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Jul 9, 2020, 10:47 PM
The COVID-19 Crisis: Civil Society Responses in Mexico and Along the Border
Dear Friends, On June 18, 2020, I participated in a panel organized by the Berkley Center of Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University to discuss civil society responses to COVID-19 in Mexico and along the Border. Please find...
Apr 28, 2020, 7:53 AM
Dear friends, These recent months we have witnessed an unprecedented event: the first great pandemic of this new century. Our ancestors have lived, and survived, these types of phenomena, but the daily news can be overwhelming and even depressing. At CADENA...
Apr 2, 2020, 2:27 AM
Betting on the future.
Dear friends, Tumultuous times call for spiritual renovation. Only by touching into our personal longings can will we find redemption in this broken world. I´d like to call out to you, dear reader, to take advantage of the current opportunity. Now...
Sep 26, 2019, 1:16 AM
This is the year for Tikkun Olam
Having just come back from a 5-day mission to the Bahamas and bearing witness to the awesome destruction of Hurricane Dorian, I can only say this: the world needs repairing, fast. As the Secretary-General of CADENA, an international NGO focused...
Jul 29, 2019, 11:03 PM
What being a ‘Jewish NGO’ really means.
Most NGOs operate under a scarcity paradigm: the rent, the wages, and the operating costs are always getting in the way of the cause. Even when we do make ends meet, we are so in love with our idealistic...
Jun 25, 2019, 6:55 AM
CADENA assists thousands in Paraguay floodings.
From March 15 to May 11, Paraguay suffered from catastrophic floods. The rains, usually intense during this time of year, were brutal, with up to 400 mm of water pouring down in many towns. According to Engineer Miguel Kurita,...
Apr 23, 2019, 1:54 AM
Bringing water and light to Mozambique
On March 14th,2019, the Mozambican city of Beira—population, half a million—was devastated by 225 km/hr winds and 6-meter-high-waves. Power lines and trees fell across town. The roof of the Central Hospital partially collapsed, leaving parts of it flooded and...
Mar 25, 2019, 10:08 PM
60,000 south Indians to have potable water
With help from Diaspora Jewish communities, US-based CADENA delivers relief to farflung disaster zones
Sep 18, 2018, 2:24 AM
Kintsukoroi and Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is not only a time for repentance, forgiveness and introspection, but also a time for reparation. By taking time off from our daily chores to reflect on our faults, we emerge from the fast with a feeling of...
Sep 3, 2018, 8:39 PM
The world needs us. Now.
It feels like yesterday, the day I found myself on the back of a pick-up truck, zig-zagging through the Sierra of Chiapas, in southern Mexico. The ride was anything but comfortable, yet I suddenly found myself overwhelmed by a...
Benjamin is the Secretary-General of CADENA: a global Jewish humanitarian relief agency based in Mexico City. He's the winner of the 2020 "Changing the World" Award, awarded by President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin.