Funders File, Winter 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.
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Submissions to Funder’s File are printed without edits.
Program: COVID Emergency Preparedness Fund
Amount Requested: $30,000
We are seeking $30,000 to support our teachers during this difficult year. Our teachers have been our front line workers here at Levine Academy and we want to show them that we are here for them. $30,000 would allow us to give our teachers extra training and support groups so we can ensure they are caring for themselves while they give their all caring for and teaching our children. It would also allow us to give them appreciation gifts this year to make up for all of the extra hours and responsibilities that have fallen on them to ensure the success of this school year. Thank you for your consideration.
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: The West Dallas Project
Amount Requested: $20,000
In 2016 NCJW began engaging in the West Dallas Community. This neighborhood is 11 1/2 sq. miles with a population of approximately 30,000. 63% are non-white. 30% of the households have income falling below the poverty level. This community has many unmet needs, ranging from food insecurity to under-resourced schools. By working with the West Dallas Multipurpose Center and four elementary schools we attempt to fill some of those needs.
The four elementary schools we work with are: Stevens Park, Arcadia Park, Gabe Allen, and Eladio Martinez. During the August back-to-school drive-through, 550 backpacks and 348 binders were distributed. We also provided the schools with 3492 uniforms, 3411 pairs of underwear and socks, and 345 pairs of shoes. The schools received 18 Chromebooks with the required software. Jackets, scarves and hats will be distributed to schools this winter. To provide for other clothing needs, we maintain a free clothes closet located within the Multipurpose center, open on days that coincide with the Center's food pantry deliveries. At Thanksgiving, we partner withthe food pantry and give away 400 turkeys. Volunteers also serve as reading tutors at Martinez elementary.
The annual budget for this project is $70,000. Broken down as follows: Uniforms and shoes: $46,000. School supplies $,800. Chromebooks and software $5,700. Turkeys $7,500. Underwear, socks and jackets $4,000.00.
Program: No Interest Student Loans
Amount Requested: $24,000
The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) provides interest-free loans to Dallas area Jewish students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The loans of $3,000 per semester provide an affordable way to subsidize higher education studies. The economic impact of COVID-19 has increased the need for financial assistance and DHFLA's Student Loan Program has seen an increase in requests. $3,000 supports one (1) student for one (1) semester. Students are eligible to renew their loans for up to eight (8) semesters (four (4) years of study) so they can complete their degrees. Students make $75/month payments while they are in school. Six months following graduation, monthly payments increase to complete repayment.
It is possible for funders to support one (1) student from first semester to graduation through one (1) gift or multiple contributions. Over the years, DHFLA student loans have helped many Dallas area Jewish students earn a college or graduate degree and achieve their career goals. We appreciate the support of DJCF fundholders who are inspired to help DHFLA meet the needs of Dallas Jewish students.
Program: Security Updates
Amount Requested: $22,000
Torah Day School of Dallas, is now the largest Jewish school in Texas. With our growth, our security needs have increased significantly. Over the past several years, we have installed a new Camera system throughout our campus, rekeyed the entire building, and have two full time School Marshal's on staff. We are now ready to upgrade our access control system to a system that can integrate with the technology that we all use on a daily basis. With this grant, we will be upgrading to a system that allows full tracking of entrance into our campus, and provide the community at large with comfort knowing that all our children are safe.
Program: Tiferet Israel Agudas Achim Cemetery gate and cameras
Amount Requested: $4,000
In the interest of serving the religious and spiritual needs of the Dallas Jewish community, Tiferet Israel operates a cemetery offering the lowest cost Jewish burial plots in Dallas County for purchase by anyone who is Jewish. The cemetery was owned and operated by Congregation Agudas Achim from about 1930 until 1970 when Tiferet Israel took over the ownership and operation. The property is well maintained and consists of 6 acres: 1.5 acres has driveways and approximately 1,000 burial plots; 4.5 acres is covered with trees and brush.
There is no gate restricting access to the cemetery. Several times in past few years, we have had illegal dumping of trash and tires. These incidents have occurred as recently as February 2020. The conclusion of a security consultant's survey of the property is to reduce unauthorized access by installing a lockable gate and remote access cameras to monitor activity on the property. Tiferet Israel is requesting donations of $4,000 to install a gate and remote monitor cameras.
Program: The Priya Fund: Growing Jewish Families
Amount Requested: $15,000
The Priya Fund at Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas supports Dallas Jewish couples who are facing infertility by providing partial grants towards future treatments of in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI) procedures, and adoption. The word priya means “fruitful” in Hebrew and comes from one of the first instructions that G-d gave to humanity.
