Over the past 25 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:
Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay — Refugee & Immigrant Services serves refugees from around the world, particularly focusing on those who have experienced persecution based on their religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The program has extensive expertise in resettling refugees who are vulnerable and fleeing violent and dire circumstances. The program features comprehensive case management, including assisting with finding initial housing, in-depth and ongoing cultural orientation, enrolling clients in ESL classes and vocational support, and matching clients with volunteers.
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice is the education and leadership arm of Bend the Arc, a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews across America who are working together to transform our country to be inclusive, equitable, and supportive of the dignity of every person across race, class, gender and faith. Bend the Arc trains the next generation of diverse Jewish leadership by helping young Jews become effective change-makers and by investing in the leadership of Jews of Color so our Jewish institutions reflect the full diversity of our community. Their alumni and network of volunteer leaders are organizing their communities on such issues as immigration reform, racial justice, economic equity, and civil rights. They are the only national Jewish organization focused exclusively on social change in the US, with a strong chapter in the Bay Area.
•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
SFJCC’s Montefiore Senior Center
Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative
Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD) – A social and information network for women with HIV/AIDS
Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal – Promoting freedom for Jews in the former Soviet Union & reuniting families in the Bay Area
Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic –A clinic for low income women with cancer
Shalom Bayit– Jewish Women’s Task Force on Domestic Violence
Jewish Family & Children’s Services AIDS Project
SF Jewish Film Festival – Program of Jewish humor short films
Family Link– a hospitality house for visiting families of people with AIDS
1995 – Los Angeles show
Aunt Bee’s Laundry Service – offering free laundry and house-cleaning services to people with HIV/AIDS.
GESHER: Bridge to Understanding– a joint project of Congregation Sha’ar Zahav & Community United Against Violence
The late Tamar Kaufman – A Northern California Jewish Bulletin writer battling cancer