Jewish Press of Tampa

Agency boosts matching funds to aid survivors

Aid for Tampa Bay area Holocaust survivors is getting a shot in the arm thanks to several local Jewish organizations teaming up with a national project devoted to aiding Holocaust survivors in need.

Two non-profits, Kavod and the Seed the Dream Foundation, in 2019 established the Kavod-SHEF (Survivors of the Holocaust Emergency Fund) and this year offered to match up to $150,000 raised to help Tampa Bay area survivors. Now, Gulf Coast JCFS has announced that the Kavod-Shef project has pledged another $50,000 in matching funds, meaning a potential of $400,000 can be raised for local survivors.

This $400,000 is a partial estimate of the amount needed to meet home care, food, housing, and other essentials for local Holocaust survivors across the Greater Tampa Bay area, not currently covered by other funding, a Gulf Coast official said. Through its various programs, Gulf Coast JFCS assists about 250 survivors, according to the agency’s website.

Following Gulf Coast JFCS annual gala in March, the agency met the first $150,000 match challenge and now has until the end of the year to raise the additional $50,000 in donations.

The fundraising effort is being conducted in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast and the Tampa JCCs and Federation.

Contributions to this match gift fund can be made at or contact Sue Farley at (727) 418-2787 or

Donations can also be made by contacting one of the partnering agencies and designating your contribution for the “GCJFCS Holocaust Survivor Program Urgent Care Fund.” At the Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast, contact Maxine Kaufman at (727) 333-3106 or At Tampa JCCs and Federation the contact is Alissa Fischel at (813) 769-4726 or alissa.

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