The Priya Fund was created in 2010 at the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation (DJCF) by a grateful Dallas Jewish couple to assist others with the financial impediments associated with infertility or adoption. Thanks to generous donors, the fund has made over $60,000 in grants, resulting in 25 couples assisted and 14 babies by birth/adoption. Since Priya’s arrival into JFS in May 2019, couples have direct access to a continuum of mental health and social services while they are going through the highs and lows of trying to start a family. We have helped 4 couples by awarding $11,500 and one baby born. The Priya Fund is one of the only charitable funds in the country who provides this type of assistance to Jewish couples of every Jewish denomination.
The average fees for fertility treatments, not covered by insurance, can range from $800 to more than $12,000 for one cycle. Adoption can cost as much as $40,000. As requests for assistance continue to increase, funds available to award grants has decreased. Through fundraising, education and community outreach, our goal is to help couples fulfill their dream of starting a Jewish family to build the next generation.
Program: Ammunition Hill: Wall of Honor
Amount Requested: $5,000
As part of Jewish National Fund’s commitment to preserving Israel’s heritage sites, JNF supports Ammunition Hill: a site that holds great significance in the formation of the modern Jewish State.
In the 1930s, the British built a police academy in north Jerusalem and stored ammunition on the adjacent hill, which came to be known as Ammunition Hill. In the 1948 War of Independence, Jordanians captured the site and Jerusalem was split in two. The hill sat at a crossroads and was the centerpiece of defense. Heavily fortified with dozens of trenches terraced into the hill, it was an intimidating obstacle. During the Six Day War, on the morning of June 6, 1967, believing they outnumbered the Jordanians, 110 Israeli paratroopers attacked the hill. In reality, it was the Israelis who were outnumbered. Fierce hand-to-hand combat, heroic behavior and tremendous bravery followed. By 8 a.m., the hill was Israel’s but not without losses—36 were killed, 90 wounded. With the Kotel as the prize, Ammunition Hill became known as the historic site of the battle for the reunification of Jerusalem.
The Wall of Honor is a tribute to the heroism of soldiers from all over the world who have served to protect the lives of others while risking their own. Donors can honor a loved one who served in the armed forces of any country by dedicating a plaque to them on the Wall of Honor at this historic site in Jerusalem for a $5,000 donation to Jewish National Fund.
Program: Richardson Eruv
Amount Requested: $14,000
The concept of an eruv is so essential to Jewish community that the word eruv is often synonymous with “Jewish area.”
What is an eruv?
The word eruv literally means a mixture or blending, as it blends the whole community into one domain. In a communal sense, it allows intermingling amongst members of the community and provides the opportunity for all to share in the togetherness and connection of community. Without an eruv, one is forbidden to carry anything (including children, strollers, prayer books and much more) from a private domain into a public domain, leaving many people limited to spending the Sabbath alone in their homes. We are in the final stages of designing our eruv in east Richardson and plan to begin the installation process before the end of the year. The cost of the entire eruv project is $50,000. We have already raised $36,000 and are looking for someone to sponsor the remaining $14,000.
As the Jewish poet and essayist, Asher Ginsberg, famously said, “more than the Jewish people have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.” Building an eruv and supporting the Jewish connection to Shabbat will undoubtedly be an unbelievable merit to whoever contributes towards it.
Amount Requested: Open
COVID-19 has negatively impacted our finances organization wide by $2.3 million in fiscal 2019-20 and by an estimated $1.7 million in fiscal 2020-21. Expenses include but are not limited to, clinical COVID hazard pay, COVID testing, personal protective equipment (PPE), visitor center staffing, resident screening services, dining disposables, and telehealth services for all team members.
The pandemic has been an especially vulnerable time for seniors. With health and safety our top priorities, The Legacy Willow Bend campus has been locked down since March. It has been emotionally tough for our residents and their families, but we have received support for our decisions. An Independent Living member’s daughter shared, “I wanted to express my sincere gratitude and thanks for the care and services you’re providing for my dad. Legacy has adopted measures swiftly and modified them as necessary given the changing situation and its increasing danger. I thought I could not be happier with my dad’s decision to move to the Legacy, but your response in this crisis has proven me wrong… I know that you all are working long hours and are putting yourselves at risk just by doing your jobs and I am thankful for each of you for helping my dad, especially when I cannot...”
Supporting The Legacy will offset the additional expenses we have experienced to date and are projecting for the current year. This financial impact cannot be borne by our residents, clients, and patients - join us in the fight against COVID-19!
