Join Indian and Jewish communities in 5th annual bi-cultural event supporting education —
September 20, 2020

Join Indian and Jewish communities in 5th annual bi-cultural event supporting education

By Rama Tiru

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Hindu Charities for America (photo by Rama Tiru)

Hindu Charities for America is celebrating the fifth annual Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt on Sunday, May 28, 4 -7 p.m. at Dell Community Center. Once again this year, Hindu Charities for America and the South Asian community is thrilled to be partnering with the Austin Jewish community to raise funds to buy school supplies for more than 1,000 homeless and economically disadvantaged children of Austin, Del Valley and Manor school districts.

When hearing the name Hindu Charities for America, many people assume that the organization is a religious one or that it’s involved with charitable works in India. However, Hindu Charities of America is founded on the principle “We give where we live.” The organization was founded in 2010 with the goal of creating a vehicle for Indian communities across the U.S. to give back to the communities that have embraced them and provided opportunities for their own success. Hindu Charities for America’s mission is to bridge income disparity through education.

Education is the driving goal of Mr. Harish Kotecha, the founder of Hindu Charities for America. Mr. Kotecha believes that Indians started coming to the U.S. in big numbers because of their education, technical knowledge and ease with the English language. These are the main reasons they are a successful minority group in America.

From its inception in 2010, Hindu Charities for America explored various ways to raise funds to help economically disadvantaged and homeless children with their school supply needs.  Taking advantage of Austin’s cultural diversity for the past four years, the South Asian and Jewish communities of Austin have put together Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt at the Dell Community Center, 7300 Hart Ln. In the past four years, generous participation from both communities enabled to raise money to provide backpacks, library books and school supplies to more than 2,100 children in the Austin and Manor Independent School Districts. Hindu Charities of America also hosts annual fundraising galas that help support its education goals.

In 2016, the Austin community donated $23,000 in schools supplies for over 1,400 homeless students in the Austin Area. Additionally, $43,000 was donated for scholarships that support almost 80 students living below the poverty line.

The organization’s success is only possible thanks to selfless service-oriented groups of volunteers and businesses that donate their time, efforts and resources to the cause. The event specially recognizes all the performing and visual artists who give their creative time freely every year, as well as local Indian restaurants providing food and our local Jewish community providing dessert and chai.

The simple but important mission of Hindu Charities for America of imparting knowledge to all American youth brings people together and gives them a sense of pride and purpose. Hindu Charities for America will soon become a national movement for all Americans of Indian origin to participate and build a strong, successful and educated community of diverse cultures.

The entire Austin community is invited to participate and support the event, which will feature Indian dinner followed by Jewish dessert, along with unique entertainment featuring a fusion theatrical production of Indian and Jewish dance and music and an art gallery.

Bollywood meets Borscht Belt is a family friendly event. Tickets for children ages six to 12 are $10, adult tickets are $30 and children under six enter with free admission. For more details, visit

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