Funders' File Spring 2020 Edition

Our online edition of Funders' File, a publication of special programs in our community which are in need of support, are listed below!

Many hands make light work as the expression goes and we recognize that when we all work together, the difficult, the challenging and even the impossible, are closer to becoming a reality.

It’s for this reason we created Funders’ File.

A “sounding board” for our partners wanting to promote their programs to a community who’s always engaged and eager to help. Whether it’s supporting mental health, women and children in need, security, or even enriching opportunities as simple as Passover on a campus, it takes the hands of many to make a difference.

Building a strong future for the Dallas community has always been our priority, and we are pleased to continue bringing to your attention to worthwhile initiatives in the community.

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 the worthy projects we’ve listed.

Thank you again for being the best part of all we do.

If you have any questions, please contact Chay John at cjohn@djcf.org.

 

Program: Security Operational Costs
Amount Requested: $280,000

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. There are currently 230 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.

 

Program: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Lab Upgrades
Amount Requested: $5,000

We are looking to upgrade our STEM lab/Maker Space with cutting edge technology. We are in need of a new Smart TV for displaying and projecting instructions and curricular elements for the students and a new 3D printer for our STEM Lab/Maker Space. We are excited for this program to continue to take off as we expose our students to the latest and greatest resources and curriculum in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math.


Program: BBYO Summer Program Leadership Scholarship
Amount Requested: $5,000

BBYO believes in the power of Jewish immersive experiences and strives to ensure that financial limitations are not a barrier towards a teen's participation in a program. Scholarship is based on financial need and we try hard to reduce financial restraints to help teens attend the programs that interest and excite them. BBYO is looking for additional scholarship opportunities for Dallas teens to advance their leadership and Jewish identity by attending BBYO’s Chapter Leadership Training Conference (CLTC).

 

This BBYO Summer Experience has resulted in numerous young leaders further developing their leadership potential and developing friendships with other Jewish teens from around the world through the CLTC program. Additional scholarship resources to send Dallas teens to CLTC offers local teens the chance to develop and strengthen themselves, whether they’ve already taken on a community leadership role, or are looking to lead in the future.


Program: Burial - Not Cremation
Amount Requested: $36,000

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.


Program: Interest-free Education Loan Fund
Amount Requested: $100,000

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 Education loan bridges the gap for families that need assistance to make a vocational/college/graduate degree a reality and to be free of the burden of debt. A solid education, whether it be vocational, college or graduate school, provides the necessary tools for a bright future both for the individual and ultimately our community at large. Thank you for your consideration of this important work fulfilling the Torah mitzvah given in Parsha Mishpatim to lend to fellow Jews without charging interest or fees.

 

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. The DHFLA needs your support more than ever, to expand our loan base in service of our Dallas Jewish community. For donor, families and foundations looking for ways to contribute to educating Jewish students in North Texas, opportunities are available for establishment of named funds or Legacy gifts. For more information contact Deborah Dana at dhfla@jfsdallas.org or 469-206-1639.


Program: Transportation for Holocaust Survivors
Amount Requested: $10,000

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum is fortunate to have Holocaust Survivors living in the Dallas area who volunteer their time as speakers and docents. Volunteer Survivors come to the Museum one to three times a week to share their stories of survival and resilience with students and adult groups. They share the lessons learned from the Holocaust through testimonies throughout North Texas. It is critical that their stories are shared with students, visitors, and the community so that these lessons may live on in perpetuity. Many Survivors have ambulatory issues, and many can no longer drive. The Museum arranges and pays for transportation for Survivors to and from the Museum and social events throughout the community.

 

These events include our International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration, an annual Purim Party, the Yom HaShoah Annual Commemoration Dinner, prayer minyan, and Hanukkah Party. Hope for Humanity, our annual fundraiser, also honors the Survivors in our community. The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum seeks contributions to help fund these expenses so that we can continue providing transportation to Survivors. The Museum’s primary goal is to positively influence behavior through education. Every person who visits the Museum learns the history of the Holocaust and what happens when antisemitism and hatred go unchecked.


