JEWISH WORLD WATCH GIVEN $200,000 HUMAN-RIGHTS ORGANIZATION PROVIDES MEDICAL AID IN DARFUR.
Byline: BRAD A. GREENBERG Staff Writer
Jewish World Watch The Jewish World Watch is an NGO based out of Southern California, a coalition of synagogues and Jewish groups with the objective of educating, advocating, and donating in order to combat genocide and other human rights violations all over the world. sprouted from the seeds of a Rosh Hashana sermon at Valley Beth Shalom Valley Beth Shalom is a Conservative Synagogue in Encino, Los Angeles, California. With over 1,800 member families it is one of the largest synagogues in Los Angeles and one of the largest Conservative synagogues in the United States. three years ago.
As he preached, Rabbi Harold Schulweis told the Conservative Encino congregation that they had a moral responsibility to vigilantly protect humanity against future genocides. Jewish World Watch has since dedicated itself to providing medical aid in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan.
This year, the human-rights organization received $200,000 from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. -- the largest grant of $1.1 million given to local organizations with lofty goals.
``What is unique about Jewish World Watch is it is an expression of Jewish conscience,'' Marvin I. Schotland, the foundation's president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , said Monday after announcing the recipients of the first Cutting Edge Grants.
``We are a people who have historically suffered throughout the ages in despotic environments. It is a way for Jews to remember that we were once slaves in Egypt and when we were liberated we have a responsibility.''
Others to receive the grants include Jewish Television Network for Web- based broadcasting of Jewish programs; Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to support an artist in residence; and Jewish Home for the Aging for fall-prevention education.
HaMercaz, which provides social services social services
welfare services provided by local authorities or a state agency for people with particular social needs
social services npl → servicios mpl sociales to Jewish families with special-needs children, received $152,000 -- enough to fund operations for the next three years.
``Special needs is not something that has been traditionally addressed by the broader Jewish community,'' said Deborah Dragon, spokeswoman for the Jewish Federation A Jewish Federation is a confederation of various Jewish social agencies, volunteer programs, educational bodies, and related organizations, found within most cities in North America that host a viable Jewish community. of Greater Los Angeles, which runs HaMercaz. ``For a family that finds out their child has special needs, I think they immediately have that sense of, I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. where to turn.''
The grants constitute a fraction of the $45 million to $60 million the foundation gives to Jewish causes each year. In selecting recipients, it looked for Jewish organizations with ``big ideas,'' Schotland said.
Since its founding, Jewish World Watch has raised about $1 million and established two medical clinics in Darfur that are run by the International Medical Corps. Involvement has since spread from Valley Beth Shalom to 50 other Jewish congregations of all denominations.
``It is quite rare that people lose their institutional narcissism narcissism (närsĭs`ĭzəm), Freudian term, drawn from the Greek myth of Narcissus, indicating an exclusive self-absorption. In psychoanalysis, narcissism is considered a normal stage in the development of children. and joined in this,'' Schulweis said.
The money from the Jewish Community Foundation, which Jewish World Watch received earlier this year, was used to hire an executive director and improve the organization's offerings.
``During the Holocaust in the late '30s and '40s, we had asked, Where was the church, where was the priest, where was the pope, where was the cathedral?'' Schulweis said.
``I was saying to them, `I didn't want that to happen to us.' Years after Darfur, I didn't want people to say, Where was the rabbi, where was the synagogue synagogue (sĭn`əgŏg) [Gr.,=assembly], in Judaism, a place of assembly for worship, education, and communal affairs. The origins of the institution are unclear. One tradition dates it to the Babylonian exile of the 6th cent. B.C. , where was the congregation?''