Funders File, Winter 2021 Edition

Our winter 2021 edition of Funders File, a publication of special programs in our community which are in need of support, is listed below!

We have a long list of nonprofit agencies - our custodial partners - that invest their assets with the Foundation and this is their opportunity to share their most urgent needs and/or transformative programs.

It’s this reason we created Funders File. A “sounding board” for our partners wanting to promote their programs to a community who is 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. Submissions to Funders File are voluntary and offer a glimpse to a variety of needs in our community.

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. If you are a fundholder please use your traditional method of recommending grants to support these efforts.
If you have any questions, please contact Chay John at

*Submissions are posted without edits.


Program: West Dallas Initiative - School Uniform Support
Amount Requested: $5,000.00

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. 35% 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. NCJW partners with four elementary schools Stevens Park, Arcadia Park, Gabe Allen, and Eladio Martinez. Our partnership includes providing necessities for school success: 500 backpacks, 3492 uniforms, 3411 pairs of underwear and socks, 345 pairs of shoes were distributed in August 2021. The new DISD West Dallas STEM SCHOOL has asked for us to help supply uniforms for their students. We are seeking additional funding to extend our support of students and families in this area to this growing school.



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: Laptops for Teens
Amount Requested: $8,750.00

In today’s tech age, growing up without access to a computer and the Internet is a major disadvantage. For most adolescents, accessing a laptop is not an issue. However, it is a different story for youth in foster care. Less than 20 percent of foster youth own a computer. That disparity might play a role in higher dropout rates, less success on the high school exit exam and lower rates of college graduation among foster youth. Our laptop program is in need of 25 laptops in DFW for teens in foster care.

We budget an average of $350 per computer.

A $350 contribution to our nonprofit would purchase a laptop loaded with software, a backpack, and technical support for each child in formal foster care. Thank you for supporting our initiative in providing a technology access in the foster care system.



Program: No Interest Higher Education Loans
Amount Requested: $4,000+

The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) provides interest-free loans to Greater Dallas Jewish students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The cost of higher education continues to increase, and financial aid and scholarship are often not enough to cover a student’s expenses. For these reasons, the DHFLA board voted to increase our no interest student loans to $4,000 per semester to better meet the needs of North Texas Jewish students and provide an affordable way to subsidize higher education studies. We hope by providing more money at zero interest, students can reduce the amount of interest-accruing private loans that they need to take to afford their studies.

$4,000 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 $95/month payments while they are in school. Six months following graduation, monthly payments increase to complete repayment with in six years.

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: Jewish Indigent Graves Permanent Marker
Amount Requested: $1,500.00

The Tiferet Israel Aguda Achim Cemetery participates in the Dallas Jewish community indigent burial program managed by Jewish Family Service. Over the years, we have accumulated fifteen indigent graves without markers. We have recently arranged with a local monument company to provide a simple marker for $100 each. We are requesting a grant of $1,500 to provide markers for these unmarked graves. Please contact Ed Jerome, Vice President and Co-Chair of Cemeteries for Tiferet Israel, at 214-696-1111.



Program: Mikvah Israel Renovation
Amount Requested: $1,000,000.00

Mikvah Israel was built in 1996. The mikvah has not been updated after decades of high usage from across our diverse Dallas community. Additionally, the design and aesthetics are dated, and parts of the building are in disrepair.

While Mikvah Israel attracts women from all areas of the Jewish community in Dallas because of its values and vision, the physical structure in its current state stands in the way of fulfilling our mission and vision. New residents and frequent users feel that the structure is not up to communal standards. The location, staff and volunteers are ideal but the building is a deterrent to coming.

In addition to the immersion of one's body, mikvaot are also used by some for new kitchenware. The new mikvah will continue to allow anyone access to a new keilim mikvah, which would be more protected from the outside elements than the current keilim mikvah and include better functionality like a countertop, etc. The mikvah is the cornerstone of Jewish life and community. After 25 years of serving as a staple of the greater Dallas Jewish community, Mikvah Israel now needs a facelift so that it continues to serve its purpose and our community for the bright Jewish future in Dallas.



Program: Special Needs assistance for Jewish youth in Dallas
Amount Requested: $18,000.00

The Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS) Special Needs Program 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, 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 23 children with special needs. As of today, our 2021-2022 Special Needs Program budget is operating over-budget due to the tremendous need within our 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 or call (800)729-5277.



