Congregation Kol Haneshama is an active & lively center for Progressive Judaism in Jerusalem. The kehilla is located in Baka. Our community is founded upon the core value of equality. We believe that every one is created in the image of God and in the Jewish value of responsibility for one another.
Project Lachma is a community Tzedakkah project designed to assist families in the immediate vicinity of the Kehilla to remove themselves from the cycle of poverty. Each month food vouchers are provided to 30 different families who are selected by the social service agencies with whom we partner. In order to qualify for the stipend, recipients must demonstrate efforts to improve their position in the workforce. We do not know the identities of the recipients who are selected by the social workers, though their selection is based on our agreed upon criteria. Our aid helps Jews and non-Jews alike.
At present, Lachma assists 10 families at a time in each of three different neighborhoods: Baka-Talpiot, Talpiot Mizrach and Beit Safafa. Most of the families receive assistance for a period of 6 months. All in all, we distribute 9,000 shekels monthly. The feedback from the social workers with whom we work is that we are making a difference.
We invite you to participate in this project and to contribute according to your ability. All contributions are tax deductible. Israeli contributions can be made via Horaat Keva, or by writing a check to the Kehilla earmarked for Lachma. Overseas contributions can be made to Friends of Kol Haneshama, 85 Fourth Avenue #800 New York,New York 10003 and should be earmarked for Lachma.
Kol HaNeshama’s English Enrichment program
One of the initiatives of Kol Haneshama is an English teaching project for underprivileged children from the neighborhood. The goal of the program is to provide a service to the broader community, that we are a part of – meeting a real need and using skills readily available to us as immigrants from English speaking countries.
We teach English in an informal, fun, personalized way that follows the school curriculum and also encourages a positive self image. This is KEEP’s 14th year, and we are proud of our achievements.
Children come to us from three local sources: a battered women’s shelter, some welfare offices, and from local schools. The children from the schools are referred by the English coordinators who know both who is failing in English and who comes from a struggling family. We make them all feel welcome.