In a joint effort between The Red Stone and Hasidah, three grants have been awarded in the Washington DC area Jewish community to help alleviate some of the financial stress that comes with medical interventions or adoption expenses.
To be fruitful and multiply is considered the first Jewish commandment in the Torah. Much of the Jewish community is organized around families and children. Wanting to have a child and facing barriers can therefore be not only personally challenging, but also quite isolating as a Jew. The Red Stone, founded by Amy Jablin Forseter, provides support groups and community programs to build awareness and create support around infertility in the Jewish community. Rabbi Idit Solomon founded Hasidah, a national organization that also builds awareness, works to establish a national network of support resources and focuses on financial assistance for those needing in vitro fertilization in order to build their family.
“We were fortunate to have received funding to pilot this program in the DC area and are pleased to be able to provide help for both adoption and fertility treatments, ” shared Forseter. “We know from our work in the community that a Jewish response to this issue means so much to those we help.” “Fertility challenges are much more common than people imagine. The Jewish community focuses resources on getting families involved. The RedStone and Hasidah focus on the important need for building the Jewish families in the first place.”
One grant recipient received funding to help defray medical expenses for fertility treatment. The other two received funding to help defray adoption expenses, one of whose daughter was just born!
For more information: www.theredstone.org and www.Hasidah.org