Program: Veterinary Financial Assistance (VFA) Program
Amount Requested: $50,000.00

Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) is asking for $50,000 for our Veterinary Financial Assistance (VFA) Program, serving clients and volunteer puppy raisers in Dallas. Our VFA Program supports veterinary care for guide dogs, retired guide dogs, and puppies being raised by volunteers to become future guide dogs.

GDB is a world leader in supporting the veterinary needs of a guide dog throughout their lifetime. Not only do we provide guide dogs at no cost to our graduates, but we also commit to supporting the veterinary needs of our guide dogs throughout their career and beyond. The VFA Program has become even more important since the pandemic hit. Over the past year, many of our clients and puppy raisers rely on financial support because they have lost their jobs or have had their employment reduced.

In addition to providing financial assistance to clients, the VFA Program staff also:
· Support clients through their guide dogs’ medical retirement, quality and end-of-life decisions and management of chronic medical conditions.
· Answer general dog health questions concerning issues such as:
nutrition, vaccines, parasite control, ear cleaning, tooth brushing, disaster planning etc.
· Counsel and support clients when they need someone to walk them through a complicated medical issue, a veterinary emergency in the middle of the night, or the end-of-life discussion of a dog that has been a much-loved life companion.

We hope you will help us serve our clients and volunteers in Dallas by supporting our VFA Program. Your gift will have an immediate impact!



Program: Holistic Experiential Education at Akiba Yavneh Academy
Amount Requested: $19,500.00

This past year has been challenging in many ways. As we navigate this school year, we seek to build upon the outstanding and rigorous academics at AYA by approaching our experiential out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities with the same level of value as the more typical aspects of day school education. This initiative proposes an approach that will inspire our students to grow their curiosity and thirst for knowledge, Jewish pride, identity, and leadership.

Students from Pre-School to 12th grade will have the opportunity to go beyond the foundational lessons learned in a traditional classroom, and to apply abstract concepts to a real-world understanding, building on existing concepts, developing new ideas and pushing critical thinking. All academic studies point to the deeper, longer-lasting impact that learning can have when classroom routines are coupled with out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-classroom experiences.

The plan is to incorporate this fully integrated experiential learning into our formal educational model. Each grade level will include experiential programs that will take place at deliberate points during the year. These types of memorable and impactful experiences are expensive. We want to ensure our students have these memorable educational experiences. Due to Covid-19 and the potential need for continued special health and safety protocols, these programs must be modified to accommodate smaller groups, therefore increasing the cost. Please consider participating and helping us provide these stellar experiences to the students at AYA.



Program: The Sh'ma Project: Move Against Hate
Amount Requested: $15,000.00

The?Sh’ma?Project? is?an educational, artistic movement against hate. Resisting the international resurgence of antisemitism, this educational, artistic project is designed to reach young adults?and engage community?across Texas. The?Sh’ma?Project combines dance film, “Upstander Workshops,” and free educational materials into a cohesive?whole. Through the eloquent language of dance film,? Sh’ma tells one family’s story of the Holocaust. The protagonist, based on director Suki John’s mother, journeys from school days to yellow star, deportation to concentration camp, refugee to American citizen. As artists, specifically Jewish artists, we are positioned to engage young people in ways traditional history class cannot. Most students have not had the opportunity to creatively process information about the Holocaust. Student groups participating in pre- and post-screening “Upstander Workshops” will be guided to interpret the difficult content in empowering, creative ways,?to?contextualize?history?and make contemporary connections. Through dialogue, personalization, and expressive movement, young people are safely guided to create collaborative responses to their shared experience. Free educational materials developed through a consortium of respected Holocaust scholars and museums are shared with educators and students. The goal of the?Sh’ma?Project is to create a?safe?space for young people to learn about the?Holocaust?and to converse, explore, identify -- and ultimately reject -- hate speech and behaviors that lead to atrocities and genocide.??



Program: Special Exhibition – “The Girl in the Diary”
Amount Requested: $7,500.00

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum (DHHRM) is honored to host the special exhibition The Girl in the Diary: Searching for Rywka from the Lodz Ghetto from July to December 2022. We respectfully request your support to underwrite this exhibition so that students and visitors can learn this critical history in a memorable way.

The Girl in the Diary will teach students and visitors about the Holocaust through the stories Rywka Lipszyc, a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Poland, wrote in her diary between October 1943 and April 1944. Rywka wrote of the disease, starvation, deportation, fear, and cruelty she witnessed under the Nazis in the Lodz ghetto. The diary documents Rywka's daily life, hopes, and courage.

