Tzedakah & Lachma

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 Tzedakah Fund

Keren Tzedakah has been a priority to members of Kol Haneshama since the community’s inception in 1985, reflecting its deep commitment to Tikkun Olam.  Its goal is to provide financial assistance to individuals and families in times of crisis, such as medical emergencies, changed family circumstances or unemployment. The funds are provided typically as one-time payments for medical, household or emergency expenses but may also enable children to participate in educational programs such as summer camps or ongoing youth activities of the Reform Movement. 

Those eligible for grants include members and staff of Kol Haneshama, as well as people from the wider community.  The recipients of our assistance have included local residents from Baka’a and Beit Safafa, asylum seekers and elderly residents of assisted-living facilities.  Applications for grants can be made directly to the office and are processed in strictest confidence.

The Keren also organizes and distributes food packages during holidays to the elderly, loan soldiers and a group home for youth-at-risk.  

In 2022, the Keren decided to focus and direct a portion of its funds to the critical and unfortunately rising issue of domestic violence.

Keren Tzedakah raises money through its annual mishloach manot Purim campaign, community events and donations. New members to the Keren Tzedakah volunteer committee are most welcomed!

For further information or to donate, please contact:

Lior Ben Shitrit pereg.lior@gmail.com

Joni Catalano- Sherman: joni.catalano@gmail.com

Lachma Fund

Lachma is a sensitive community-based tzedaka project that assists needy residents of south Jerusalem to escape the cycle of poverty. What sets us apart from other food-for-the hungry initiatives is the complete anonymity of our recipients and their freedom to choose fresh produce and foodstuffs according to their preferences

The principles of Lachma are simple

  • We partner with local social workers, the professionals who know best who should receive our support.

  • The identities of the recipients remain anonymous.

  • Our supporters donate a monthly amount to allow maximum coordination and to position Lachma as a reliable partner for this sacredwork.

  • We focus on families that are determined to extract themselves from poverty by means of professional development or other measures that ensure livelihood.

  • We also make our support available for cases of poverty related crises, especially for the holidays.

In practice, this is how it works: a designated amount is donated monthly by KKH members and other donors. Using this monthly donation, food vouchers are purchased and given to the local welfare offices. Food vouchers cannot be used to purchase tobacco or alcohol.

From the very first, we have been overwhelmed with the professionalism, dedication and attention to detail of the social workers with whom we cooperate. They recount that we are indeed making a difference in the lives of families. In addition, we are proud to partner with IRAC and the B’Kavod fund which gives hope to youth trapped in poverty who have turned to the Reform Movement for help.

We invite you to take part in this sacred work by making a donation to Lachma either via the option of a monthly direct deposit or a donation in honor of a celebration or a loved one. This is a tax-exempt donation. We are happy to provide information about the option of a monthly direct deposit. We thank you for your donation and your desire to both feed the hungry and respect their privacy.

To donate to Lachma, please contact our office at 02-531-2779

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