BENEFICIARIES

Over the past 26 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.

The 2019 year’s beneficiaries:

Kehilla Community Synagogue Immigration Committee coordinates and supports member volunteers to offer sponsorship, housing, and accompaniment to newly-arrived immigrants. They have worked with refugees through Jewish Family and Community Services East Bay, with asylum seeking families through the Nueva Esperanza program of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, and a number of families and individuals that have found the group or have been referred to them by word of mouth, lawyers, etc. The immigrants have been from Africa, the Middle East, Mexico, and Central and South American countries. Many are LGBT. Over the past 4 years, Kehilla members have secured the release of 8 individuals from ICE detention through sponsorship, which entails providing housing and basic support during the time that the person is fighting their asylum case. Numerous Kehilla families have offered housing to immigrants who need a stable place to live, while navigating the many challenges of coming to a new community. Kehilla members have formed teams of volunteers to accompany an individual or a family in their transition to a new life in the Bay Area. The accompaniment teams help connect families with legal services, housing, food banks, health, mental health, and dental services. They also assist family members to learn to use public transportation, take families on expeditions to explore the Bay Area, and generally provide friendship and welcome. Funds donated to the accompaniment program go directly to meet the many emergency needs of the individuals and families. While the committee helps connect people with resources, many resources are not available to asylum seekers or are not available at the moment when they're most needed. Most funds go toward emergency needs including housing, legal help, health, dental and mental health emergencies, food, and clothing. Some funds help with basic maintenance for people they're sponsoring or hosting (food, clothing, phone, Clipper Card) when the sponsor or host is not able to cover those costs. www.kehillasynagogue.org/immigration-committee

Groceries for Seniors is a community based non-profit organization that provides free food to poor, elderly people in San Francisco. The city has approximately 40,000 seniors whose income level falls below the federal poverty line and live with the daily threat of hunger. Being food-insecure can worsen chronic health problems that can in turn lead to the hospitalization. Food is a basic human need and without an adequate diet, people cannot fight off disease and infection. Low-income seniors must often choose between purchasing food, or buying medicine to keep from getting sick. Groceries for Seniors distributes nutritious fresh food to approximately 1,000 senior citizens in San Francisco every week. Without their help, many of our elderly neighbors would go hungry. www.groceriesforseniors.org

Past beneficiaries:

2018

Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay — Refugee & Immigrant Services

Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice

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 -