Funder's File Winter 2022
Our Winter 2022 edition of Funders File, a publication of special programs in our community that 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 Mona Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Submissions are posted in the order received and without edits from the Foundation office.
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: Security Needs for Israel's Gaza Envelope
Amount Requested: $180+
"Since 2003, Israeli communities bordering Gaza have sustained ongoing terrorism and arson from hundreds of rockets and incendiary kites and balloons, placing thousands of people’s lives in danger and causing many to seek safety in shelters. The fires and damage sustained have had a tremendous impact on the mental health and livelihood of those who call the region home. Thousands of acres of farmland have been scorched—decimating the region’s agricultural economy—and the number of individuals experiencing and being treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has seen an enormous increase as well. Located in southwestern Israel in the Negev Desert within 4 miles of the Gaza border, approximately 50,000 people comprise this region that shares some 37 miles of border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip. Working with the Eshkol Regional Council, Jewish National Fund– USA (JNF-USA) has made the safety of the Gaza Envelope communities a top organizational priority.
To that end, JNF - USA is raising funds for bomb shelters, Trauma Resilience Centers, the Sderot Indoor Recreation Center, new fire truck and fire extinguisher wagons, and life-saving fire equipment, such as helmets, coats, and axes. This holistic approach is meant to meet both the security and emotional needs of the Gaza Envelope communities. While living on the border will always be challenging, there are ways that we can help to provide greater security and therefore, greater prosperity in this vulnerable region of Israel. Donor opportunities exist for all levels of giving."
Program: Support No Interest Loans
Amount Requested: $5000
The Dallas Hebrew Free Loan Association (DHFLA) is the only organization in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise Counties, and any other county inclusive of Wichita Falls, Texarkana, Tyler, Waco and Longview, Texas that provides interest-free loans to members of the Jewish community, helping people navigate economic challenges and pursue dreams.
DHFLA has seen a significant increase in applications. Through September, we have disbursed over $382,000 – that’s $79,000 more than the total amount we distributed in 2021 and our number of loans has increased by 12% over last year. We are proud that we now have over $1,000,000 in loans out in the community, enabling Jewish community members to navigate financial challenges, address critical needs, and affordably pursue their dreams.
We need community support in order to continue to meet demand. DHFLA loans are funded by donations. With increasing requests for assistance across all loan categories, it is critical that we raise $100,000 in order to continue to provide the hand-up members of the Jewish community need.
Please consider making a gift to DHFLA to ensure we can sustain all of our no interest loan programs and provide peace-of-mind to members of our community facing financial challenges.
We appreciate the support of DJCF fundholders who are inspired to help DHFLA provide affordable financial assistance to members of the Greater North Texas Jewish community. Thank you for considering a gift to DHFLA.
Program: Security Guard needed at School
Amount Requested: $18,000
During the current crisis with regards to safety at schools, Gan Menachem is seeking a grant to help cover our security guard that parents expect at their children's school. It is imperative that each Jewish Day School or Preschool have a full time security guard. We can no longer fund it alone and are looking for help. 37 children come to school daily and we feel this is a basic requirement to keep them safe.
Program: 8th Grade Israel Eductation Experience
Amount Requested: $15,000
The Levine Academy 8th Grade Israel Experience is a very special trip which provides a synthesis of Jewish studies learning as a culminating experience at Levine Academy. We address important issues such as confronting and strengthening Jewish identity before leaving Levine Academy for the "real world". The students travel throughout Israel, many experiencing Israel for the first time and learning about Israel while walking through the land, not just in the classroom. This trip is a chance for students to develop lasting friendships and strong group bonding with their classmates as together they develop a heightened attachment and connection to Israel. This trip is a focal point for the last year, both emotionally and intellectually. Please support our efforts to send all of our eighth graders to Israel each year.
Program: There is Something Special About this Place!
