Over the past 24 years, Kung Pao has raised 10’s of 1000’s of dollars and awareness for different organizations. In keeping with the Jewish tradition of tzedakah (charity, in Hebrew – tied in with a sense of duty and social responsibility), each year Kung Pao donates partial proceeds to organizations and causes we believe in. See below for this year’s and past Kung Pao beneficiaries.

This year’s beneficiaries:

Each year, we name 2 organizations to receive partial proceeds from Kung Pao Kosher Comedy and always make our donation AFTER the shows are over, but since the need with the Northern California fires and Puerto Rico’s hurricane are DIRE, we have decided to make these donations NOW.

Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) Sonoma County North Bay Fire Relief

At the suggestion of a friend in Sonoma who has been evacuated, we just named Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS) Sonoma County North Bay Fire Relief as one of the 2 beneficiaries and made our donation on October 11th . JFCS is providing emergency financial, housing, and food assistance, toiletries…and setting up to help community members for the long term.

If you have friends or family who need help, JFCS is available to them. JFCS is providing short-term food, shelter, and counseling, and long-term recovery support to the community in Sonoma County. Contact JFCS for help at 707-303-1500 or email

The JFCS staff of case managers and clinicians has been trained in emergency response and is ready to deliver services quickly and efficiently.

If you’d like to make an additional donation, you can donate directly:

Jewish Community Center (JCC) Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria Relief Fund

It pained us to sit back and watch the lack of US aid to Puerto Rico and Trump literally turning his back on, ridiculing, and blaming Puerto Rico for the hurricane. So, we decided to make a statement and a donation and support the JCC of Puerto Rico in its Hurricane Maria Relief efforts.

Puerto Rico’s Jewish community of 1,500, living mostly in San Juan, has largely been spared the worst of the damage, says Diego Mendelbaum, community director at the San Juan Jewish Community Center, which shares space with a Conservative synagogue. Its members have turned to helping their more vulnerable neighbors by distributing clothing, food, and water and training local social work students to provide post-trauma care. They are bringing relief to communities throughout the municipalities of Loiza and Ceiba.
Their partners of Project Hope are providing health services.

If you’d like to make an additional donation, you can donate directly:


Past beneficiaries:


Shalom Bayit

Seniors at Home


Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line
Legal Assistance to the Elderly


•Jewish Family & Children’s Services (JFCS) Food Programs
San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP)


•San Francisco and Marin Food Banks’ “Healthy Children Pantries” 
The Jewish Home San Francisco’s Esther Weintraub Comedy Clinic
(Click here to download an article about the Comedy Clinic from The Jewish Home’s
magazine.) JewishHome-Mag-ComedyClinic-article















  • SFJCC’s Montefiore Senior Center
  • Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative






1995 – Los Angeles show

  • L. A. Jewish AIDS Services
  • Aunt Bee’s Laundry Service – offering free laundry and house-cleaning services to people with HIV/AIDS.



  • The late Tamar Kaufman – A Northern California Jewish Bulletin writer battling cancer