyond the older adult community. As Dallas' only Community Chaplain for the Jewish community, Rabbi Wolk spends countless hours serving others. Rabbi Wolk and Jewish Family Service are committed to continuing to provide the highest level of services to anyone who is in need, at risk, or in crisis. We need your support now, more than ever, to meet the current and ever-increasing needs of our aging "baby boomer" community, additional senior communities and increased demand for programming and visitation. Please partner with us in this critical work with older adults and those in times of illness or others in distress.
Amount Requested: $50,000
Many Jewish students at UT and surrounding universities are unaffiliated, not interested or disconnected from Jewish life. They are not being reached by any of the Jewish programming in and around campus. How do we get the unaffiliated, not interested or those estranged from the community to connect to Jewish communal life? This huge void needs to be filled. JTRIBE is a grassroots movement of diverse Jewish students who come together for social events, social action, Jewish education, cultural awareness and mentoring events: a unique mix of peer-to-peer Jewish programming, mentorship, community service, leadership development and social fun. JTribe sets up a road to discovery, connecting to their Jewish roots and heritage and building strong relationships with the Jewish community which will continue after graduation. Jewish social and cultural events are run by the students: speakers, music, socializing, Shabbat and holidays Friends reach out to friends and acquaintances and are engaging them in Jewish programming. Close-knit networks are built in a social setting. JTribe's program empowers our lead interns to engage fellow Jewish students on a peer-to-peer level: Many are unaffiliated and on the fringes of the Jewish community and are outside Greek life. The program works by creating organic social networks based on shared identity and social values. Social and educational Jewish activities are planned outside of our center, on campus and the surrounding environs An increase in anti-Semitism and a decrease in student participation makes imperative to reach out and engage young Jews on campus. The JTribe program can make the difference!
Amount Requested: $10,000
"The Blue House," a documentary film by Mark Birnbaum, chronicles the early Jewish history of Dallas as seen through the lens of "The Blue House," the early home of the Max Rosenfield family (former developer and past president of Temple Emanu-El) and the last Queen Anne Victorian in the once-Jewish Cedars area of Dallas. The film documents the frantic activity required of that community upon discovering a bulldozer parked in front of The Blue House three years ago on a chilly Friday morning in January, set to knock down the building on Monday. This historical structure has withstood the ravages of time and remains as a monument to perseverance and the dedication of the modern Cedars neighborhood and a dedicated conservationist community who rallied to save it from the wrecking ball. The Blue House has been lifted from its foundations and moved a dozen blocks down Ervay Street to settle onto a new foundation on a lovely corner lot on residential Beaumont Street in the Cedars, where the developer plans to restore it to its former glory. As a part of the collaboration with the Dallas Jewish Historical Society, we need additional funding to complete this story of Dallas' past and present. The film will be shown through film festivals and special screenings.
Amount Requested: $5,000
Over the past decade the AFJCC has embarked upon a systematic, layered security approach based on funds available. Our first step was the installation of security cameras. Next a grant from the Department of Homeland Security funded a partial perimeter fence. Finally security guards and off duty police officers were hired. A new guardhouse and entry was constructed emphasizing our need to vet anyone entering the campus. Thankfully the AFJCC, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, Department of Homeland Security and generous donors have helped us reach this point. Each day thousands enter and exit the AFJCC. With hundreds of programs and thousands of meetings, the AFJCC is busy from the moment we open until we close. We have a diverse population where all are welcome regardless of race, age, or religious denomination. We are the heart of the Jewish Community and reach more than 50,000 individuals from 13,000 households. We have over 200 preschool children here daily and during the summer 700 campers. Each day we also have hundreds of seniors with us. Annually the AFJCC hosts the community wide Israel Independence Day celebration, the Bagel Run; a large community run held on Mother's Day, and other events drawing large crowds. Securing all who enter our campus is above all else, and continues to be our highest priority. The AFJCC remains focused on providing a safe campus for our community. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated to help the J defray the rising but necessary costs of security.
Amount Requested: Any gift is appreciated.
Each year over 45 puppies are raised in the Dallas Metroplex through a network of 65 volunteer puppy raising families. These volunteers, mostly students, provide the foundational training such as good socialization skills and house manners. Your support would feed and nurture these amazing future canine heroes as they prepare for formal training to become guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired.
Amount Requested: $1,000