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Our Mission

The mission of Fundación Tzedaká is to rescue members of the Uruguayan Jewish Community from poverty, by providing basic assistance and promoting and developing social initiatives leading to their reintegration into community life.

A great responsibility

We conceive poverty, not only as a loss of income or lack of access to services or the impediments to affording a basic food basket but also regarding its direct consequences for human beings, their quality of life, their psyche, their perception of the world, and their relationships.
We work with professionalism and commitment to help families lead a dignified life. We accompany older adults to improve their quality of life and provide the care they need. We offer children and adolescents the necessary tools for education and recreation, as well as support in their growth process. We strive to help youngsters and adults find their path and autonomy.
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People
More than 3,000 people have been through the Foundation since it opened its doors in 2003.
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Annual benefits

Benefits are provided every month in the areas of food, health, and housing, to cover the basic needs of each family.

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Children, adolescents, and youngsters
We develop educational and recreational programs to support children, adolescents, and youngsters, to offer them more opportunities and a better quality of life.
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Adults
We work on promotion programs, in various areas, focusing on employment and training.
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Seniors
We work on counseling, care, and guidance offering the support required at this stage of life, as we create spaces for bonding and cultural integration.
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Families from all over the country
Currently, our social assistance reaches hundreds of people from vulnerable contexts throughout the country.

Our History

The story of Fundación Tzedaká begins with the initiative and perseverance of Sara Kavana, a Uruguayan living in the United States who, due to the difficult socioeconomic situation that the region was experiencing in 2002, was the ideologist and pioneer in the creation of a community-based organization capable of providing an answer to poverty. Under this difficult context, and in response to the demands of Uruguayan Jewish families, Sara did not hesitate to act, inspired by a sister organization in the neighboring country: Fundación Tzedaká Argentina. Sara played an essential role in reaching out to both community leaders to join the project and the American Joint Distribution Committee for Latin America.

In 2003, Fundación Tzedaká Uruguay was created, thanks to the economic and professional support of the JDC and the participation of 15 Institutions of the Uruguayan Jewish Community, such as the Kehilot and schools within the network.

Throughout these 20 years, the tireless work, dedication and commitment of the Foundation’s presidents stand out: Leonardo Rozenblum, Jorge Stainfeld, Andrea Wysokikamien, Gabriel Werba, Milton Lubinski and Mauricio Bergstein. Their role has been and continues to be essential to give strength and continuity to this project, so that it can actually help thousands of people. We also deeply appreciate all the members who currently serve on the Board and all those who have been part of it.

From the very beginning, the Foundation was chosen by the Claims Conference to manage the resources provided to Holocaust Survivors.

With the aim of ensuring a transparent and reliable management, Fundación Tzedaká Uruguay is audited annually by the multinational consulting firm KPMG, on a pro bono basis.

Throughout all these years, more than 3,000 people have knocked on the Foundation’s doors, finding a humane, supportive and immediate response, overcoming difficulties, improving their living conditions, and managing to move ahead.

Areas of action

Food

  • Delivery of food tickets
  • Meal deliveries for people with chronic conditions and/or mobility issues.

Housing

  • Payment of rent, lodging, and home for the elderly
  • Payment of household services and taxes
  • Home repairs
  • Donation of household objects
  • Home heating

Health

  • Payment for medical orders and/or exams
  • Therapeutic assistance and gerontological nurses
  • Support in psychological, pedagogical, or motor-skills therapy
  • Dental health support and prescription glasses
  • Medication delivery

Education

  • Payment of school lunches in Jewish schools
  • Tutoring and mentoring
  • Delivery of school supplies
  • Support with school textbooks
  • JOFESH: Summer and winter camps
  • Monthly subsidy for university and/or tertiary-level students

Programs towards development

  • LABOR: Support with labor market integration
  • TARBUT: Support for cultural accessibility
  • CHAGIM: Celebration of Jewish festivities and promotion of traditions
  • CLAIMS CONFERENCE: Support for Shoah Survivors
  • Workshops and recreational activities for seniors

Guidance

  • Evaluation and follow-up interviews
  • Home visits
  • Assistance with telephone calls

