Tevel b’Tzedek

Pears Foundation is a standout in the field of philanthropy in terms of the focus, integrity and inspiring humility of its principals and staff. They are very oriented towards the end result of their giving, yet experienced and supportive in terms of the processes organisations go through in order to get to that result. Without the Pears Foundation's financial and moral support, Tevel would never have been able to pursue our goals.
Rabbi Micha Odenheimer, Founding Director, Tevel b'Tzedek
A fellow philanthropist once advised me that it’s hard to do good
Sir Trevor Pears CMG

Pears Foundation is dedicated to enabling a new generation of Jewish activists to contribute their time, energy and expertise to make a meaningful impact in the developing world.

As part of these efforts, the Foundation partners with Tevel b’Tzedek (The Earth, in Justice), an Israeli non-profit organisation that believes that everyone is entitled to sufficient nutrition, clean water, housing, basic health and education and that it is the responsibility of Israelis and Jews to play a role in delivering these basic rights to the world community.

Accordingly, Tevel b'Tzedek has two goals:

  • To work together with impoverished communities around the world to enhance their livelihood, capacity and well-being.
  • To create Israeli and Jewish leadership that is passionately involved in tikkun olam (repairing the world).

Focused first and foremost on Nepal, Tevel runs additional projects in India, Burundi and Haiti. Projects are led by local staff and community leadership and bring together young Israelis and Jews from around the world to work alongside local volunteers, with a view to creating a lasting and sustainable legacy.

The unique model that Tevel has developed combines in-field volunteering with Jewish educational programming. There are different levels of engagement from a one-month cultural exchange programme to a year-long fellowship for young professionals.

The Foundation has been supporting Tevel b’Tzedek with core funding since 2007. In 2013 the Foundation worked with Tevel to pilot the year-long fellowship programme, now in its third cohort. The programme includes training prior to deployment and throughout the programme, covering topics such as intercultural work, community building, globalisation, language study and professional training.

Following the devastating earthquakes in Nepal in 2015, the challenges faced by local communities have intensified and, supported by the Foundation, Tevel’s volunteers are now engaged in rebuilding the communities that they have worked so hard to support.