Program: Staff Development Through Conference Participation
Amount Requested: $2,500

Funds are requested to encourage 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. Sending the Executive Director to the annual 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. We would also like to send the Archivist to the Northeast Document Conservation Center Digital Directions Conference in 2020, to increase her knowledge of digital project planning, standards and best practices in Digital Preservation. This aligns with our current goal of becoming an accessible digital repository by our 50th anniversary year in 2021.

 

As a small agency, we are not able to regularly provide such advantages to our staff despite the benefits which accrue to both the organization and the individual staff. Funds requested $2500 for both conferences.


Program: Passover On Campus
Amount Requested: $2,500

Passover is an incredibly meaningful time to connect with Hillel while students on campus want to find Kosher for Passover food and other students to celebrate with. At UT Dallas, students share a Chocolate Seder with the campus community to learn about the meanings of a traditional Passover with a delicious twist. For the first time last year UNT Hillel hosted a traditional Seder for students, complete with matzoh ball soup and a student-created Haggadah. Students can also sign up to receive lunches during the week of Passover.

 

To serve North Texas students, Hillels of North Texas respectfully requests $2,500 to support our holiday programming on both UNT and UTD campuses. This funding will enable us to provide a traditional Seder, Chocolate Seder, and student lunches. Thank you in advance for your generosity and support for Hillel’s mission to enrich the lives of Jewish students so they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. 

 

Hillels of North Texas is a home for Jewish life on campus that supports students and encourages them to learn what it means to be Jewish. We inspire this learning opportunity through student-led Shabbat services, trips to Israel through Taglit-Birthright, holiday programming, and student engagement with staff and guest educators. This year we received recognition as a Top 5 Hillel for Growth in Depth and Growth in Breadth, which would not have been possible without incredible peer engagers who learned together and strengthened their Jewish identities through our Hillel.


Program: Special Needs Funding for Dallas Jewish Children
Amount Requested: $18,000

Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS) provides case management and needs-based financial subsidies for Jewish youth for the care, treatment, education, and therapeutic services for dependent children and children facing developmental, psychological or physical challenges. Whether it is language therapy for a speech delay or dyslexia, an appliance for a physical handicap or behavioral training for a child with autism, tuition for a special school for a student with a learning difference or an assessment for ADHD, JCRS explores and addresses each situation individually with sensitivity, confidentiality, and respect. JCRS services are unique and comprehensive, offering support to children that do not fall into the criteria for care or budget of the Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas. 

 

In Dallas, JCRS is currently providing financial assistance or case management for 20 children with special needs. As of today, our 2020-21 Special Needs Program budget is operating over-budget due to the tremendous need within the Dallas Jewish community. A grant of $18,000 would allow for additional funding to vulnerable Jewish special needs children in Dallas. Every dollar allocated for this program is based on the totality of the child’s needs and the opportunities for successful outcomes. 

 

For more information about our programs and services, visit www.jcrs.org or call (800)729-5277.


Program: Project Support for the Mental Health Program and Special Needs Intervention Services
Amount Requested: $25,000

JFS is the only agency in North Texas that provides services for children, adolescents and adults regardless of ability to pay for as long as needed and is the only nationally accredited organization to do so. Services for children and adolescents include diagnostic assessment and testing; play therapy; animal-assisted and group therapy; individual, couples and family counseling; case management; crisis intervention; trauma counseling; psychiatry; and family violence and addiction intervention. Adults who present major depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, autism, etc. are offered state of the art counseling, case management, and psychiatric services. 

 

Due in large part to closures or reductions in services from other mental healthcare agencies or their clinics, JFS is receiving record levels of requests for services. Over 50 percent of JFS clients that access the comprehensive adult mental health services or child clinical and intervention services are underinsured or uninsured and pay $5 or less per visit. 

