You have a unique opportunity to meet renowned Nazi hunter Steven Rambam and help provide “urgent, short-term relief to impoverished Jews in the Greater Toronto Area” by attending United Chesed of Toronto’s 2014 Fundraising Dinner, Tuesday, June 24/14, at B’Nai Brith Canada, 15 Hove Street, Toronto. You are asked to please register by June 11/14.
Mr. Rambam has played a primary role in locating and investigating nearly 300 Nazis, collaborators and war criminals, and was recognized by the Canadian government for his work.
- Speech only (8:00pm): $30
- Dinner & speech (6:00): $125 (tax receipts will be issued)
- Group table of 10 (dinner & speech): $1,000
- There are also sponsorship opportunities as well.
Registration/Additional info (please register by June 11/14)
- Download event poster: [PDF]
- Register Online: www.UnitedChesed.com
- Register by Telephone: 416.663.3339
- Register by Email: email@example.com
About United Chesed of Toronto (from their blog)
“United Chesed of Toronto is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering a community that supports and stabilises those struggling with poverty. They offer urgent and short-term relief to families and individuals in crises situations, responding with immediacy, care, and discretion to the pleas of Jews from all walks of life and affiliations.
Each year, UCT distributes over $50,000 in food coupons and other forms of financial assistance. It also facilitates thousands of donations of furniture, household items, medical equipment and other recyclable goods through its extensive online network, and runs a number of annual drives including a High Holiday Food Drive, School Supplies Drive, Toy Drive, and Toiletries Drive. Chesed means kindness or charity in Hebrew.”
[What does United Chesed do?]
The Toronto Jewish Community has many resources available for those in need. As do the Canadian federal and Ontario provincial governments. We are not here to do their jobs. We couldn’t if we wanted to – we’re too small an organization.
We’re here to fill the gaps.
The best metaphor we have for you is an Emergency Room. When someone has a medical emergency then the ER is where they go. Sometimes it’s a last resort destination, after clinics, doctors’ offices, and nurses’ hotlines aren’t able to help. Sometimes it’s a first resort destination, when a person doesn’t know where else to go and doesn’t have the time to wait. In some cases, the patient is treated in the ER and goes home all patched up. In some cases, the ER isn’t equipped to help and all it can do is send the person along to a medical expert that can help with that patient’s particular problem. In most cases, the solution is somewhere in between. And, in every case, the ER is all about triage, about prioritization and speed – about knowledgeable individuals making quick assessments and moving patients through the process, as expeditiously as possible.
That’s United Chesed. We do triage for financial emergencies. Some of our “patients” – we call them clients – come to us first because they aren’t aware of all the resources available to them. Some come to us after every other option that they’ve tried has been unsuccessful. They come to us because they don’t have the time to wait for paperwork to be processed and appointments to be scheduled.
Sometimes what we do is enough – a client, for example, can usually make ends meet but this one time there’s just one unexpected bill. We pay it and they go back to their lives.
Most times, though, that is not the case. After all, most emergency room patients have quite a road of recovery ahead of them that can’t be permanently fixed in the ER. We understand that. So, we do what needs to be done to stabilize our clients – be it a food coupon, a bill payment, or a donated item, such as diapers or medical equipment – then we refer them to an agency or organization that can better assist them, long-term. Think of it like an ER doctor referring a patient to a specialist for follow-up treatments.
As with an emergency room, we see people at their worst – when they’ve been hurt, humiliated, mistreated, and neglected. We talk to clients who are overwhelmed by their situations, who are confused and angry. Clients who are suffering alone and clients who are watching their children suffer alongside them. We do what we can. We listen to them, we bandage them up, we point them in the right direction. And then we hope.
We hope – like every triage nurse, like every ER doctor – we hope that that person will never have to see us again.
(See also…United Chesed of Toronto: What We Do.)
POSTED BY: Mark Vandermaas, firstname.lastname@example.org