Israel Giving Circle

Our goal is to strengthen all facets of Israeli society and to bring access, opportunity and inclusion to those most in need.

Members: 20
Giving: $12,000 Annually
Member Contribution: $1,000 - $5,000

About Israel Giving Circle

We are a group of friends connected by our shared values, respect for each other and commitment to Israel. We are a program of the San Francisco based Jewish Federation and receive a matching grant in addition to research and facilitation support from the Federation’s Israel and Global grant making professional.

Below are the Israel Giving Circle grantees for 2014-15:

1. The Aguda
is an organization dedicated to the advancement and protection of gay rights in Israel. As the oldest organization of its kind in Israel, the Aguda has pioneered social changes for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people since 1975.

Program: Helpline - Someone to Talk To
This program provides a volunteer-based telephone, face-to-face, or online information service to support the LGBT community. Volunteers address dilemmas ranging from sexual orientation and gender identity to 'coming out of the closet' and LGBT-related violence/phobia. The Helpline serves as a safe, confidential, and supportive environment for consolation. Volunteers are trained by the Aguda and supervised by the Aguda's social services department. Funding from the Israel Giving Circle will provide new equipment for 20 new volunteer recruits, such as smart phones, computers, listening aids, and training packets.

Funded Amount: $ 4,000

2. Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality
is the first bilingual Arab-Jewish school of its kind in the Negev that promotes an innovative education and peace program for its students. The Negev experiences some of Israel's most pressing developmental and educational challenges in the field of Arab-Jewish relations. The Hagar school is the newest integrated Arab-Jewish school in Israel and the only one in the Negev.

Program: Financial support of scholarship program

Funded Amount: $ 10,500 (Scholarship of $3,500 for 3 children who will benefit from 80% subsidized annual enrollment)

3. Hagar: Jewish-Arab Education for Equality

Program: Financial support of increased safety measures (security cameras), and technological and office equipment that would enhance Hagar's capacities and outreach

Funded Amount:  $ 9,250 ($2,250 for security cameras and $7,000 for equipment, such as computers, cameras, hard drives, office furniture, computer software, printers, etc.)

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