Amount Requested: $10,000
"The JCC of Dallas is a non-sectarian, non-profit social service agency that provides people throughout the DFW Metroplex with recreational, educational and cultural activities for all ages – from infants to senior adults. All are welcome regardless of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or religious denomination. Programs and activities include JPAS (performing arts), Book Fest, Jewish Film Festival, senior Kosher meals, group fitness, yoga, youth sports, summer day camps, tennis, gymnastics, swim lessons, infant care, after school care, preschool, and Kids Club.
Our mission is to bring the community together by providing state-of-the-art facilities and exceptional programs in an inclusive environment defined by Jewish values and culture. The J is a place where lasting memories are made and friendships are built.
For more information about how you can support our programs, contact Katie Donati, Development Administrative Assistant at (214) 239-7136 or email email@example.com."
Program: The Suitcase Project - Starter kits
Amount Requested: $5,000
The Suitcase Project (TSP) fills a resource gap for women transitioning from emergency domestic violence and trafficking shelters to their own transitional living apartments. Because they are fleeing untenable home situations or their traffickers, the women and their children arrive at the shelter with very few belongings, frequently carried in trash bags. TSP volunteers provide suitcases and home goods (starter kits) so the women can begin their new lives with dignity. Currently NCJW Dallas partners with 2 domestic shelters and with youth aging out of foster care to provide support and has plans to expand to other agencies who are seeking our assistance.
Program: Day Habilitation
Amount Requested: $10,000
"CHAI’s Day Habilitation offers a group program five days each week at which participants have the opportunity to fill their days with activities and socialization to learn skills to increase their level of independence. Daily living, shopping and food preparation, hygiene, safety, money management, physical fitness, and volunteering skills are taught through unique activities planned by CHAI’s specially trained Day Habilitation staff members. CHAI’s Day Habilitation also offers weekly field trips which provide positive experiences and socialization opportunities for its participants.
The Day Habilitation program helps fulfill our mission by filling our residents’ days with opportunities to learn and grow in a safe environment. CHAI’s mission is to provide adults with intellectual disabilities with programs and services that enable them to live full and rich lives and to meaningfully participate in the community. Beyond strengthening Day Habilitation participants’ life skills and level of independence, the program also offers community experiences that include twice-weekly workouts at the Jewish Community Center, monthly special needs programs at the Dallas Museum of Art, and regular visits to the public library. Without this program, these individuals would potentially spend their days in an isolated setting; this lack of interaction and stimulation would likely result in a regression of social and daily living skills."
Program: Jewish Student Engagement at SMU
Amount Requested: $5,000
"Hillel at SMU is a Jewish home away from home, a group for meaningful relationships, joyful Jewish celebrations, deep conversations, service, learning, and fun activities. We are a thriving organization serving a population of three hundred and fifty Jewish students at SMU. Some regular programs we offer include the Jewish Learning Fellowship, Bagel Mondays, Shabbat dinners, and Jewish holiday celebrations and programs for Jewish grad students and young professionals. Through this important work on campus, we endeavor to make a difference in the lives of our members as they strengthen the Jewish people and work to change the world.
Under the direction of Rabbi Heidi Coretz since 2004, her student centered, open and caring approach has led to significant organizational growth, now reaching over two hundred Jewish members each year. Rabbi Coretz enjoys one-on-one meetings with students, getting to know them, whether they are seeking spiritual and personal guidance or just enjoying chatting about life over a cup of coffee. As you can imagine, this is time intensive, sacred work. Investing in staff talent is the greatest expenditure of our budget. We hope you will consider a gift to help us continue to serve and inspire the next generation of Jewish leaders in Dallas."
Program: Launch and Initial Fund Raising
Amount Requested: $100,000
"The Dallas Jewish Burial Fund helps cover the cost of a Jewish burial and funeral when the expense would be otherwise prohibitive. In Jewish tradition, burial and the related services are considered a chesed shel emet—a true act of loving kindness—because it can never be repaid by the deceased. The Dallas Jewish Burial Fund supports families in the community as they strive to perform this act for a loved one. Death is final, but it is not inexpensive. In Dallas, the cost for a Jewish burial—including a plot, funeral director expenses, and burial services—is no less than $13,500. For some, this amount is unreachable.