Program: Laptops for Foster Children
Amount Requested: $5,000
Foster Kids Charity is asking for donations to meet our goal of providing 15 foster teens (ages 15-19) with laptops by the end of 2020. A $350 donation would purchase a laptop loaded with software, a backpack, and technical support for each child in formal foster care (i.e. foster homes, group homes, DFPS etc.). Laptops have helped foster teens get their homework in on time, apply to jobs on their own time, and reclaim a sense of normalcy by staying connected to the world. Laptops are essential for day-to-day life in 2020, and we hope you help us provide them to foster teens.
Program: JACK After School Program
Amount Requested: $10,000
The JACK (JCC After Care Kids) Program was created for parents needing after school care for their children. It gives parents a sense of relief as they know their children are coming to a safe and fun environment defined by Jewish values and culture and making lifelong friends with their peers. We use 14 passenger buses to pick-up students at the following schools: Brentfield Elementary School, Bowie Elementary School, and Moss Haven Elementary School and bring them back to the AJFCC. At the AFJCC, we provide space for students to do their homework as well as planned group activities, which range from swim lessons to sports to performing arts to gymnastics.
During COVID-19 many after school programs have closed or are serving in a limited capacity in order to maintain social distancing requirements, so parents are looking for safe, inclusive places for their children to attend. In a normal year, we would form one group and staff accordingly. However, in order to ensure that children from different schools do not mix and to maintain social distancing, we had to form two groups and add more staff thereby causing a deficit in the program.
Any support to assist with this program is greatly appreciated. For more information, please call Rachel Wagner, Youth and Teen Director at (214) 239-7189 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program: Jewish Continuity Future - Feasibility Study
Amount Requested: $50,000
DATA, the premier adult Jewish educational institute of Dallas, has now entered its 29th year of Jewish impact in the Dallas Metroplex. Through its myriad programs, classes, retreats, Israel trips and seminars, DATA has touched thousands of Jewish men and women, young and old, children and teens, of all backgrounds and affiliations.
Over the past 28 years we have observed how the younger generation of Jews have grown more and more distant from their Jewish heritage, lost much of their connection to Jewish ideals and apathy to Israel. The young Jews are our future and we have decided to put most of our outreach focus on Young Jewish Professionals. It is our feeling and that of our students that we will be able to exponentially upgrade our efforts and success in this crucial area with a fresh, new, state-of-the-art facility that these young professionals can call their home. This would be a place where they could get a latte, join a discussion group, watch a Jewish movie or attend a class or meet with a Rabbi or Rebbetzin.
We have identified possible optimal locations for such a facility but, to be fiscally responsible, it is imperative that we commission a professional feasibility study to ensure the viability of a community campaign, especially during these unique and challenging times. We are discussing the holiest of topics – Jewish continuity – our Jewish future. We sincerely hope that your generosity will allow us to make this very important feasibility study a reality.
Program: Museum Artifact Display Case
Amount Requested: $9,655
The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum’s (DHHRM) primary goal is to positively influence behavior through education. Every person who visits DHHRM learns the history of the Holocaust and what happens when antisemitism, racism, and hatred go unchecked. DHHRM recently added two new artifact-rich display cases to the first-floor lobby, which showcase items featuring Richard Cramer and his time as a liberator. DHHRM utilizes artifact cases for special exhibitions to display relevant items from DHHRM’s Library & Archives collection so that visitors can view and learn from these items while protecting and preserving them for generations to come. In order to accommodate additional artifact-rich displays and future special exhibitions, DHHRM needs an additional display case. DHHRM requests $9,655 to cover the cost of the display case. DHHRM’s collection contains more than 14,500 significant Holocaust and human rights items including diaries, albums, correspondence, art, photographs, testimonies, and three-dimensional (3D) objects.
In order to make artifacts more accessible to visitors while best protecting these critical and delicate artifacts, DHHRM will purchase one glass artifact case. This display case will enable DHHRM to better serve the community and its visitors by deepening the understanding of the Holocaust and human rights through tangible remnants of history. DHHRM engages our community in the study of history to ensure we do not continue to repeat the mistakes of our past. The history taught at the Museum speaks to the issues of today and encourages visitors to be Upstanders.
Program: Community Security Initiatives
Amount Requested: $250,000
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas’s Community Security Initiative coordinates with local and national law enforcement and security organizations including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Counterterrorism Center to ensure the safety and security of the Dallas Jewish Community. In early 2020, these organizations assessed that Domestic Violent Extremists and Racially/Ethnically Motivated Violent Extremists (RMVEs) continue to pose a lethal threat to faith-based communities, particularly the Jewish community. Homeland Security agencies also assessed that domestic extremists were using the Covid-19 pandemic to recruit members and incite violence against Jewish and other minority communities.
