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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. 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) 

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 2020 Coalition of Communities in the United States includes the following cities as of June 2020:

Phoenix, AZ; Tucson, AZ; San Diego, CA; Silicon Valley, CA; Denver, CO; Fairfield County, 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, and Los Angeles CA.

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 send checks made out to KAVOD (indicate KAVOD SHEF & your region in the memo) and mail to: 

Attn: Amy Israel Pregulman
1779 Kirby Pkwy
Memphis, Tn 38138

*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.