Bet Tzedek

Amount: 
$250,000
Year: 
2018
Field of Interest: 
Seniors
Program Name: 
For the Sake of our Elders: A Campaign to Fight Elder Abuse
Grant Type: 
Cutting Edge
Organization Description: 

Established in 1974, Bet Tzedek provides free legal assistance to thousands of needy residents throughout Los Angeles. Its approach combines direct legal representation with outreach, education, and legislative advocacy. Its services include elder law, housing, employment rights, government benefits, bankruptcy, community outreach and Holocaust survivor services.

Grant Purpose: 

For the Sake of our Elders: A Campaign to Fight Elder Abuse in the Jewish Community addresses the prevalence of elder abuse in the LA community by focusing on empowering older adults within the Jewish community to identify and speak out on the issue, and by training Jewish clergy and educators on legal responsibilities and tactics for ending elder abuse.

When I first started at Bet Tzedek, we would get one or two calls about an elder abuse case each week. Now we get double that number every day. No one has responded faster to this exploding epidemic than the visionary leadership at the Jewish Community Foundation. Together, we look forward to preventing this abuse before it happens and ensuring our community knows how to seek relief for its most vulnerable.

Jessie Kornberg
President and CEO, Bet Tzedek