Funders' File Fall 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Chay John at

It's almost that time of year where we gather with family and friends and chow down on some delicious and savory holiday dishes. A lot of people are not as fortunate to have all the delicious food at their fingertips. Foster Kids Charity has a goal to pass out 125 plus Thanksgiving food bags to foster families this holiday season. We want to do our part to help foster children and their families this holiday season. We need your help to do so. Foster Kids Charity provides $40 gift card to each and every one of the families we serve in order to help with their Thanksgiving food needs.

Amount Requested: $5,000

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: $20,000

BBYO International Convention (IC) 2020 is coming to Dallas from February 13-17, 2020 and BBYO North Texas Oklahoma Region (NTO) is already preparing for our Movement's biggest moment to date. We are seeking community support to welcome over 3,000 Jewish teens to Texas! Host our International Delegation before IC, become an official IC Brand Partner, volunteer, or join us for the celebrations — we want the Dallas Jewish community to be involved.

Amount Requested: Volunteers

The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) offers Dallas area Jews interest free loans addressing a variety of needs such as medical, education tuition, higher education debt consolidation, fertility/adoption, special needs and Jewish heritage. The loan program for higher education debt consolidation has been immensely popular since its inception in 2017. College debt has exceeded credit card debt in the U.S in recent years. DHFLA's higher education consolidation loan repayment is one of the best, at 100%, and with the amortization of these loans at 6 years the rate of funding exceeded loan repayment. Currently nineteen borrowers benefit from this loan, with 13 more wait listed. We are asking for your help in order to make this loan available to wait listed applicants. Helping young adults to rid themselves of the burden of interest helps our community overall. These new graduates will better have the ability to invest in their families and the community as donors, homeowners, and more, instead of paying interest over long periods of time. Our community has grown dramatically, and so has its needs. The DHFLA needs your support more than ever, to expand our loan base to meet the demand of our growing 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

At the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL), we believe that every Jewish child deserves an excellent Jewish education, no matter the size of their community. We also know that even in southern communities lucky enough to have Jewish professionals, many religious schools are still staffed by laypeople. These dedicated volunteers are doing their best to educate their students, even if they fear they’re “not professionals.” With our accessible, trans-denominational education program, the ISJL assists all teachers, helping elevate educational experiences so students are more likely to engage in Jewish life. The ISJL’s pilot education program began with 10 communities in four states; today the program serves dozens of communities across a 13-state southern region, and our largest footprint is in Texas. In the Dallas/Fort Worth area alone, we serve seven congregations. One of the dynamic ways we meet the needs of our communities is by putting staff on the road to directly teach, serve, and engage with our education partners. We do this primarily through the ISJL Education Fellowships. These two-year fellowships provide recent college graduates with full-time employment, professional development, and an incredible opportunity to impact the Jewish community. The program has been successful both in providing communities with rich Judaic connections and support, and also in cultivating the next generation of Jewish leaders. Our request in this listing reflects the annual cost (salary, benefits, and all related expenses) of one of our ten Education Fellow positions.

Amount Requested: $50,000

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 almost 900 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: $280,000

Funds are requested to allow senior staff attendance at regional and national workshops relevant to the work of the Dallas Jewish Historical Society. Staff who attend conferences or online training not only increase their knowledge base on behalf of the organization but attendance is seen as a benefit, an incentive and increases longevity in the position.

We would like to send the Archivist to the Northeast Document Conservation Center Digital Directions Conference in 2019, to increase her knowledge of digital project planning, standards and best practices in Digital Preservation. This aligns with our current goal of becoming a fully digital repository by our 50 anniversary year in 2021. Sending the Executive Director to the Southern Jewish Historical Society Annual Conference promotes the collection of new ideas, new contacts for both our archival work and our lecture series, and the development of relationships with other historical societies throughout the southern region. Learning from one’s peers and gaining new perspectives on avenues for program development, fund development and other areas of historical society administration, provides valuable tools for executive development and the health of the agency. As a small agency, we are not able to regularly provide such advantages to our staff in spite of the benefits which accrue to both the organization and the individual staff.

Amount Requested: $3,000

Akiba Academy and Ann and Nate Levine Academy are collaborating on a garden project inspired by the Ariel Sharon Park in Tel Aviv. Akiba and Levine are joining forces and to create beautiful green garden spaces on both campuses. To create and sustain the gardens at a level of excellence we would like to hire a shared Garden Educator who can support our teachers and students and maximize the beauty and the educational potential of the gardens. The Garden Educator will lead garden science and nutrition education classes and provide professional development training for teachers. The Garden Educator will be a resource for teachers as they plan their own cross-curricular lessons in the outdoor classroom Garden-based learning encompasses programs, activities and projects in which the garden is the foundation for integrated learning, in and across disciplines, through active, engaging, real-world experiences. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) in the garden curriculum provides opportunities for students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to real life. Students will experience hands-on, project based learning opportunities, arts and technology enriched lessons, and the opportunity to work in their own living laboratory. The Garden Educator will oversee and coordinate students' hands-on experiences in the garden (planting, tending, harvesting and cooking), and will build involvement in and commitment to the school garden within the school community, including teachers, students, parents and community volunteers. Together, the Akiba and Levine gardens can flourish and thrive.

Amount Requested: $15,000

Yavneh Academy is seeking funding to enhance and support outstanding extracurricular math and engineering (STEM) programs. For several years, Yavneh’s Math Club has participated in Texas A&M’s Algebra 2 Math Competition as well as Yale University’s MMATHS competition. At A&M, Yavneh’s team placed 1st three times; as individuals, Yavneh students have placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. At the Yale MMATHS competition this year, the Yavneh team placed 2nd. In addition, Yavneh’s Math Club created the Jewish High School Math League, an international online math competition that has grown to more than 1000 participants representing 50 Jewish high schools from 6 continents. Yavneh’s students create the content and coordinate all logistics of this competition. Similarly, Yavneh students participate annually in the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education’s national engineering competition. Teams work to engineer creative answers to problems and compete annually at CIJE Innovation Day in Los Angeles. In 2017, Yavneh’s team won first prize for a device which detects swimmers in trouble. This year, two Yavneh teams are competing: one developed an alarm system to alert diabetics from their sleep when blood sugar levels go too high or low; the other developed a portable GPS-based “electronic fence” for children or Alzheimer patients, which alarms if they wander beyond a setpoint, and displays information for a passerby to assist. We are very excited about the talent and potential of our students and seek funding to offset the significant costs for the students and the faculty associated with these prestigious competitions.

Amount Requested: $10,000

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