Rywka’s diary and the special exhibition are powerful teaching tools. They offer a personal perspective of the Holocaust and address racism, life in the ghettos, dehumanization, and resistance.

This diary is central to the exhibition, supplemented by expert commentary explaining the events referenced in the diary. Artifacts and documents illustrate personal dimensions of the Holocaust.

Photographs of the Lodz ghetto, along with Rywka’s account, humanize the history of the Holocaust and give a voice to young Jews who endured similar atrocities. This exhibition helps visitors learn about the Holocaust through a personal perspective and illustrates the ramifications of allowing antisemitism and hatred to go unchecked.

By learning about Rywka’s story through her own words, visitors are inspired to be Upstanders in their own lives and stand up against bigotry, injustice, and indifference.



Program: Clean Speech Dallas - Creating Peaceful Communication
Amount Requested: $100,000.00

Clean Speech Dallas - One Month of Mindful Speech for the Betterment of Humankind

"Clean Speech Dallas - One Month of Mindful Speech for the Betterment of Humankind

The goal of the project, as was done in the pilot program in Denver, and now in Chicago, Minneapolis and Ottawa, is to unite every Jewish entity - from synagogue, to school and everything in between. The Denver program was a collaboration of 55 Jewish organizations! Visit for all the details.

Cynicism and polarized speech are a terrible challenge in the current culture. All participants of the 30-day program will become universal ambassadors of positive speech. In their homes, synagogues, school and workplaces, they will have the tools to combat cynicism and divisive speech and to create healthy, positive conversations. We envision a program that can unite all Jews as a light upon ourselves and the nations of the world.

This program is a unique opportunity to engage all Jews in a way that is appealing and comfortable, on their schedule. They can choose to be more or less actively involved.

There is no cost for any organization to join or participate. Each organization that partners will receive marketing materials to help them promote the program.

DATA has a mission, for over thirty years, to provide Jewish educational opportunities at every level, to engage all Jews in their heritage and to create a sense of Jewish awareness, pride and long-term continuity.

Our goal is to engage 10,000+ Jews in this program in March 2022.



Program: JTribe Student to Student Peer Engagement
Amount Requested: $20,000.00

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 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.

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 it imperative to reach out and engage young Jews on campus. 

The JTribe program makes the difference! YOU make the difference!



Program: Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
Amount Requested: $15,000.00

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.

As we emerge from the disruption and impact of COVID on our students, it has become abundantly clear that in addition to addressing the academic learning needs of our students, there needs to be a greater emphasis placed on proactively addressing their emotional well-being as well.

We have identified Darcheinu, a comprehensive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula and will acquire and implement it as part of our curriculum.

The Darcheinu program includes teacher and student materials, teacher training and support and access to mental health professionals. The goal of the program is to educate and prepare our students for the risks and warning signs so that they are armed to avoid the dangers that exist, such as emotional issues, bullying, healthy decision making, and so much more. Darcheinu’s evidenced based curriculum has the goal of increasing self-esteem and positive social skills.

Mesorah will implement the Darcheinu program over a three year time period, beginning in the fall of 2022.


Program: : Jewish Community Support Services
Amount Requested: $25,000.00

"Since 1950, Jewish Family Service (JFS) has provided culturally competent services to the Dallas Jewish Community. These services include:

Trauma Informed Care for Holocaust Survivors: Through the Older Adults Program, Holocaust survivors receive the trauma-informed care and specialized assistance they need to live safely and independently. The program’s goal is to empower survivors to make decisions about their overall health and wellbeing, confront past traumas, and overcome issues of unresolved grief.

Community Chaplaincy: Chaplaincy Services supports unaffiliated Jews in need of rabbinic consultation, encouragement, and religious advice. The Rabbi performs a variety of services, including community presentations, officiating at funerals, conducting prison outreach, end of life planning, and visits to older adults who are homebound, in nursing homes, or hospital patients.

Food Pantry Kosher Corner: The Kosher Corner is an essential part of the food pantry’s “client choice” model that exists to meet the unmet nutritional needs of Jewish clients who struggle to afford the foods necessary to keep a Kosher diet and celebrate Jewish holidays. JFS is one of the only organizations in North Texas to provide this specialized aid.

Priya: The Priya Fund supports Dallas Jewish couples who are facing infertility by providing partial grants towards future fertility treatments or adoption. The average fees for fertility treatments, not covered by insurance, can range from $800 to over $12,000, while adoption can cost up to $40,000. Through this fund, JFS’s goal is to help couples fulfill their dream of starting a Jewish family.



