Yad Chessed – Boston's Jewish Safety Net
Yad Chessed ("Hand of Lovingkindness") provides emergency financial assistance
to local Jews in need in the greater Boston area. Since it was founded in 1989,
Yad Chessed has grown from an organization run by one “mensch” (good person) into
a small professional charity with a staff of three and a Board of Directors, all
of whom bring expertise as well as compassion to their work with the organization.
Yad Chessed exists thanks to the generosity of many committed individuals,
family foundations, and communal organizations. It now distributes over $425,000
annually in emergency aid, ongoing food and clothing assistance, special holiday
allocations, and interest-free loans to more than 1,400 individuals, who often
have no ready access to other sources of financial aid.
As Yad Chessed has grown to meet the increasing need for short-term financial
assistance within the Jewish community, it remains committed to preserving the
dignity of its clients above all else. For many of these clients, Yad Chessed is
quite simply the difference between making it and not making it. As one recipient
Thank you very much from the bottom of our hearts for your assistance.
It will not only help us out financially in a really horrible situation,
but [it] will allow me to sleep again and help ease [the] great stress
I am under right now trying to make ends meet. . . .
[You] have helped us literally survive.
Yad Chessed responds to every request promptly and thoughtfully, tailoring the
type of assistance to the individual situation. If you or someone you know needs
our help, please
Our mission is to provide short-term assistance to local Jews in need.