A great team for solidarity

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  • Mauricio Bergstein, President
  • Milton Lubinski, Vice President
  • Gabriel Werba, Secretary
  • Mario Rybak, Treasurer
  • Armando Litvan
  • Diego Socolovsky
  • Andrea Wysokikamien
  • Sarita Kavana
  • Leonardo Rozenblum
  • Jorge Stainfeld
  • Eugenio Garfinkel
  • Eleonora Sucharczuk, Executive Director
  • Romina Poliak, Director, Social Work Department
  • Fabian Duek, Chief Financial Officer – Accounting and Administrative/Compliance Officer
  • Andrea Ghindelschi, Fundraising
  • Ilana Lustgarten, Head of Strategy
  • Marta Moscona, Assistant Director
  • Mónica Markenson, Operations Assistant
  • Ethel Katzkowich, Social Operator
  • Andrea Deutsch, Social Operator
  • Paula Baez, Social Operator
  • Valeria Gularte, Social Operator
  • Alex Feinberg, Social Operator
  • Denisse Cohen, Administrative Assistant for the Social Work
    Department
  • Lucía Clavijo, Pharmaceutical Chemist Labriut
  • Michael Wigozky, Claims Conference Advisor
  • Adriana Almeida
  • Verónica Biderman
  • Yanina Bursztyn
  • Sandra Goldwasser
  • Yael Liberjen
  • Liliana Gutman
  • Jacqueline Parnas
  • Aline Polak
  • Nataline Steinbruch
  • Mariela Zumer
  • Rosa Abuelafia
  • Tamar Bergstein
  • Felicia Brenner
  • Andrea Burcatovsky
  • Uri Drachman
  • Lucien Dzimalkovski
  • Ruth Gajer
  • Sylvia Goldstein
  • Michel Grauser
  • Aline Hernstadt
  • Stephanie Hochman
  • León Kalansky
  • Claudia Kohen
  • Beni Liberman
  • Ariel Lijtenstein
  • Camila Lijtenstein
  • Melanie Lubinski
  • Rafael Mokobocki
  • Tamar Rausky
  • Paula Rozenblum
  • Laura Skidelsky
  • Karen Szwarcfiter
  • Alejandro Tocar

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD

  • Herbert Donner Z”L
  • Jorge Elenberg Z´´L
  • Eugenio Garfinkel
  • Ariel Lijtenstein
  • Bettina Mandel
  • Ruthy Mandel
  • Nora Nachumow Z”L
  • José Rajchman
  • León Rosenblatt Z”L
  • Viviane Sasson de Manhard
  • Laura Skidelsky
  • Guillermo Szabo
  • NestorSztryk
  • Jacobo Wolkowicz

CREATOR OF THE LEV GADOL PROJECT

  • Miriam Stainfeld

MEMBERS OF THE WOMEN IN SOLIDARITY COMMISSION

  • Rosa Abuelafia
  • Felicia Brenner
  • Regina Goldstein
  • Graciela Lempert
  • Ethel Lissman
  • Viviane Manhard
  • Eliana Schutz
  • Dinah Spitalnik
  • Miriam Stainfeld
  • Noemí Szabo
  • Karen Szwarfiter
  • Clara Volyvovic
  • Andrea Wysokikamien
  • Natalie Zador
  • Silvia Zimet

MEMBERS OF THE TZEDAKÁ YOUTH COMMISSION

  • Roger Apoj
  • Jacky Asallas
  • Daniel Cynowicz
  • Joel Felscher
  • Elianne Hecht
  • Nicole Igelka
  • Valentina Jinchuk
  • Ilana Lamstein
  • Michelle Levitin
  • Carlos Levy
  • Fabiana Lijtenstein
  • Ilana Lustgarten
  • Rafael Mokobocki
  • Ariel Najman
  • Yaco Nuchowich
  • Pablo Rother
  • Paola Scharf
  • Denise Schwartz
  • Diego Socolovsky
  • Paula Stolowicz
  • Claudia Szafran
  • Gabriel Szames
  • Romina Sztarcsevszky
  • Andrea Telechanski
  • Ifat Taube
  • Daniel Trocki
  • Natalia Zolkwer

SPECIAL MENTIONS

  • Pipe Stein

COLLABORATORS

  • Ruthy Apelblat
  • Daniel Cohn
  • Marcelo Cynovich
  • Yoel Cynovich
  • Marcelo Gerstenfeld
  • Avi Greiver
  • Diego Halegua
  • Ana Jerozolimski
  • Roni Kaplan
  • Richard Kaufmann
  • Fernando Kogan
  • Danna Liberman
  • Sandra Ryzowy Shpielberg
  • Estudio Vilensky
  • Julián Weich
  • Harold Wiener

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