Our Special Deliveries!
Hasidah has awarded over $100,000 in grants and loans to applicants from around the country. Below are some of their stories…
One of Hasidah’s Recent Grant Recipients: Lisa and Benji
Lisa and Benji’s story is a hopeful one. They met at their first jobs working at Hillel during a Birthright trip they were both staffing. After a whirlwind of early jobs in the Jewish community, they eventually settled into Lisa’s hometown of Louisville, regularly hosting Shabbat dinners in their home and remaining active in Jewish life. However, their goal to build a family was not as easy to accomplish as they had hoped.
After turning to specialists for explanations, they learned that both of them had issues that would make conception difficult and using in vitro fertilization (IVF) was their only option for conceiving a child. They tried to remain positive and, with the support of their community, they were able to raise the money to try their first IVF treatment. Opening up about their experience was beneficial to them in many ways. “Since we decided to be open about our experience, many of our friends have shared their infertility journeys. It has been very gratifying to help dispel the stigma surrounding infertility and the support that comes from having a community support you.”
Unfortunately, their first attempt with IVF was not successful. They remained hopeful and continued to reach out for support. “We learned about Hasidah while we were in the process of trying to get pregnant through IVF last autumn. We were searching for funding options because we both work for non-profits and the cost of IVF was astronomical and we do not have insurance coverage. Having Hasidah and Idit there for us during our first round before we even applied for the grant meant the world to us.” Lisa explained.
Lisa and Benji are planning to try another IVF procedure this spring. They have a little hindsight now about the reality of how IVF works and they continue to be hopeful that this time the procedure will bring them a baby. “When we are successful with our next round of IVF, it honestly will be a gift that our extended friends, family, and community helped to create. The thought of raising Jewish children within our home will be a joy every day. We have been looking forward to becoming Jewish parents even as we stood under the chuppah with a special tallis made by my mother and aunt to be used at our special life-cycle events.”
Hasidah is proud to support Lisa and Benji on their journey and is grateful to all of our supporters for helping make their IVF grant possible. In so many ways, Lisa and Benji are working towards building Jewish families. We send prayers that their medical team be guided with wisdom and skill and that they continue to find support along their journey!
In Their Words
“We had tried to have a baby going on 4 and a half years while watching our friends around us have babies. Their children grew and eventually got siblings and we were still trying for just one. I finally went to the fertility doctor and we had both had labs and tests done with a result of unexplained infertility. It’s a bit hard on us not knowing why we are having such difficulty with having a baby.”
“Infertility has strained our family and our friendships. It has made us feel the extreme high of hopefulness that this might be “the month” and the deepest despair that we may never have a child to love. We have been through the hardest two years of our lives and while our relationship is stronger than ever, we still have no child despite our best efforts.”
“Unfortunately, our health insurance doesn’t cover infertility treatment, and our expenses are already accumulating to the point where we worry that starting a family may be out of reach.”
“For two working teachers in Los Angeles, the cost of IVF is not within our budget without your help. We have dwindled our savings and maxed out credit cards trying everything over the course of these past 2+ years. In order to move forward with IVF we need further assistance.”
“Thrilled does not even begin to express how happy we are right now. Your generosity and support is something that we never dreamed could be a reality. We told all our family today that we would be able to move along with the IVF process thanks to your organization.”
“Thank you so much – this means so much to us and helps take off the stress of our own personal challenges to allow us to continue focusing on the needs of others.”
The Results (From Our “Alumni”):
“Without Hasidah, I wouldn’t be holding my sleeping child on my chest right this very moment. What else do you need to know?”
“Thanks in part to your assistance, we now have Elan, our beautiful baby boy, and our seven-year struggle has come to an end. We are profoundly grateful for what you have done for our family and we are appreciative of the work Hasidah is doing to change the conversation in the Jewish community around fertility.”
Read more about Ariana and Jesse’s amazing story.