 

With the rise in requests, JFS does not have enough staff to keep up with the demand. Funds from the Funder’s File would be used toward salary expenses to hire additional staff and support the costs for JFS clients that are unable to pay for mental health services.


Program: TJAA New Music Series
Amount Requested: $10,000

Program overview: Our goal is to implement 4 free, open to the public concerts featuring new music from composers of the Israeli Composers’ League and local professional classical musicians. Two concerts would be for community outreach and two as fundraisers to help provide more of these free concerts to the community of Dallas. 

 

Program Objective: We hope to reach as wide an audience as possible, Jewish and non-Jewish alike in the DFW area. We believe this program represents our main mission: "supporting our artist members by fostering camaraderie, offering educational and social programming, and bringing our artists’ work to the public through varied opportunities and in various locations around the metroplex."

 

About TJAA: The Texas Jewish Arts Association is a volunteer-run non-profit arts organization for the visual and performing arts, committed to supporting our artist members by fostering camaraderie, offering educational and social programming, and bringing our artists’ work to the public through varied opportunities and in various locations around the metroplex. Although we are a Jewish organization, our membership is open to all who wish to join. A community of professional and emerging visual and performing artists, art professionals, and art enthusiasts.


Program: Personal Assistance Services Financial Assistance
Amount Requested: $2,100

$2,100 provides program services for one full scholarship recipient for 3 months.

 

The Legacy at Home (LAH) is a not-for-profit home health care agency offering Medicare-certified home health care and quality personal assistance services. There is a growing number of seniors in our Jewish community living alone without family support; an increasing number are going home from inpatient facility stays without proper help. If a senior does not have the financial means to hire a private paid caregiver due to these services not being covered by Medicare, they are often alone and isolated or putting themselves at risk for re-hospitalization and/or injury. Each month LAH has applicants for financial assistance from seniors that need personal assistance services. Referrals come to LAH from social workers, hospitals, rehabs, skilled nursing facilities and other  community organizations including JFS and the Jewish Federation. To support these seniors, LAH offers personal assistance on a sliding scale fee, but the majority of our clients are full scholarship recipients. We provide assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, meal preparation, eating, housekeeping, laundry, transportation, and companionship.

 

To apply for financial assistance, a home visit is conducted by a social worker. Once financial assistance is approved, LAH provides up to 12 hours of personal assistance services per week. Personal assistance services improve client’s quality of life, keeps seniors safe, and allows them to be socially connected. There is a greater demand for services than current funding available, all gifts made will increase The Legacy’s financial assistance impact in the community.


Program: Safe Place for Jewish Children to Play
Amount Requested: $25,000

We built our original playground more then a decade ago, when we had 200 students in our school. Today with G-d's help we have over 360 children. Everyday all 360 students go outside, run around and get the necessary exercise they need, to be able to go back into the classroom to learn and grow. We need to build a new Playground, and we need to keep these children safe from the Texas Sun. Please partner with us to help the future of Dallas play safely!


Program: Security
Amount Requested: $15,000

Security and armed guards needed!

 

Antisemitic attacks around the country continue. Sadly, there were many violent antisemitic attacks during Chanukah alone. There is growing antisemitism and increased violence directed at Jewish institutions. We are extremely concerned. We have an obligation to ensure the safety of our students. Security is a priority. Our annual security budget now necessitates an armed guard. We easily have at least 600-800 different students and guests who enter our doors annually. We ensure that we have an armed guard at all major events including Friday Night Live, holiday programming, and social events. In the current climate, we would like to have security at any times students are present at our building. Frankly, students, as are we, are worried. They need to feel 100% secure in joining the many events held at the Chabad student center.

 

While security will be established, we are limited in how many hours we can have. We will need to move much needed funds from other programming to ensure that we are able to provide armed guards and patrol at all our events.

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