Our Giving Calendar
Check out the upcoming organizations that the Righteous Crowd community will support. This page will continue to be updated week by week. Righteous Crowd members will receive an email each Friday highlighting that week's organization, its mission, the people behind it, and how it ties to Jewish themes.
Sunday night marks the beginning of Sukkot, where it is customary to build temporary shelters. The holiday of Sukkot also honors our ancestors who wandered in the desert with no permanent homes before reaching the land of Israel. With this in mind, we are supporting an organization that provides urgent home repairs for families living in poverty in Israel. To date, Tenufa Bakehila has repaired 5,000 homes in Israel, helping hundreds of families per year.
Jewish world watch
In this week’s Torah portion, Bereshit, we read about the world’s first murder. Cain kills his brother Abel, then denies responsibility by saying “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (translated from Hashomer Achi Anochi). “Achi,” my brother, also forms the Hebrew word, achrayut, which means responsibility. As Jews, we feel a great deal of responsibility to fellow citizens, regardless of religion. Inspired by this idea of responsibility, we are featuring Jewish World Watch, an organization that “envisions a world that does not stand idly by while civilian populations are being attacked simply because of who they are; a world without genocide and mass atrocities.” Jewish World Watch is primarily focused on this work in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria and Myanmar.
Next week, we observe Simchat Torah, the holiday where we celebrate finishing the cycle of reading the Torah and beginning again, with Genesis. As we read at the opening of Genesis, when God is creating the heavens and the earth, the first thing God says is, “‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Inspired by this beginning, and of the creation of light, we are supporting a not-for-profit social enterprise that got its start selling solar lamps. Founded in 2011, LivelyHoods creates jobs for youth and women in Kenyan slums through the distribution of life-improving products including, but not limited to, clean-burning cookstoves, other solar products, reading glasses, and household appliances.
In this week’s Torah portion, Noach, we learn of the story of the great flood and the building of Noah’s Ark. Inspired by this story and Noah’s actions in preparing for the flood, we are supporting an organization that provides natural disaster response and recovery services nationwide. NECHAMA is a volunteer-driven organization whose programs provide direct disaster assistance, training, and other support to affected individuals, families, and small businesses.