Annual Appeal 2014-2015

In the past 12-months, we have directly helped more families than any other year in our 18-year history. Together, we make these caring connections and concrete steps toward tikkun olam, repairing the world, everywhere we go.

Please take a moment to look at the work we've done over this busy year and support assistance to families in the future.

Theo’s Mitzvah Project

Like a lot of Jewish boys his age, Theo Kronfeld is preparing to become a bar mitzvah – an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community. He is learning to lead worship services, practicing his Torah portion, and writing a d’var Torah, a speech about his Torah reading and its meaning for him. 

And, like the other boys and girls who are getting ready to celebrate their b’nei mitzvah, Theo has completed a “mitzvah” (service-learning) project. Unlike most of the other kids, however, Theo had to take a plane in order to do it. “When I asked my dad for suggestions for a project, he gave me a couple of choices,” Theo says. “When he said we could work with NECHAMA in Detroit, Michigan, I jumped on it.”

We Would Have Walked Away

NOTE: THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN IN JULY 2014, JUST AFTER THE HOMEOWNERS WERE ABLE TO RETURN HOME.

For the first time in nearly two years, Dawn S., from the South Shore of Long Island, has bought flowers again. She can’t wait to place them in four wooden flower boxes that volunteers with NECHAMA made from leftover wood. “Such sweet girls came to rebuild my house after Hurricane Sandy,” remembers Dawn. “They signed the flower boxes and gave them to us to use whenever we finally moved back.”

 Hurricane Sandy struck the eastern seaboard on October 29, 2012, but Dawn, her husband Nick, and their two daughters, did not have a house to return to until the end of June 2014. “In fact,” says Dawn, “we would have walked away from the house if it weren’t for NECHAMA.”

Detroit Team Hits 250 Homes Assisted

NECHAMA Team Leaders, Rachel & Jim, with volunteers from NCSY New Jersey & AmeriCorps after completing the 250th home cleanup in Detroit since August. 

"Thank you so very much. I did not know what I was going to do after the flooding...Your crew was professional, courteous & hard working. Over two days they totally cleaned my basement. Such a great group of people. GOD heard my prayers & they were the answered. Thank you so very much Dan Hoeft & NECHAMA. GOD bless you all!!"

- Alys E