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Meetings & Events:
(All programs, unless otherwise noted happen from 4-7pm)
September 13, 2020: Open House
October 18, 2020
November 13-15, 2020: Retreat
December 6, 2020
January 10, 2021
February 28, 2021
March 14, 2021
April 11, 2021
May 2, 2021
May 26, 2021: Year-End Ceremony
All programs will be held over zoom until further notice.
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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-profit organization!
This year (2020-21) the Hamsa Fund's mission is to ensure families a safe and healthy home environment by funding non-profit organizations that provide food assistance, abuse prevention programs, and other resources for domestic life.
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.
Date: November 13-15, 2020 (will be adjusted for online participation)
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 2020-21 is now CLOSED. Applications for the 2021-22 year will open this summer, following the process described below.
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 2020-2021 year no later than October 1st.