Noah Gradofsky's Young Rabbis' Delegation Fundraising Page

Team Fundraising Goal: $2,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 13
Total Value of Gifts: $1,060.00

Recent Donors

In honor of Patrick & Keira

Blessings for a year of peace and love!

In honor of Jacob & Sarah

Blessings for a New Year of life, love and joy!

In memory of Harry, Irene & Edith

L'Shana Tova!

Rabbi Kenneth Greene

moriah marks

In memory of Baruch & Aliza Shamash

Jacqueline Coven

Full Donor List Opens new window.Full Donor List

About The Young Rabbis' Delegation

Being a part of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS) Young Rabbis' Delegation was a truly profound experience.

We spent most of our time in Muchucuxcah, Yucatan, Mexico.

For six days, we became part of a community. We ate meals at local homes and talked with our hosts about their lives in Muchucuxcah and our lives in the US realizing how much of life is truly universal. We helped to carry cinder blocks and bags of sand, part of building fish tanks, which would be a direct source of nutrition and a source for nutrient-rich water for irrigation. We shared communal meals and countless friendly "hola!"s as we passed by children as we walked in the village.

During our time in Muchucuxcah we learned a lot about heroism. We spoke to many families who worried about the source of their next meal, but worried as much about building their children's future through education. We were awed by the level of sacrifice on behalf of their children. We saw the hard work that men and women do in order to provide for and care for their families. We met Angela and Sigismondo Lucidi, founders of El Hombre Sobre La Tierra (HST), which assists the population in living off the land through responsible, organic farming, handcrafts, etc. We met Magdalena, who told us that a few years ago her children often got sick due to lack of nutrition. We toured her farm, where Magdalena's fortitude, combined with the assistance of HST has allowed Magdalena to provide for her family.

We also learned about the important work that AJWS does in this world. AJWS makes more than 350 grants in more than 30 countries throughout the global south to groups like HST, supporting local projects run by conscientious people who understand the local population, its needs, and its abilities, far better than any well-meaning outsider could. Beyond grantmaking, AJWS is also a recognized leader in disaster relief, and a major activist in political advocacy for social justice issues, including working to stop genocide in Darfur.

As we left Muchucuxcah, we traveled to Cancun. We learned how people often migrate to Cancun out of desperation when they simply cannot support themselves and their families in rural areas. Often men come to seek work, in the hopes of sending money back home. Often, their expenses in Cancun exceed their income and their despair and hopelessness becomes even more palpable. While in Cancun, we visited with people in a colonia, a collection of shanties, where we witnessed a level of poverty that most of us had not witnessed before, where people live without running water and in many cases without electricity. One woman, living in a one-room shack with her husband and two children described her son waking up at night to ask for yogurt (his favorite food) which his mother did not have. Another woman described how she did not have enough money when the water delivery last came by, so she hadn't had water for three days. And yet, even here there were sparks of heroism, often in the form of families spending a large portion of their income (usually around 1,200 pesos/$100 per week) on registration fees, uniforms, and other expenses to provide for their children's education. It was abundantly clear that these were people who were in a desperate situation not because of lack of ambition or intelligence, but because of lack of opportunity. With this in mind, we watched in awe as the few residents of Muchucuxcah who had joined us on this leg of our journey spoke to our hosts in the colonia about some of the skills that they had learned from HST and how those skills might help our hosts to improve their own lives.

It was with bitter irony that we returned to the Cancun airport and saw signs saying "welcome to paradise." Whose paradise was this and at what cost?

Being a Part of the Solution

During our trip, we asked ourselves many questions. What does it mean to be poor? What living conditions should be considered the right of every human being? Where do our responsibilities lie? How do we balance our responsibilities to our family and friends with our responsibilities to perhaps nameless and faceless people who face challenges far beyond what we and our loved ones face? What would our lives be, but for the accident of our birthplace? How do we balance our concern for the Jewish people with our sacred responsibility to care about the needs of every creature on earth? How can we best use the resources with which we have been blessed to uplift others while affirming their individuality and their dignity?

Perhaps the answers to these questions are beyond our reach. But we cannot allow ourselves the luxury of being overwhelmed by these questions. As Rabbi Tarfon teaches in Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) (2:16) “The work is not upon you to finish, but neither are you free to abstain from it.”

AJWS is an important part of beginning to answer these questions. As individuals, we cannot aspire to solve these problems. As a Jewish people, we can affirm our dedication to confronting these challenges. With that, I ask you to join me in supporting AJWS. Please help me toward my personal goal of raising $2,000 (click on "make a donation" above), and add AJWS to the list of charities that you regularly support.

To learn more about AJWS, please visit, sign up for their e-mail list, and consider joining them for a study or service tour. Also, be sure to browse the “get involved” section of their website to learn other ways that you can support social justice in this world.

