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Welcome To The East Bay's Jewish
Teen Philanthropy Board

Inspired by the text of the book of Deuteronomy, "Rather, you shall open your hand to him, and you shall lend him sufficient for his needs, which he is lacking," The Hamsa Fund takes action to connect with our community and open ourselves to those in need.


The Hamsa Fund provides Jewish teens from all over the East Bay with the opportunity to learn how to run their own philanthropic foundation and get hands-on experience addressing problems they see in their community. Our program also gives these inspiring teens a place to connect with their Jewish peers to discuss the relationship between social action and their Jewish identities.

Dates for 2023-24:

September 10 - Open House & Event #1

October 13-15 - Retreat (Event #2)

November 5 - Day of Service (all Tikkun Olam programs)

December 3 - Event #4

January 21 - Event #5

February 4 - Event #6

March 24 - Event #7 (Purim Carnival)

April 21 - Event #8

May 19 - Event #9 (Closing Ceremony)

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Why Join The Hamsa Fund?


Change the world together as you get to know each other, participate in community service projects, and support each other as we tackle the challenges of the fundraising process.

Leadership Training

Learn how to work in a group, make decisions using consensus-based conflict resolution, fundraise, and allocate funds.


Get invaluable experience in fundraising and leadership that will help participants in college and beyond!

Repairing the World

Learn and perform Mitzvot to see how Judaism and social change go hand in hand.

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Who is Eligible?

Jewish teens from the East Bay in grades 8-12 are eligible to join.

“Hamsa Fund teaches us how to work together to achieve a shared goal - it feels fulfilling to know that I am helping people in need and provide for those who are in need of help.”

Zev Deladingco

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Have questions about the program? Contact Devra Aarons at to learn more! Applications for the 2022-23 school year are currently closed. Applications for the 2023-24 school year are now open! 

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