Did You Know?

Many things happen behind the scenes of the Foundation that further reinforce its efforts to always move the community forward. Did You Know? is now a dedicated space each month to share things you might not know about the DJCF.

It's the actions of others when no one is looking that are most telling.


What can be… with your help

Our Fundholders are improving our community each and every day. Some Fundholders asked how, collectively, their grants to agencies do that. So a few times a year we are going to share the previous month’s grant totals on our website. 195 Grants totaling $790,932.49 were made from Donor Advised Funds in the month of July from DJCF and its affiliates. When our fundholders make grants, we are doing more than patching a roof, giving to a building fund, or repairing an elevator. These grants affirm our meaningful relationships, shared values, and a sense that our stories are connected to the larger story of building a vibrant Jewish and greater Dallas community.


Charity, charite, caridad, nachstenliebe, carita. This is charity in English, French, Spanish, German and Italian.

Charity is an important word in any language. You may have noticed the Hebrew equivalent is not included. This is because in Hebrew there is, simply, no word for charity.

Instead, the word TZEDAKAH is used, which translates to justice. Judaism simply does not allow us to consider charity as an option, it is required. It is an obligation to seek justice, aid the poor, comfort the neglected, care for the ill, and support education. For the betterment of our community, we donate, collect, and distribute funds, all in the spirit of tzedakah… in the spirit of justice.

This is a bond that will always unite us. This is a bond that will bring us together. This is the spirit and soul of the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation. 

Giving Turns To Growing

If you missed last month's Did You Know?

A distinctive feature of our college scholarship program is we allow donors to add unique criteria, knowing that our foundation will discreetly find the right recipient. Of course, this type of criteria is not made ‘public’ so it is omitted from the annual scholarship printed program. We have many scholarships for students that have had difficulties in their lives either because of physical disabilities or other situations. Here’s a recent story of a scholarship that is only for ethnic or racial minority students. Especially given some recent troubling events we want you to know this.

While distributing this past spring semester’s scholarship grant, the DJCF noticed a course listed in the recipient’s class schedule: Jewish American History. Given this student isn't Jewish, we asked if receiving a scholarship from our Foundation played a role in selecting the course. Her reply:

“Yes, it absolutely did!

Your Foundation helped me so much, when I saw that a Jewish American History class was available I immediately signed up for it before it got full.

It will give me the opportunity to understand more about the generous Jewish community and what they had to face throughout time and it seems much more interesting to me than just regular American history."

Faces Of The Foundation

We believe that the Jewish Community Foundation is one of the lowest cost, most efficient, best managed foundations we know of...
Joyce and Selly Belofsky
While I was giving birth to my son three years ago, I went suddenly blind. I had to move forward with my life, so I decided to get a guide dog, Roxi. Thank you for caring, and for being so generous. You are changing lives...
Chag Sameach, Ruth & Roxi
We delight in the vibrant, diverse, active, growing greater Dallas Jewish community, and feel our participation with the DJCF assures its continued growth and development...
Carol and Harold Pinker
Through the visionary grant of the DJCF, the Gardens of Friendship project is opening the world of gardening to our children, helping them grow and bloom along with their gardens...
2016 Gardens of Friendship Project Recipient
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
Establishing a scholarship fund at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation has proven to be an immense joy to clients who have done so...
Ira Silverman, Silverman Goodwin LLP
The two time assistance from the Priya Fund allowed us to focus on the physical aspect of the treatment. Thank G-d, we are now the proud parents of Ari and Eliana...
Shira and Dmitriy Olukhov and Family
For me, the reward of being a DJCF fund holder is equally matched by the honor of serving on a DJCF scholarship committee...
Ann Zimmerman Gallant
I am forever indebted to DJCF for their generosity in awarding me scholarships* to receive my college degree...
Jordan Herskowitz
Having a DJCF donor advised fund for many years has greatly simplified our charitable giving. Through our donor advised fund, we are able to recommend grants to many worthy organizations and fulfill our desire to help make the world a bette…
Julie and Scott Miller and Family

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