Program: Cultural Champions
Amount Requested: $5,000.00

Our JCC staff is one of our most important assets. Throughout the pandemic, our staff have taken on additional responsibilities and hours to ensure our programming and meeting the needs of the community is of the highest standard. It is now time to take care of our staff team. After surveying our staff through the Leading Edge Employee Experience Survey, we have identified key areas of growth for our overall agency in regards to the staff experience. Funding will be used to implement professional development, educational tools and develop resources to enhance employee morale and satisfaction in order to create a more supportive work environment. This would include things such as staff retreats, educational materials, mentors, coaching and wellness programs. Focusing on our staff will help to break down the silos and create a staff culture that will inspire our staff and increase their longevity at the J.



Program: 8th Grade Israel Trip
Amount Requested: $20,000.00

Each year, we are able to bring our 8th grade class to Israel for an incredibly meaningful and special trip. This year, due to increased cost of flights and activities, we have incurred an additional expense as a school of $20,000. We would love the support of donors to help us meet our budget for this trip so that we can ensure that the students are able to experience everything they have each year without cutting any programs or special experiences. Thank you for your consideration.



Program:Spend a Day with the Aggies!
Amount Requested: $3,000.00

We propose to invite Dallas high school students and their families to College Station for a day in order to tour Texas A&M University, meet with admissions and financial aid counselors, and spend time with Jewish A&M students who can share their experience and offer advice.

Deciding which college to attend is very important to high school students and their families and studies have shown that students who successfully transition from home to college receive higher grades their freshman year, which predicts overall success in college and beyond. Our goal is to reach out to college-bound young adults in order to create social interactions that connect them with their peers, showcase Jewish Life on campus, and help them choose the right institution of higher learning to achieve their career goals and keep them Jewishly connected.



Program: Do you know any Jewish SMU Alumni?
Amount Requested: $17,000.00

"Dallas Jewish Historical Society (DJHS) and SMU Jewish Studies (SMUJS) propose a new partner initiative to gather oral histories and data about Jewish alumni of SMU. The interviews will focus on their experiences at SMU, their interaction with the Dallas Jewish community, and how those experiences influenced their subsequent lives. SMUJS will recruit students to enroll in a course on Jewish archival research and ethnography with program director Dr. Shira Lander, assisted by guest speakers from the Anthropology department on ethnographic research methods. The course will teach students how to navigate the IRB process that protects the rights and welfare of research participants. DJHS will train students on techniques to successfully conduct oral history interviews with members of the Jewish community, providing standardized questions & interview format. Participants will have the option to meet in person or by videoconferencing, which will enable students to interview alumni who reside outside the DFW area. All interviews will be recorded and transcribed.

Students will learn how to use the Archive at the Dallas Jewish Historical Society and SMU’s DeGolyer library to research and identify potential interviewees. Each student will contact and interview five alumni over several sessions for a total of 2-4 hours per interviewee. Digital copies of all materials will be stored and co-owned by both SMU and DJHS. Materials will serve as the foundation for a book entitled Jews of SMU and be added to DJHS’ current Morton Rachofsky Oral History Project and be accessible on the DJHS website.



Program: Carol & Steve Aaron Financial Assistance Endowment
Amount Requested: Any amount

Since 1953, The Legacy Senior Communities has been dedicated to providing housing and healthcare services to seniors.

Did you know Medicare only covers medical care services (medication management, nursing care, and medical assessments) in Assisted Living, Memory Care, Long-term Care in a Healthcare Center, or Personal Assistance Services at home? Medicare does not pay for the cost of living in a senior living community (room and board, meals, religious or spiritual services, etc.). Residents must pay out-of-pocket. The national average cost of living in assisted living is $5,000 per month while living in a memory care unit averages $10,000 per month.

The Legacy’s Carol & Steve Aaron Financial Assistance Endowment provides financial assistance in perpetuity for rental and/or care assistance at:
· The Legacy Willow Bend – Medicaid rooms in the Healthcare Center for eligible low-income seniors; rental subsidies for eligible seniors at other levels of care
· The Legacy at Home - Personal Assistance Service - services decrease the risk of injury and/or hospitalization for low-income seniors still living at home by assisting with bathing, dressing, meal preparation, light housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments, and daily errands.
· The Legacy Midtown Park - Medicaid rooms in the Healthcare Center for eligible low-income seniors; rental subsidies for eligible seniors at other levels of care

By making a gift, you will ensure that Dallas area Jewish seniors receive the highest quality of services and care, allowing them to live with dignity and comfort regardless of their financial ability.


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