Adat Shalom – Still Helping in Haiti

$14,222   raised
GOAL: $12,000

9 days to go

120

 Donors

Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

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In December, twenty Adat Shalom members led by Rabbi Sid Schwarz will travel to Leogane, Haiti to make physical improvements to the NICL school and run week-long day camp for students. During our trip we will build a playground and two classrooms as well as feed camp participants. All participants will cover their trip expenses, however the projects require additional funding for supplies and materials. Your support will make a significant impact on the daily lives of the students and teachers of NICL. Thank you – your gift matters!

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Adat Shalom, a Reconstructionist congregation in Bethesda, MD, is now in the eighth year of its Haiti Project. The project started when Adat Shalom’s founding rabbi, Sid Schwarz, travelled to Haiti in January 2011 at the invitation of Tevel B’Tzedek, an Israeli organization that put a relief team on the ground after the devastating earthquake. During that visit, Rabbi Sid’s translator was a young, charismatic pastor named Johnny Felix who had recently started a school and a church in Leogane, close to the epicenter of the earthquake.

Less than half of Haitian children attend any school and the public school system is quite inadequate. More popular are private, Christian schools where the instruction levels tend to be higher. Pastor Johnny’s New Christian School of Leogane (NICL) serves 200 children, 75 in its pre-school and another 125 in grades 1-6. Tuition is $75/year, which seems small, but it is still more than many families can afford.

This will be our fifth mission to Haiti. The past two missions saw the start and completion of a dining hall constructed on the campus of NICL. We also created a vegetable garden on the campus that now produces food for the children. The garden is called Gan haMazon, the Garden of Plenty. The focus on food is important because virtually all the children in the school are food insecure, not uncommon in Haiti. A child who has not been able to eat breakfast, or perhaps even dinner the night before, will have a hard time functioning in the classroom.

Map-Approximate-area-of-damage-from-7_0-earthquake_full_600The service missions have a strong Jewish flavor. Each evening the group gathers to reflect on the day’s experiences and will study Jewish texts with Rabbi Sid’s guidance. Shabbat services are held and Pastor Johnny and his church leadership join us. For many, particularly the youth, the combination of service work with Jewish study and worship provides a newfound sense of pride in their Jewish legacy. These trips provide a hands-on way for Adat Shalom members to fulfill the obligation of tikkun olam, Hebrew for “heal the world.”

Despite hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid that was raised for Haiti after the earthquake, none of it reaches small institutions like NICL. In fact, it is unlikely that the school would still be functioning were it not for the partnership of Adat Shalom. Thanks to the commitment of Rabbi Sid and the members of Adat Shalom, we are currently supporting about 50% of the budget of the NICL school.

This ongoing, 8-year relationship has benefited NICL as much as it has Adat Shalom. We welcome your involvement and celebrate your generosity.

If we are able to go above and beyond our stated goal, please know that the additional gifts will be allocated to student scholarships and their school lunch program.

2018 Participants: 

Marta Beresin, Rabbi Jane Berman, Mira Diamond-Berman, Jonathan Epstein, Koby Epstein, Hanina Goldstein, Kay Halpern, Steve Hellman, Karen Paley, Fred Pinkney, Greg Schofer, Noam Schofer, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Gigi Sherman, Marty Shore, Debbie Siegel, Pam Sommers, Matthew Tuchband, Lilah Tuchband, Ezra Tuchband

Thank You!

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Join our community of supporters and we can make a difference

Your donation is tax deductible!