The Community Security Initiative has four main goals to reduce active threats and maintain a safe and secure Jewish community:
• Community-wide Communications
• Security Site Assessments
• Education and Training
• Constant relationship with our law enforcement partners
From the 34 security site assessments conducted to-date, many have invested in significant upgrades to increase the safety and security the including installation of access systems, alarm systems, panic buttons, door locks, surveillance cameras, Stop the Bleed kits, trauma kits, etc., and security guard services. While this work has increased safety and security locally, much more needs to be done. We seek funds in order to bolster the number of local training and education sessions for the community (32 to-date), to conduct security site assessments for all local Jewish organizations, and to invest in security upgrades to Jewish facilities in the greater Dallas area to protect the Jewish community from these threats.
Program: Audio-Visual Equipment for Safer Outdoor Programs
Amount Requested: $7,469
Congregation Beth Torah is a conservative synagogue family with a rich history of volunteer involvement, including lay led services. In order to maintain community during pandemic times, we are in desperate need of audio-visual resources to enable us to safely conduct outdoor services and programs. Our volunteer Technology Team obtained several estimates, and a local vendor was preferred to support local small businesses also affected during these difficult times.
Program: General Operating Support during COVID-19
Amount Requested: $500-25,000
Akiba Yavneh Academy of Dallas, the only Modern Orthodox ECC-12th grade co-educational school in Dallas, is committed to our mission, providing the best Judaic and secular academic experience to our students.
During these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 pandemic virulent and still on the rise, and economic uncertainty looming, we are dealing with significant challenges as we strive to ensure continuity in education during this time of hybrid learning. Financial support will help to develop a stronger curriculum, especially in STEAM and Judaics, and extracurricular activities, which we will need to adapt to our new reality, and will help provide critical Professional Development for our faculty and staff with investment in state-of-the-art education teaching models and tools. Investment in our ground-breaking Ma’a lot Learning Differences program is crucial as we provide access to exemplary academics to all children.
Most important, funds will have significant impact for our families requiring tuition assistance, our greatest need right now. This school year, more of our families have either had new need for assistance or have a greater need than they did before. With this pandemic causing much strife in our family’s lives, between 60% and 65% of our families receive some degree of significant tuition assistance. Please consider meaningful support to Akiba Yavneh Academy of Dallas. Akiba Yavneh Academy is a community asset. Invest in our community. We need your support now more than ever.
Program: Saving History: The Blue House Project Film
Amount Requested: $5,000
“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.
Program: Blended Learning
Amount Requested: $10,000
Mesorah High School for Girls is a college preparatory school that instills in each student a love of learning and a deep understanding of her unique role as a Jewish woman. Last year’s disruption to learning caused by the COVID-19 pandemic challenged Mesorah to explore new ways to provide a high-quality academic experience for our students in the absence of being physically together on campus. Through our experiences using the Zoom online platform along with Google Classroom, we discovered many positive opportunities for learning even under normal circumstances.
As the new school year began, we expanded our Blended Learning model of instruction, combining online and face to face instruction, including three subjects currently being taught remotely by teachers in East Texas, Baltimore and Toronto. In addition to providing more content and flexible learning opportunities to our students, we have been able to continue instruction for individual students or teachers who were unable to attend classes regardless of the reason, and for the whole school when in person learning was not possible. In August, 2020 we were able to upgrade our technology infrastructure, purchase 8 teacher laptops and four mobile stations which include a large flatscreen TV, camera and supporting hardware on a rolling cart to meet this need.
At this time, we are seeking the funding to complete this project with two more mobile stations which will enable us to fully meet the needs of our students.
Program: Disaster Relief Emergency Aid
Amount Requested: $5,000
Jewish Children’s Regional Service (JCRS) has established the D.R.E.A.M. Program: Disaster Relief Emergency Aid Matching Program to assist families experiencing extreme financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, flooding and other crises. Lorne Abony of Austin, Texas has agreed to match ongoing donations made to this program up to $36,000.
Michael Goldman, Treasurer of JCRS and a longtime member of Temple Sinai in Lake Charles, LA, says that the Temple was heavily damaged in Hurricane Laura. He adds, “This relief program is vitally important as so many families have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic and in the wake of recent extreme weather events. I know many Jewish families that can use some financial relief. Who better than JCRS to step in and bridge the gap?”
With the matching gift challenge, JCRS hopes to raise a minimum $100,000 fund to provide aid relief to Jewish children and families experiencing hardship during periods of extreme economic challenges, unemployment, natural disasters, and social isolation. Many of these families are in the Dallas area. Disaster Relief funds will be approved for families with minor children who demonstrate need from within the region as direct monetary grants, reimbursement for extraordinary expenses in relation to the crisis, or in the form of gift cards to retailers such as Wal-Mart. Financial assistance within this program will be time-limited and support to families may be one-time or carried out over a period of months.