Hundreds of families are on waiting lists across Hand in Hand’s school network. In 79 days, with the start of the new school year, they want to open their doors to 200 new students!
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In an email released today, Sabrina Merage, as a Moishe House Board Member and the Founder of the Global Community Fund, reached out to encourage support in continuing to expand support to thousand of young Jewish adults throughout the world.
In an article published by eJewish Philanthropy, JDC’s new Global Leaders Initiative, where 15 young adults in their 20s and 30s will join the board as full members, is highlighted as an innovative engagement and insight opportunity.
Several years ago, Sabrina Merage traveled to Cuba with JDC Entwine, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) young adult engagement platform. The trip had a profound impact on her, and expanded her knowledge of Jewish children who live in Cuba. Now, many years later, she is joining forces with fellow Inside Jewish Cuba alumni, Jay Chernikoff and Jason to help support a Jewish future in Cuba.
Hand in Hand, an organization supported by the Sabrina Merage Foundation, was recently featured on Israel’s Channel 2 news.
450,000 households across Israel heard the story of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Bilingual School in Jerusalem in this Prime Time report. This extraordinary piece features the daily reality of how Hand in Hand students, teachers, and parents study together, work together, deal with conflicts and build friendships that endure.
In a message sent this week from Moishe House, the organization details the experiences and support Moishe House Paris gave to its residents when tragedy struck less than 190 meters from the house.
In an article published by USA Today, Hand in Hand (an Israel organization seed funded by the Sabrina Merage Foundation) is featured for its unique model and culture of acceptance and understanding.
The article reads: “Amid ongoing violence between Palestinians and Israelis, a school in this city seems more determined than ever to teach Arab and Jewish children about coexistence. In a sunny playground here just 3 miles south of Tel Aviv, children paint recycled tires in vibrant colors and refurbish wooden furniture to beautify a place that many in the community say is their best chance at a peaceful future.”
How can we respect and maintain a diversity of cultures in a rapidly changing Denver? And, what can we do to make sure everyone’s voices are heard and a part of decision-making in this community? On May 28, Warm Cookies of the Revolution explores the answers to these challenging questions while integrating delicious soup tastings (from a variety of cultures served by local vendors), entertainment provided by exciting homegrown musicians and poets, as well as resident non-profits that are working to be the voice of the people in an event known as Soup and Dreams.
When this 22-year-old University student in Amsterdam submitted her video application to Moishe House, she expressed that she wanted to open a new Moishe House in her local community to contribute to the local Jewish community and create a new space and home for people to feel connected and welcome to practice Judaism. Fortunately, due to the creation of the Global Community Fund (supported with matching funds from the Sabrina Merage Foundation), Moishe House was able to say “yes” to her, and plans are currently under way to launch an Amsterdam House.
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) has significantly expanded its Winter Relief Program in Ukraine this year in response to a harsh winter worsened by the country’s energy crisis, skyrocketing costs, ongoing unrest, and the growing needs of displaced Jews. This necessary increase in resources and supplies for Jewish families in need represents a seven-fold increase in JDC’s Ukraine Winter Relief budget. JDC is currently assisting 2,400 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) within Ukraine, and numbers are growing as more than 500 new people came to request assistance in January alone – before the conflict reached the current level of crisis.