ABOUT: Keren B’kavod קרן בכבוד
לֹא עָלֶיךָ הַמְּלָאכָה לִגְמוֹר, וְלֹא אַתָּה בֶן חוֹרִין לִבָּטֵל מִמֶּנָּה (מסכת אבות, ב’, טז’)
You are not mandated to complete the work, nor are you free to cease from it (Avot Tractate 2; 16)
Keren b’Kavod – the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) Fund for Humanitarian Assistance and Social Responsibility assists populations in distress, with an emphasis on social empowerment, through continuous activities in the areas of education, culture and nutritional security. Keren b’Kavod helps all sectors of Israeli society, regardless of religion, place of origin or political affiliation, in order to minimize gaps in Israeli society and promote social justice. The following programs encompass basic charity work, empowerment, “paying it forward,” and the pursuit of social justice:
- Life Skills Courses: Keren b’Kavod runs life skills courses for weaker population in Israeli society, such as the “women’s circle” course. These courses provide practical tools through which to help cope with a variety of matters by teaching subjects such as efficient budgeting, the benefits of proper nutrition, healthy food preparation, ways to lower household bills and more. The meetings also act as support groups, where important issues can be discussed.
- Food Distribution Programs: Keren b’Kavod works year-round to provide both food and household goods to disadvantaged populations in Israel. Hundreds of food packages are prepared and distributed annually, with recipients also helping to pack and distribute boxes to other “Keren b’Kavod” recipients. Having those who receive assistance also have a hand in helping others helps build self-esteem and promotes empowerment.
- Shared Society Programs: Negative attitudes towards minorities are a result of ignorance, unjustified suspicions and fear. Keren b’Kavod works to mitigate these attitudes by opening the lines of communication between Jews and non-Jews in Israel through a variety of programs. The groups focus on cultural and religious issues; varying political attitudes; economic and social difficulties, and more.
- Emergency Relief: Keren b’Kavod rallies to answer national needs, both in times of crisis and in their aftermath. During emergency situations such as the Second Lebanon War, Operation Cast Iron, the Carmel Forest Fire, Operation Pillar of Defense and Operation Protective Edge, Keren b’Kavod led a variety of assistance and support programs in cooperation with government entities. Activities included hosting evacuees, distributing food packages, providing humanitarian aid to disaster victims and pastoral care for physical and emotional rehabilitation.
For more information and to donate, contact Keren b’Kavod at beKavod@reform.org.il