Supporting the JCH through COVID-19 and beyond:

For more than 90 years, the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst has served the Brooklyn Jewish community and New Yorkers throughout our city with compassion, creativity, and vision. We have been an anchor to help people connect, build skills, learn, celebrate, and lift themselves out of poverty towards better futures.

Our mission continues, our commitment to our community endures, and we are working harder than ever. But, in this unprecedented global crisis, the work and the needs are radically different. As of today:

  • 50% of families have lost part of their income, and 25% have lost all household income.
  • 30% of families worry that they will not be able to put food on the table.
  • 700 Holocaust Survivors who, after all they have endured, are now virtually cut off from the outside world.

The Marks JCH has always been a bold leader. We find new solutions to help people build better lives – which is exactly what we are doing now, serving as a steadfast resource to help some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers get through this crisis. But we cannot do it without your help.

As sources of income from the city, state and partner organizations become unavailable or uncertain, we must turn to our friends and supporters for the donations that will enable us to keep helping our community. Please consider making a donation to the Marks JCH, which will help children, families, and the elderly in this unprecedented time of need.


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Other ways to donate:

By telephone, through the mail or by using a regular donation form. In addition, to learn how to maximize your gift through the UJA Federation of NY matching program (for new and existing donors.) Please contact Violetta Shmulenzon at 718-943-6328 to arrange a donation or seek further information about our charity programs. The JCH is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Check may be sent to:
Edith and Carl Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
7802 Bay Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Please make all checks payable to “MARKS JCH, please provide your email address in the check’s memo, thank you!

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 COVID-19 crisis has created a vast new set of needs in our community. From helping homebound seniors and families to put food on the table, to our social workers working through ongoing mental health issues and domestic violence instances, the Marks JCH remains a vital lifeline to the neediest New Yorkers.

Here are a few examples how past donations changed lives:

Supporting Families:

A single-parent family struggling to make it out of poverty was completely destabilized by the COVID-19 crisis. Without a support network, the working single mother of a child enrolled in the Marks JCH Early Childhood Center was forced to quit her job and studies, and lose her only income when all NYC schools and programs were paused in mid-March. The family had counted on the Marks JCH not only for safe and nurturing childcare but for most of the meals the child ate. With no other means for support, the mother turned to the JCH for help. Our Single Parent Center Coordinator immediately assisted the family in applying for government benefits and providing a critical food voucher in the short term. Our Family Violence Protection professionals are working towards advocating for child support payments being reinstated during the staggering of the legal system in NYC. The family was connected and received technology equipment to ensure the child is able to join the daily virtual sessions connecting to peers and caring teachers. Most critically, a UJA-Federation cash relief fund supported the family in rent and utilities payments that will allow the mother time to plan ahead and ensure she is not months behind in bills sinking the family further into desperation and debt. Our team is in constant communication with the mother offering new resources, clarifying the rapid information released, and allowing the family to feel supported even while our doors remain closed.

Supporting Children:

Vladimir, a very bright boy with an extremely difficult background and a range of behavioral difficulties, came to the Robbins-Corenman After School Center in 1st grade. With a single mother working two jobs to support her family, Vladimir’s struggles with reading were affecting the rest of his studies.

At the JCH, he was given significant individual attention. He was enrolled in our mentoring and a Read-With-a-Kid programs, and our After School director personally checked Vladimir’s homework assignment 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. Vladimir not only improved his grades, but he became a computer “specialist” and began helping other children in the class.

Initially, there was a fear that Vladimir would be held back at school due to his poor reading ability. He ended up in the top fifth percentile in his class and became one of the most-accomplished children in our After School program. He has a future as bright as any, made possible by those who funded his development at the JCH.

Supporting Holocaust Survivors:

At 89 years old, a survivor of the Bershad Ghetto and one of the most active members of the JCH Yiddish revival club is now facing extreme social isolation due to COVID-19.  She lost her husband decades before and now the use of her legs. As she explained, her legs have just given out on her and she requires an oxygen tank during the day.  Her only connection to the world outside now is her home care worker who is only there for a few hours of the day. She turned to the JCH and the professionals she has known for decades and through our cash relief funds we have been able to provide additional hours and night time coverage for her beloved and trusted home care worker and deliver a kosher Passover meal – holiday she loves most as it celebrates freedom – something she lost, and regained multiple times in her life.  Having experienced the horrors of concentration camps, labor camps, and deportation, our survivors still had the strength to emigrate to the U.S. to seek a better life, and the JCH continues to help achieve that.


Ways to Give

The Annual Fund

The JCH uses its Annual Fund to quickly address emerging needs in the community and fill financial gaps resulting from government cutbacks

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 his or her honor. It’s an enduring way to show how much you care.

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 if so take advantage of the opportunity to provide twice as much support to the JCH community.

Naming Opportunities

Walking through the JCH, you’ll see the names of many individuals who have made us a vital part of the community. We recently completed our rooftop expansion, for example, and the names that now grace the building and classrooms echo the legacy of those who built and nurtured this institution. For generations to come, these donors will be celebrated for their great generosity and commitment to charity. Please consider joining those whose legacy endures at the JCH. Choose to tie your name or that of a loved one to a community that helps so many.

Tree of Life & Tile Wall

Become a part of the community’s permanent history by commissioning one or more custom-designed ceramic tiles, displayed in the entry hall of our building.The project was a key component of a landmark capital campaign that successfully raised $10 million to renovate the JCH. With a similar initiative under way for our “Tree of Life” in our lobby, tiles and leaves are available for purchase.