Sadly, therefore, more and more Jewish families in Dallas choose cremation, which costs significantly less.
Jewish law, however, forbids cremation. This practice is considered disrespectful to the body that must return to the earth as “the spirit returns to God who gave it.” The Dallas Jewish Burial Fund offers an alternative for people who might otherwise choose cremation. When financial assistance would help a family avoid cremation, the Dallas Jewish Burial Fund steps in to provide monies necessary for the mitzvah of a burial and funeral. Rabbi Howard Wolk, the Jewish Family Service Community Chaplain, is available to assist the family of the deceased and serves on the board of the Dallas Jewish Burial Fund.
Charles Hirschberg, the Men’s Coordinator of the Dallas Chevra Kadisha, helps arrange the services required to prepare a body for burial. He also serves on our board."
Program: Jewish Indigent Graves Need Markers
Amount Requested: $1,500
"The Tiferet Israel Agudas Achim Cemetery participates in the Dallas Jewish community indigent burial program managed by Jewish Family Service. Over the years, we have accumulated fifteen indigent burial graves without markers. We have recently arranged with a local monument company to provide a simple marker for $100 each. We are requesting a contribution of $1,500 to provide markers for these unmarked graves. Please contact Ed Jerome, President and Co-Chair of Cemeteries for Tiferet Israel, at 214-691-3611."
Program: 40s and 50s programming
Amount Requested: $5,000
We are exploring an avenue of programming that we have not seen anywhere else and will hopefully provide real value to the community at large and to this specific demographic. We will be offering programming to those in their 40's and 50's who are single, divorced or widowed and try to create a space for them to feel comfortable and around those who are in the same stage of life. It is a pilot program and we hope to grow it with a social, learning, and religion focused events and programming.
Program: Building Renovation Project
Amount Requested: $1,800
"You are reading this because you care about the Dallas Jewish community. Please donate to the Mikvah Israel Building Renovation today. Your gift will give families of our community the mikvah they so richly deserve. You see, our mikvah is in dire need of an upgrade. The Dallas women's mikvah hasn't undergone a significant renovation since its inception more than 25 years ago! And annual membership and usage fees don't come close to covering the cost of a renovation. Your donation will go directly to remodeling the six preparation rooms as well as making the kaylim mikvah more user-friendly.
When you donate to Mikvah Israel, you unite Jewish families throughout Dallas. No matter one's background, no matter one's level of observance, Mikvah Israel Dallas will be available to all women who seek its purity...all thanks to your generosity. When you donate, you write the next chapter of this mikvah's 25-year history. When you donate, you seize a sacred opportunity. You create a beautiful space. You perform an act of chesed that will echo for generations to come. Thank you!!"
Program: Summer Camp Assistance Needed Now More Than Ever
Amount Requested: $18,000
JCRS is seeking funding from the Dallas community to provide needs-based financial scholarships for Jewish youth to experience the joys and independence of Jewish sleep-away summer camp. The cost of camp has risen by up to 15% over previous summers due to inflation, COVID protocols, and increased demand. JCRS is dedicated to not only continuing our support of Jewish youth through camp scholarships, but also increasing the amount awarded to each camper. This past summer (2022), JCRS received over 75 applications for camp aid from the Dallas area alone. The need for financial assistance is real and JCRS needs your support to help these children attend camp. A grant of $18,000 would allow for additional funding for Dallas area youth to attend Jewish sleep-away camp now and in the future.
Program: Our New Home
Amount Requested: $30,000
"2022 has seen many firsts for Adat Chaverim. After one year of covid and another of using temporary leased facilities, we have purchased our first permanent home. Still the only Reform congregation in Collin County and counties to the north. We are exploring our outreach possibilities and are considering options for outdoor space. This is the first time in our 25 year history that we can consider creating meaningful interactions in our own natural surroundings.
