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Meetings & Events:
(All programs, unless otherwise noted happen from 4-7pm in Walnut Creek)
September 18, 2022 Open House
October 7-9, 2022 Retreat
October 23, 2022
November 20, 2022
December 4, with Better Together
January 22, 2023
February 12, 2023
March TBD, 2023, Volunteering at Purim Carnival
April 23 2023
May 21 2023 Year-End Ceremony
Have a friend who would like The Hamsa Fund?
Applications for the 2022-23 school year are OPEN
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The Hamsa Fund is 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.
Teens meet monthly to learn about fundraising, choose a mission statement, research non-profits, fundraise, and distribute funds. The program culminates in a grant allocation ceremony where teens give out grants to their chosen non-profits!
Last school year (2021-22) the Hamsa Fund's mission was centered around helping refugees. Each school year the Hamsa Fund raises thousands of dollars, making a difference both globally and locally.
A program of Contra Costa Midrasha, the project receives funding from Contra Costa Midrasha, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Contra Costa Jewish Community Center, and other supporters.
Community: 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.
Experience: 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.
Who is Eligible?
Jewish teens from the East Bay in grades 8-12 are eligible to join.
A weekend retreat in the East Bay. Learn about the fundraising process, explore social issues we might want to fund and choose our mission statement.
Eight monthly Sunday afternoon meetings from 4-7 PM, and the year-end allocations ceremony in May with grantee organizations.
Commitment to fundraising in between meetings using the tools you learned so that we can reach our group fundraising goal.
Application Process: The application for 2022-23 is now OPEN.
Apply online HERE
Participation agreement signed by both students & parents.
Payments, payment plans, and scholarships must be organized in advance with Contra Costa Midrasha.
Cost: The tuition and retreat cost for non-enrolled CCM students is $375 fee. For enrolled CCM teens, there is no tuition cost but there is a $135 retreat fee to cover staff, food, guests and the t-shirt. E-mail CCM Director, Devra Aarons at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about scholarships and payment plans. Full payment or scholarship/payment plan due for the 2021-2022 year no later than November 1st.