All donations to this charitable cause are collected by Jewcer, and donations exceeding the fair-market value of goods/services received are qualified under Section 501(c)(3) as tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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2018-12-09
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"For support of the 2018 Haiti Mission's work"
2018-12-06
Robert Price
"Thank you for taking on such an important project."
2018-12-05
Gordon Cohen
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"With great appreciation for the mission and special thanks to Marty Shore for including me in the campaign."
2018-12-05
Naomi T Alter-Ohayon and Isaac Ohayon
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"To Marta Beresin who's never ending dedication to helping others is a true inspiration."
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"A great Mitzvah happened there."
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"Safe travels everyone."
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Wendy and David Epstein
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Stephen Hellman
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"Steve: You’re performing Tikin Olum for all of us. Best wishes"
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Donna and Frank Koepfler
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"In honor of Dr Stephen Hellman"
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Joshua & Debra Levin
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"Inspired and supportive of the years of relationships, work and the impact you've generated..."
2018-11-29
Marla and Phil Zipin
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"In honor of our dear friend, Rabbi Sid Schwarz, and his vision, energy, and creative social entrepreneurship."
2018-11-27
Nancy L Skinkle
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2018-11-27
Anonymous donor
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"In gratitude to Marty Shore and the rest of the volunteers"
2018-11-27
Suzanne & Gary
"Marty - Keep up the great work!!"
2018-11-27
Louise Milkman
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2018-11-26
Bobbi Ausubel
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"What important work is being done by Adat Shalom in cooperation with the school in Haiti. So proud of you!!!"
2018-11-26
Debi and Alan Weinstock
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"What a mitzvah! Supporting Noam and Greg - your cousins from CA"
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Hellman
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Bill Halpern
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Stephen Rockower, MD
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Carin Gendell
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Greg and Noam Schofer
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"We are honored to support Greg and Noam Schofer and this incredible project. The JUDELSOHN's"
2018-11-19
Marcy Oppenheimer & Joe Neale
$180
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Nina and Hal Neimark
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The Fallicks
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Glenn & Judy Walker
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2018-11-16
Geena Sherman
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2018-11-15
Letha Dreyfus
"You are not only helping Haitian children, you are another link in a chain of hope for a peaceful and loving world. Thanks!"
2018-11-15
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Naomi Reem
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"Kol Hakavod on your mission."
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Arielle Derby
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Chloe Schklowsky
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The Feuer-Ostheimer Family
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June Eichner and Barry Elman
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"Thank you Hanina and Matthew for making this trip."
2018-11-13
David & Kari Oblon
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"In honor of Greg and Cindy Schofer’s chartiable work."
2018-11-13
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Glenn, Toby and Bella Kaminsky
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Dr. & Mrs. Mordecai P. Blaustein
"In honor of Dr. Stephen Hellman"
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"Donation is for Greg and Noam Shoffer"
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The Jeral Family
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Peter Kaufman and Marie Lurquin
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"You are doing great work!"
2018-11-08
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Mark Seligman
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"Bon courage, tout moun!"
2018-11-07
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Marta Beresin, volunteer with playground project
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2018-11-06
John Franken
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Marsha and Kevin Teichman
"So proud of Adat Shalom's ongoing commitment...."
2018-11-06
Adam and Harriet Kuhn
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"In honor of Hanina and Matthew"
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"Go Marty & Adat Shalom! Thanks for volunteering for all of us."
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Pam Oginz
"Good for you for sharing your time and talents with those less fortunate. I’m proud of you!"
2018-11-04
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Steve and Tal Widdes
$500
"Proud of the efforts of members from Adat Shalom and our community helping to assist Haiti and its comeback."
2018-11-04
Ellen Siegel
"In support of Stephen Hellman"
2018-11-04
Ronald A Katz
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Marjorie Ventura
$75
2018-11-04
Joshua and Dora Levin
2018-11-03
Myrna Seidman
"Wonderful that our initial fice year effort has expanded to 8 and great that we are still meeting their needs."
2018-11-03
Anonymous donor
"Safe travels and good work y'all."
2018-11-02
Alice Katcher
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Cheryl Fox and Cary Bland
"Thanks Hanina and Matt for spreading some sunshine! We are thrilled to support you."
2018-11-02
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Dayle Friedman
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Betsy and David Teutsch
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"Kol hakavod!"
2018-10-29
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Marianne Alweis and Richard Mellman
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Evelyn Shunaman and Fred Baer
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"Strong work Schofer's"
2018-10-26
Bosley-Smith Family
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"Marta, Let you heart break open for the things that break the heart of God"
2018-10-25
Henry and Shelley Pinkney
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The Mitchells
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Lynn and Bob Fletcher
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2018-10-24
Gail and Eric Hyman
2018-10-22
Katharine Landfield
"For Marta's trip to Leogane"
2018-10-21
Rosemarie and John
$100
"So happy to support such a great program!"
2018-10-21
Robyn and Derek Paley
2018-10-21
Anonymous donor
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2018-10-19
Fish-Kaplan family
$500
"With love to the NICL community and this year's Adat Shalom team. We know these donations of any amount have an incredible impact."

Adat Shalom – Still Helping in Haiti

$14,222   raised
GOAL: $12,000

9 days to go

120

 Donors

Campaign by
Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation

When Rabbi Sid Schwarz traveled to Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010, little did he know that it would lead to one of the most fulfilling projects of his rabbinic career. Eight years later, we are still helping in Haiti. In December, members of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation are scheduled to travel to Leogane, Haiti on our 5th service mission. These missions, led by Rabbi Sid, have included more than 100 adults and youth (ages 14 and up). The trips have been transformational for both the NICL school as well as the participants. The members of Adat Shalom take great pride in the fact that in one small corner of one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, our volunteer time and tzedakah are making a brighter future for people in need. Thank you for joining us in this ongoing effort to act globally and think locally.

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