BENEFICIARIES

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 of the East Bay Refugee Resettlement 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 tutors.

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.

Past beneficiaries:

2017

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

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

2016

Shalom Bayit

Seniors at Home

2015

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

2014

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

2013

•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

 

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

  • SFJCC’s Montefiore Senior Center

  • Lesbian & Gay Senior Services Collaborative

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

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.

1994

1993

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