KKBE Senior Shabbat Services program received grant
There is a pressing need to fund programs that enable, enrich, and engage the aging Jewish population. According to the National Jewish Population Survey the U.S. Jewish community is rapidly aging, doubling to more than a million from 1957 to 2012. In addition, recent economic and legislative changes have resulted in cuts for many federal and state programs that serve older adults. Helping fill the funding void, the Greensboro-based BJH Foundation for Senior Services (http://www.bjhfoundation.org) recently awarded more than $203,230 in grants to 21 different programs focusing on improving the lives of Jewish older adults across North and South Carolina.
With an endowment in the millions, BJH Foundation has granted more than $1.4 million over the past seven years to qualifying non-profit organizations that serve Jewish older adults in the Carolinas. Grant awards of up to $25,000 each help area non-profits cover program expenses for food, mailings, supplies, educational materials, salaries for social workers, Congregational Nurse staff, and other necessary expenses.
In 2013, the BJH Foundation for Senior Services awarded grants to assist four organizations in South Carolina in their efforts to improve life for Jewish older adults.
• Charleston’s Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE) Reform Temple’s BJH Senior Shabbat Services program received a grant for $3,100. BJH Senior Shabbat Services conducts Jewish worship services for older adults living in retirement facilities that are too far from the KKBE Temple in central Charleston and allows for regular participation in Shabbat services or Temple activities. Weekly visits with outlying older adult members of the Temple strengthen their connection to Judaism and with their synagogue helping them preserve their Jewish traditions, values and beliefs.
“Our board, composed of members from both North and South Carolina, is dedicated to enriching the well-being of the many seniors in our communities,” said Cheryl David, president of the BJH Foundation for Senior Services. “We continue to receive positive feedback about the many projects we’ve supported over the years and are thankful to those who have financially supported the BJH Foundation when it was originally created, as well as those working tirelessly for us today. We know the wonderful people we serve in the Carolinas will continue to benefit from the ongoing enrichment of our efforts.”
To learn more about the 2013 programs that received grants, learn how to apply for grants, or find out how you can help, please visit www.bjhfoundation.org.