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  • Your gift helps the neediest New Yorkers live healthier, safer, and stronger.
  • Your gift brings together children, families, and older adults to celebrate community and culture.
  • Your gift empowers low-income immigrants to build pathways to better jobs.

For nearly a century, the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst has been a visionary leader serving people in southwest Brooklyn and throughout New York City. We help people of all ages and stages in life connect, learn, build skills, stay safe and healthy, and lift themselves out of poverty towards better futures.

The Marks JCH rises up to meet the moment. We help newly arrived immigrants who are fleeing persecution, New Yorkers who have lost everything in natural disasters, vulnerable Holocaust survivors left isolated and reeling during the global pandemic, children and teens navigating pressures at home and at school, single mothers with no one else to turn to… Our support for those in need is grounded in compassion, creativity, and operational excellence.

Will you donate today to help us maintain vital services for the community?


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Other ways to donate:

The Marks JCH also gratefully accepts donations via check. Please make your check payable to MARKS JCH, write your email address in the check’s memo, and mail your check to:

Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11214

If you require additional assistance with making a donation, please contact Violetta Shmulenzon at 718-943-6328.

Donor Privacy Policy

Marks JCH is committed to respecting the privacy of our donors, whether the donation is made online, by mail, or any other method. We seek and record only information that is relevant to our fundraising efforts, and record the information in an accurate, objective and factual manner. We strive to protect the confidentiality of all information concerning donors, and honor and protect donors’ rights to anonymity [to the extent provided by law]. Marks JCH conducts online transactions through a system that employs high-level security technology to protect the donor’s personal information. To the extent any donations are processed through a third-party service provider, our donors’ information will only be used for purposes necessary to process the donation. Marks JCH will not share or sell a donor’s personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. This policy applies to all information received by Marks JCH, both online and offline, as well as any electronic, written, or oral communications.

Why Give?

The Marks JCH is a full-scope human services agency. We speak our clients’ language. Literally. We are (mostly) immigrants serving immigrants — we understand our clients’ cultures and perspectives, and we establish deeply trusting relationships with them. When we provide a helping hand, it’s not just for one crisis, but for years, and through generations of family members. The people we serve depend on us to provide ongoing, uninterrupted support, no matter what. Donations help us maintain continuous services and respond to emerging needs.

Marks JCH supports women:

Olga, a single mother, struggled to continue her education when she lost her job and developed health issues during the pandemic. Olga said, “I’m a single mom and also in my second year at City College studying early childhood education. It was getting tough to cover my tuition. I even considered dropping out. I feared that everything I’ve been working toward since I emigrated from Russia would all unravel. I picked up the phone and called the Marks JCH, a place I knew I could trust. Through their COVID Relief Hub, I got assigned to a specialist who helped me receive unemployment insurance benefits and support from a mental health counselor. I also spoke with a career counselor who understood how important it is for me to continue my education. The Relief Hub gave me emergency cash assistance to help cover my tuition and sign up for the next semester.

Marks JCH supports children and teens:

Vladimir, a very bright boy with a difficult background and a range of behavioral issues, came to the Marks JCH’s Robbins-Corenman After School Center in 1st grade. He particularly struggled in reading. He was enrolled in our mentoring and a Read-With-a-Kid programs, and our After School director personally checked Vladimir’s homework each day. We discovered that he was fascinated by our computer classes and was willing to do any amount of additional reading just to earn 15 more minutes in the computer lab. Over time, Vladimir’s school performance improved, and he became a computer “specialist” who could help other children in his class. He rose to the top fifth percentile in his class and is well on his way to a bright future.

Marks JCH supports older adults:

After surviving Nazi concentration camp as a young man, Holocaust survivor Alexander had to survive another deadly, terrifying threat in his mid-80s: the COVID-19 pandemic. He and his wife, Agnessa, were thrilled when the first vaccines became available. However, like the hundreds of other older adults that the Marks JCH serves, they were unable to obtain scarce vaccination appointments. The Marks JCH sprang into action and in less than a week secured a partnership with a mobile vaccination provider to create a pop-up vaccination site. Marks JCH staff arranged vaccination appointments, transportation, and on-site interpreters for 330 Holocaust survivors, including Alexander and Agnessa. After a year of isolation at home, cut off from family, friends, and even medical appointments and other necessities, the pop-up clinic meant that Holocaust survivors finally were one step closer to reconnecting with loved ones and the wider world.

Ways to Give

The Annual Fund

The Annual Fund helps the Marks JCH quickly address emerging community needs and maintain consistent services in the face of government funding cutbacks. Emergency services in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, outreach to homebound seniors during the pandemic, finding housing and other essentials for an influx of Ukrainian refugees… the Annual Fund fuels our agile response, while also maintaining continuity in staffing, operations, and programming.

Tributes and Memorials

Do you have a family member or friend who holds a special place in your heart? Share the memory of a loved one or celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, weddings and anniversaries by making a donation in their honor.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs, doubling charitable donations made by their employees. See if your company offers such a program, and take advantage of the opportunity to provide twice as much support to the Marks JCH community.

Naming Opportunities

Walking through the Marks JCH, you’ll see the names of many individuals and families who have made a permanent commitment to our tradition of service, support, and celebration. Whether in the hallways and classrooms of our recently-completed rooftop expansion, or in other notable, high-traffic areas of our facility, these donors are recognized for their inspirational generosity. Other donors have become a part of the community’s permanent history by commissioning one or more custom-designed ceramic tiles as part of our striking Tree of Life display and tile wall in our historic building’s entry lobby. Please consider joining those whose names adorn our vibrant, active space.

Leave a Legacy

You and your family can support the Marks JCH through a legacy gift. This could include a bequest, an income generating annuity , insurance or retirement fund gifts, or other giving vehicles. Through a legacy gift, your generosity endures and creates a loving example for future generations.