Thank you supporting this tremendously important organization,
Rabbi Noah Gradofsky

Donating by Check

Please note: If you care to make your donation by check, please note my name and the AJWS Young Rabbis' Delegation and mail your check to:

American Jewish World Service
Attn: Adina Mermelstein
45 West 36th Street, 11th floor
New York, NY 10018-7904

Guest Book

If you would like, you can add your name and a short message to our Guest Book. Thank you.

Sign the Guest Book

Records 26 - 50 of 1,001+

Cedric Cooley
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
Lasers are used in applications that rely on precise measurements and exact alignments. Mobile phones with android operating system are also very expensive in Pakistan. -Drivers service levels, KPI improvement and compliance.
Check out my blog post: Giffgaff.Com Activate ( %url )

Sun, Apr 07, 2019
You've got good knowlwdge on this website.
Also visit my website ... minecraft ( %url )

Bryon McGill
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
You're a really beneficial internet site; couldn't make it without ya!
Also visit my blog post; minecraft ( %url )

Harold Beem
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
Wow, attractive portal. Thnx ...
my blog: minecraft ( %url )

Roberto Leason
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
Awesome Web page, Continue the very good job. With thanks!
Feel free to surf to my blog post - agen sbobet ( %url )

Maritza Mull
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
A special familiarity with seo is required to produce a successful news post. Solid onsite optimization requires the following steps:Title and Meta Tags:Your title tag should reflect much of your keyword phrase. Once you've created a name for yourself, as well as a catchy design people can identify right away, as well as a personality people are drawn to, you've got built a good brand name and it is time to expand your reach.
Here is my web blog ... grating ( %url )

Sat, Apr 06, 2019
Amazing....this is a important online site.
Here is my page: minecraft ( %url )

Sat, Apr 06, 2019
I enjoy the data on your internet site. Thanks for your time!
Feel free to visit my web site agen bola ( %url )

Mohammed Haygood
Sat, Apr 06, 2019
Many thanks extremely helpful. Will share website with my pals.
Review my web site minecraft ( %url )

Fri, Apr 05, 2019
Much thanks! This is an superb site!
Also visit my web site :: minecraft ( %url )

Fri, Apr 05, 2019
Great looking website. Assume you did a great deal of your own html coding.
My homepage ... minecraft ( %url )

Fri, Apr 05, 2019
Wow because this is great job! Congrats and keep it up.
Also visit my homepage :: minecraft ( %url )

Bernard Blank
Thu, Apr 04, 2019
You're an extremely beneficial web site; couldn't make it without ya!
Look into my homepage - minecraft ( %url )

Thu, Apr 04, 2019
Really desired to state Now i'm pleased that i stumbled upon your webpage.
Feel free to surf to my blog post minecraft ( %url )

Thu, Apr 04, 2019
Great internet site! It looks very professional! Keep up the great work!
Feel free to visit my website; minecraft ( %url )

Henrietta Lafountain
Thu, Apr 04, 2019
Wow, stunning site. Thnx ...
My blog post: minecraft ( %url )

Thu, Apr 04, 2019
I like this website - its so usefull and helpfull.
my web blog ... minecraft ( %url )

Thu, Apr 04, 2019
It's good for odor controls too, so it helps maintain your sink smelling fresh and clean. Get into action by emptying the drawers completely and get rid of whatever you can. Ideally, you should clean off any residues left from cooking after each barbecue session, in much the same way as you would clean a saucepan or grill tray after cooking in it.
Here is my weblog: ____ ___ ____ ______ ( %url )

Wed, Apr 03, 2019
Great webpage you possess right here.
My blog post :: Ligaindo55 ( %url )

Quyen Pinner
Tue, Apr 02, 2019
Maintain the spectacular work !! Lovin' it!
Here is my webpage - colok naga ( %url )

Tue, Apr 02, 2019
Good post and right to the point. I don't know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you folks have any thoughts on where to employ some professional writers? Thx :)
my web site ... for more info ( %url )

Tue, Apr 02, 2019
Greate article. Keep writing such kind of info on your blog. Im really impressed by it.[X-N-E-W-L-I-N-S-P-I-N-X]Hi there, You've done an incredible job. I'll definitely digg it and for my part suggest to my friends. I am confident they will be benefited from this web site.
Also visit my web site :: gold panning tools ( %url )

Mon, Apr 01, 2019
Thanks with regard to giving these sort of terrific post.
Also visit my web-site - minecraft ( %url )

Mon, Apr 01, 2019
Thanks intended for furnishing these kinds of great info.
my web site minecraft ( %url )

Lilla Chamberlain
Mon, Apr 01, 2019
Thanks, this website is extremely valuable.
Also visit my blog post :: minecraft ( %url )

Records 26 - 50 of 1,001+

If you think this page contains objectionable content, please inform the system administrator.