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KAVOD SHEF Initiative

*These images do not depict recipients of aid from KAVOD. Those receiving aid are confidential.
The images are of Holocaust Survivors from across the globe and have been taken by John Pregulman since 2012.


Recent studies indicate that 80,000 Holocaust Survivors are living today in the United States—and more than 30,000 are living at or near poverty. The support these Survivors receive does not allow them to afford what is needed to live a dignified life. Many are choosing between heat or food, medicine or rent. Others have dire living conditions because they cannot invest what is needed to repair their homes.

Recognizing the importance of reaching any Survivor regardless of where he or she lives, Seed the Dream Foundation partnered with KAVOD to establish the KAVOD Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund (SHEF) in 2019. KAVOD SHEF exponentially multiplies the dollars and vital services directly reaching Survivors as well as increases awareness to this crisis. Leveraging the funds raised through a special philanthropic national matching initiative, KAVOD SHEF works with designated communities across the United States to bring millions of additional dollars to the Survivor community.

100% of KAVOD SHEF matching funds raised are directed toward Emergency Services for Survivors and allocated through KAVOD.

Urgent and critical Emergency Services eligible for coverage through KAVOD SHEF include:

  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Medical
  • Food
  • Emergency Home Care
  • Emergency Transportation
  • Emergency Home Services (Emergency Utilities, Home Repair, and Rent Support)
  • PPE (COVID Response)
  • Delivery (COVID Response)

KAVOD SHEF funds are being utilized quickly as a secondary resource, with few restrictions, to address the unmet emergency needs of Holocaust Survivors across the United States.

The KAVOD SHEF 2021 Coalition of Communities in the United States includes the following cities as of February 2021:

Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Denver, CO; Stamford, New Canaan and Darien CT; Chicago, IL; Indianapolis, IN; Baltimore, MD; Kansas City, MO; Raleigh, NC; Cherry Hill, NJ; Metro West, NJ; Middlesex, NJ; Central NJ: Palm Beach FL; Boca Raton, FL; Portland OR; Akron, OH; Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Houston, TX; Miami, FL; New York City, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Seattle, WA; Atlantic and Cape May Counties, NJ; Broward County, FL; Dallas, TX and Hartford, CT; Atlanta, GA and SouthEast Region.

For questions, please contact Amy Israel Pregulman at amy.kavod@gmail.com

To Donate to KAVOD SHEF:

You can help raise funds for Holocaust Survivors and have your dollars double in impact on our Go Fund Me Page or by check.  
Go Fund Me – Visit our Go Fund Me page where you can read more and donate directly to KAVOD SHEF.

Or Donate By Check – Please address your check to KAVOD and mail to:

820 S. Monaco Pkwy
Suite #234
Denver, CO 80224

TAX ID: 47-5495289

 *If your donation is for KAVOD SHEF, please make a note on the memo of your check.  To support a specific city or community, please include in the memo of your donation. Otherwise your gift will go into our National Match.

*To support all regions through KAVOD SHEF, please indicate “National Match”.  To support a specific survivor community, please write the region from the above list.

**All gifts to KAVOD SHEF are tax deductible.