HEKDESH members granted more than $12,200 to four organizations:
- $3,488 to ITIM: The Jewish Life Information Center, Bereaved Communities Project. ITIM, provides information and direction at critical moments in Jewish life such as birth, bar/bat mitzvah, marriage, divorce, death and burial, and conversion. ITIM believes that knowledge is power and that information can allow individuals to be confident as they experience critical moments of Jewish life. Founded in 2002 and based in Jerusalem, ITIM assists Israeli Jews who may otherwise feel powerless and even disenfranchised navigate their personal encounters with the religious (and often ultra-Orthodox) establishment in Israel.
- $3,052 to ATZUM, Righteous Among the Nations Project. ATZUM endeavors to open eyes and extend hands to those in need, to confront and remedy injustices in Israel. ATZUM’s work is founded on the belief that Israel should serve as an example for the rest of the world in addressing social problems and crises. It encourages individuals to become social activists and be part of a process providing assistance and creating change. Israel is a home to a group of surviving Hasiday Umot Olam, Righteous Among the Nations, and their spouses who risked their lives to save Jews during the Shoah. ATZUM works to meet the basic needs of this heroic, elderly population and protect and improve the quality of life in their last years.
- $4,360 to Negev Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development/ AJEEC, The Community Health Promotion Program for Arab Bedouin Women. NISPED’s concern with sustainable human development, societal transformation and the reduction and resolution of tension and conflict led us to establish AJEEC – the Arab-Jewish Center for Equality, Empowerment and Cooperation. AJEEC works within Israel, with Jewish and Arab populations. We focus on the creation of a more just Israel, in which both populations will share equal civil and human rights.
- $1,324 to Partners in Health in a special appeal to support Haiti relief efforts. At its root, their mission is both medical and moral. It is based on solidarity, rather than charity alone. When a person in Peru, or Siberia, or rural Haiti falls ill, PIH uses all of the means at their disposal to make them well—from pressuring drug manufacturers, to lobbying policy makers, to providing medical care and social services. Whatever it takes. Every day since January 12, 2010, Partners In Health (PIH) and their sister organization Zanmi Lasante (ZL) have been working to help Haiti’s people build their lives and their country back better.