We have fully renovated the interior and exterior of our building, but our purchase and renovation fundraising did not include our vision of a dedicated area for outdoor learning, meditating, and entertainment. We have identified an area where we can create a pathway, circular meeting space with seating and shade. It is among our 2024 goals.
An image of part of our building and our vision is below. We visualize it as being permanent, but functionally flexible. While this is in the concept stage and will be a separate fundraising goal, we hope that we can raise $25-30,000 to do the project in one stage. This would include landscape preparation, seating and shade, lighting, a pathway and possibly sound system Any support for this project, so it can be completed earlier, increases our options especially educationally and will allow our children and congregation to stretch their experience and appreciation of Judaism, education, and nature."
Program: Jewish Family Service’s Older Adults-Holocaust Survivor Care
Amount Requested: $250,000
"Jewish Family Service of Dallas (JFS) respectfully requests support from the Dallas Jewish Community Foundation to bolster the efforts of the JFS Older Adults-Holocaust Survivor Care (OA-HS) Program and the work it does to support the mental health, health, safety, and independence of North Texas’ low-income Holocaust survivors. Specifically, awarded funds will be used to serve the over 50 additional survivors in the region identified by the program’s outreach and case management staff who need weekly home health services but don’t have coverage or family to help with the costs. Where possible, survivors are connected with Legacy Senior Community’s Home Health care but, currently, the demand is exceeding both our current capacities.
This particularly vulnerable population has experienced a tremendous amount of trauma at the hands of their Nazi persecutors that often resurfaces in the form of grief, anxiety, and a heightened sense of vulnerability, which in turn can have a significantly negative impact on their physical health, resulting in a high need for support. The JFS OA-HS Program works to address this need by offering year-round services designed to help survivors maintain their overall health and wellbeing including in-home counseling, chaplaincy support, kosher meal delivery, transportation assistance, crisis intervention, psychiatric services, caregiver support, and connections to home health services."
Program: Pre-School Playground
Amount Requested: $100,000
"Torah Day School has a current enrollment of 441 students. The preschool division constitutes nearly 100 of our students and we project 120 pre-schoolers for the coming year. TDSD is embarking on a new, modular building for the preschool children. Our dream is to add an exclusive preschool playground, attached to the preschool wing. We are looking at equipment to accommodate 100 children at any given time. If interested in details of the preschool wing or playground, we are happy to provide a tour of our current building and share plans for the future. "
Program: Annie's Place
Amount Requested: $3,600
Mommies In Need recognizes that for many families, childcare can be a barrier to accessing healthcare. We strongly believe that caregivers should never have to choose between taking care of their own health and having safe and loving care for their children. In 2020, Mommies In Need opened Annie’s Place at Parkland Hospital, our no-cost childcare facility for children ages 0-6. Annie’s Place is a state-of-the-art childcare center where caregivers attending medical appointments in DFW can drop off their children. Since it’s opening, Annie’s Place has provided over 20,000 hours of service to over 550 families in DFW, and we have been able to provide childcare for over 3,500 medical appointments. Annie’s Place is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm for families attending medical appointments and we now provide weekend childcare at Annie’s Place for hospital staff at Parkland Hospital, UT Southwestern, and Children’s Health, from 7:00am-7:00pm. Our families are often dealing with complicated diagnoses and medical conditions. In response, Annie's Place has implemented a trauma-informed curriculum that meets a child’s unique social-emotional and developmental needs through play therapy. To date, our play therapist has provided over 350 sessions with children and families. On November 16, 2022, groundbreaking will begin to expand the facility to provide childcare for Parkland Hospital staff during the weekdays, allowing us to serve more families and children. In addition to the expansion, construction of an outdoor playground and learning environment will begin with an anticipated complete date in early 2024.