The Time Is Now... A Letter From The CEO

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Dear Fundholders:

“These are the times that try men’s souls,” said Thomas Paine and "These are times in which our character is being tested; our wisdom, our empathy, our compassion, and our selflessness are being tried," said Andres Spokoiny. 

And certainly, these are trying ours.

Today, we are facing an emergency as a community. Many of our neighbors have lost jobs. Our elderly are shut in. Families are struggling together as they shelter in place. Our agencies – agencies created by our community to care for us, to educate us, to provide a safe place to come together – are being tested as never before.

While each agency is trying to innovate to continue their vital work, their financial resources are drying up quickly. Fundraisers have been canceled, refunds are being demanded, and donations are not coming in. Our agencies, schools, synagogues, and temples are facing financial burdens they may not be able to overcome.

In a few days, in Jewish homes across the world, we will all be asking the same question, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” Well, the answer this year will be drastically different. Because on this night, we face an enemy that is invisible: a virus, and it must be stopped.

But while great minds of the day look for medical solutions, we must find philanthropic answers to heal and protect OUR community. I am not here to tell you which agency, school, or synagogue to support. I am telling you, whichever of those organizations you love or respect, the time to help them is now more than ever!

The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation is so proud of our fundholders. We have the most generous group of people in the state of Texas. We all know the market has gone down; it will eventually go up. More importantly, it’s about us coming together as a community and making grant requests in numbers and amounts never been seen before.

If a fundraiser was cancelled – you can still support it. If you were planning to give later this year – give now. Our organizations are in desperate need of your support today!

A generation ago, Golda Meir came to the United States looking for help for the new state of Israel. She said, “All I am asking is that you feel Jewish. Because if you feel Jewish, you will do what one Jew does for a needy Jew—you will help.”

Golda’s advice rings true today. Be generous.

Make generous grants to the organizations you care about. Do it today.


Meyer Bodoff
President, CEO
Dallas Jewish Community Foundation

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