23 April 2010

We Are One. One Love.

The Kotel 
Some people think that other people are like cars on a road, each with its own origin and destination, interacting with others only to negotiate lane changes and turns.

And for us are also?
People are not cars. They are living things necessary, reinforce each other, share reach their destination together. When we are living,  there are proximity of the heat and loneliness.

People belong to families. Families of established communities. The communities are the colors of many people in the world. And all these people are one body, beautiful soul called humanity.

Each has its place in the tree of life, each sharing the power supply of the tree which depends for its survival.
None of us walks alone. Each one carries the experience of ancestors, wherever they go, along with their problems, their traumas, their victories, their hopes and aspirations. Our thoughts grow in their thoughts, our destiny is shaped their goals. The highest peak that can come, there they are holding our hand, pushing up, leaning on his shoulders. And we share the shoulders, in that sense, this legacy to all brothers and sisters of our people.
That's why our people is so important: If we want to be at peace with everyone else in the world, we must begin with our brothers and sisters. So you can find peace within himself. And when you find it, you can help us find peace in the world.
Every Jew is a brother or sister of a large family of many thousands of years. When a Jew walk, walk with sages and martyrs, heroes and heroines, walks with the legends and miracles, all the way brings us back to Abraham and Sarah, the first two Jews who defied the world with their ideals. We go forward with the legacy of those who lived, died and yearned for a better world, a perfect world.

Your destiny is our destiny. Are fulfilled in us. In each one of us and all of us together, we will be one.
When a Jew is an act of kindness, all extend their hands to their kindness. If you fall into sin for a Jew, we all stumble. If one suffers, we all feel pain. When one rejoices, we all feel happy. In our unit, we will find our destiny and our destiny is to be one. Because we are one body, breathing with a single set of lungs, heart pounding, with a single driving in the right direction. We are one. One love.

20 April 2010

Israel 62 Years - Independence Day

19 April 2010

Initiative from Microsoft® Charity

How It Works

The i’m Initiative from Microsoft® makes helping social causes easy. Every time you use Windows Live™ Messenger or Windows Live Hotmail®, our free webmail service, we'll share a portion of our advertising revenue with the cause you choose from among our partner social cause organizations. Exactly how much will we share with our partner causes? Well, that's up to you and the growing masses of i’m Initiative users. The more messages you send, the more we give.
Now the small things you do every day, like e-mailing and IMing, can make a big difference.

13 April 2010

Bank of Umbilical Cord Blood

"John is a donor of stem cells umbilical cord"
Aiming contribute to the improvement of medicine in our country and be consistent with their vocation, the Beneficent Society Hospital Albert Einstein is a public bank for umbilical cord blood: the RedeCord.

This initiative, linked to the network BrasilCord the Ministry of Health and with the collaboration of the transfusion centers from Unicamp and USP - Ribeirão Preto, aims to benefit thousands of Brazilians.

Current applications of stem cells in medicine - Stem cells from umbilical cord are used as an alternative to bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia, lymphoma, aplastic anemia and inherited disorders of blood, like sickle cell anemia and thalassemia. Stem cells are derived mainly from bone marrow and, in addition to its use in bone marrow transplantation, recently they have been used in the treatment of refractory cardiac vascular diseases. Other types of stem cells are derived from preimplantation embryos (blastocysts) have great potential for differentiation and, theoretically, could give rise to any tissue type.

World Overview - Banks Umbilical Cord Blood are being created in several countries, especially the global network NetCord, a nonprofit institution, established in Europe. This network, which already has about 180 thousand units frozen gathers associated banks in Europe, Australia, Israel, USA and Japan
In Brazil, the Ministry of Health regulates the operation of banks of umbilical cord blood. For operation of the bank RedeCord also will adopt the principles of ethical and technical NetCord.

Objectives RedeCord - In 5 years, the RedeCord should reach 10 thousand samples of umbilical cord blood among the 20 thousand samples provided for the initial phase of BrasilCord. Moreover, there is the possibility to exchange samples with foreign banks participating in the global network Netcord, increasing the chances of finding compatible cells for transplantation.

11 April 2010

Happy Music Project

The idea is very simple.
Since 2005 the idea of "Project Happy Music" is to create songs with the name of the child or adolescent suffering from severe or chronic disease and thereby help raise their self-esteem. Comforting and motivating to face the difficult time that is passing.
Listen to some of our songs accessing the menu "music".
If you know any child or teenager who is sick disseminate our work to those responsible for them and if they want to request a song, it's totally free.

10 April 2010

Kehillat Israel

Kehillat Israel as a Philanthropic Community

Who is considered to be truly wealthy?
- Rabbi Meir said, "One who derives peace of mind from his wealth.” Talmud, Shabbat 25b

Kehillat Israel is at the core a philanthropic community and our mission is to draw upon the spiritual teachings of Jewish tradition to serve those most vulnerable in our society. Shimon the Tzadik taught, 'The world is sustained by three things: by study of Torah, by prayer and by acts of loving kindness.'"- Talmud

Kehillat Israel's commitment to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam (heal the world) can be seen every day in the congregation's large network of task forces and community service projects that serve the homeless, teach literacy, provide support for new immigrants, comfort those experiencing personal and family traumas, support food banks, fight crippling diseases and work on behalf of a spiritual approach to the environment.

- Get Involved:
Do something to make the world a better place for yourself, your family and future generations. What do you uniquely have to offer? Who you are!

- Donation:
You can help maintain the religious, educational and cultural programs of our synagogue community by a contribution in honor, or in memory, of a loved one, which would be deeply appreciated.

07 April 2010

Fighting Childhood Cancer - GRAACC

The GRAACC - Grupo de Apoio ao Adolescente e à Criança com Câncer (Support Group for Children and Adolescents with Cancer) - is a nonprofit brazilian institution, established to ensure that children and adolescents with the right to access all the chances of cure with quality of life in the most advanced scientific standard . The hospital conducts monthly GRAACC about 2,500 calls between chemotherapy sessions, consultations, outpatient procedures, surgery, bone marrow transplants and others. In addition to diagnosing and treating childhood cancer, GRAACC works in the development of teaching and research.

The GRAACC was born in 1991, thanks to initiative of Dr. Sergio Petrilli, head of Oncology Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine, engineer volunteer Jacinto Antonio Guidolin and Mrs. Lea Della Casa Mingione, volunteer at the Cancer Hospital.

The first step was to transfer the Division of Pediatric Oncology, Hospital Sao Paulo for a house, which became known as the "house". Younger patients were seen at that location, within the concept of day hospital where they received medical attention and care and returned to their homes.

Based on university partnership / company / community GRAACC awakened in companies and institutions with a broad vision social confidence and interest in participating in the construction of the Pediatric Oncology Institute - IOP, the hospital's GRAACC.

In May 1998, that dream becomes reality. It built a modern hospital nine floors and two basements, at 4,200 square meters, specializing in the care of children and adolescents with cancer.

Today, the hospital is managed and administered by GRAACC and medical care, teaching and research are conducted in partnership with the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP / EPM).

Annually, the GRAACC is audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Since 2008, volunteering to GRAACC is certified with ISO 9001.

Want to help? Donate Online (website in Portuguese)  
or use the Online Store (buying and helping)

05 April 2010

The Ayrton Senna Institute

On 1 May 1994 Brazil has lost a great Brazilian at Formula 1 and one of the greatest drivers of all time. Months after the crash at Imola, Ayrton Senna's family started the first legal steps towards the creation of Instituto Ayrton Senna.
This initiative coincided with a pilot's dream: unhappy with the reality of the country, Ayrton had already expressed a desire to have some concrete action to help children and youth - main victims of unequal society - to  develop full.
Since then, his main goal has been to create work opportunities for human development to children and young Brazilians, in cooperation with businesses, governments, municipalities, schools, universities and NGOs

"Having founded on the life and ideals of Ayrton Senna, contribute to creating conditions and opportunities for all children and all of Brazilian adolescents to develop their full potential as individuals, citizens and future professionals."

Brazil is the 8th economic power in the world, although it is among the countries with the highest levels of exclusion and social inequality: in the ranking of Human Development, occupies the 70th place.

This difference between Brazil economic and Brasil social points to the paramount need to work for human development of new generations.

The Ayrton Senna Institute believes in transforming the country from the co-responsibility of the three sectors - government agencies, businesses and civil society organizations - to develop public policies that act at scale, promote child and adolescent, positively interfering in its realities .

Click to help the Ayrton Senna Institute

01 April 2010

SOS Children's Villages

Village in Pondicherry is home to 142 children - Photo: D. Sansoni
Since its founding in 1949, SOS Children's Villages has expanded to 500 villages in 132 countries. We are currently raising over 80,000 children in our villages and through our many education, family strengthening, medical, and outreach programs impact the lives of over 1 million people each year.

Children who have been abandoned or orphaned come to SOS Children's Villages where they are integrated into a loving family environment. They are nurtured and supported by an SOS Mother and up to 15 other children in their SOS home who become their SOS brothers and sisters. Strong bonds develop within these "SOS families", and even after the children are grown and leave the village, these family relationships endure.

We build families for children in need
We work for children who are orphaned, abandoned or whose families are unable to care for them. We give these children the opportunity to build lasting relationships within an SOS family.

The family approach in the SOS Children's Village is based on four principles:
1) Each child needs a mother
2) Each child grows up most naturally with brothers and sisters
3) Each child grows up in their own house
4) Each child grows up within a supportive village environment

Waits to Donate
SOS provides loving homes to orphans in 132 countries. You may specify a country or allow SOS to select the area of greatest need. When you sponsor an SOS child, you provide meals, clothing, shelter, medical care and an education to a child who has lost everything. For just $1 per day you can change a child's life forever.