Baruch Hashem we live in a large community that is constantly busy with many weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, b’risos, school and community events, and tzedakah fundraisers. It is a challenge to coordinate the various shul and social calendars to facilitate getting everyone in one room at the same time on the same day. Bonei Olam recognizes this challenge and in response, in order to expand its reach and spread awareness of its cause, a series of smaller events were held at different homes in the Five Towns.
On Sunday, June 1, Mr. and Mrs. Ari and Chanie Hirt hosted the Far Rockaway/Lawrence Annual Breakfast of Hope and Inspiration. Rabbi Mordechai Stern, rav of Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid, spoke and a founder’s message was given by Rabbi Shlomo Bochner. On Thursday, June 19, Dr. and Mrs. Dovid Tzvi and Shani Jacobs hosted the Cedarhurst Night Out BBQ Event. The guests enjoyed Thursday night cholent, salads, and great drinks as they learned about the work of Bonei Olam. Most recently, Sunday, July 13, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel and Sara Grossman hosted the Woodmere/North Woodmere Backyard BBQ event. Dr. Joshua U. Klein, medical director, RMA of NY–Brooklyn and assistant clinical professor of OB/GYN and reproductive science, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, addressed the crowd. The guests enjoyed a barbecue that only Ari White of the Wandering Que could pull off. Wine and beer was sponsored by Lost Tribe Beverages, and a live band contributed to the laid-back ambiance.
Bonei Olam was founded by a group of individuals who themselves experienced the hardships of infertility. Its mission is to provide funding for all aspects of fertility treatments, thus relieving couples of the financial, emotional, and physical stress resulting from infertility. It has developed a strong and dedicated network of doctors and fertility centers across the world, enabling them to offer unsurpassed medical and financial assistance to all applicants.
Bonei Olam understands how important confidentiality is to the infertile couple. The very nature of their problem strips them of their privacy. Having to ask for financial assistance often seems like just one more indignity to be suffered. When a couple contacts Bonei Olam, they are assigned to a personal counselor who is trained to guide them through the labyrinth of medical information and the negotiation of payment plans. Only their counselor knows the couple by name. All other communication with Bonei Olam is by PIN number only.
Bonei Olam’s Five Towns Chapter has provided assistance to over 85 couples and celebrated the birth of 68 Bonei Olam babies born to date in the Five Towns area. Over 4,000 of the many couples that Bonei Olam has assisted have b’H given birth to children of their own. If not for Bonei Olam, these couples would not have had alternative avenues to finance their treatments. Most fertility centers refuse to treat patients before they have been financially cleared. Most insurance plans do not cover substantial parts of fertility treatments, considering them elective medicine.
If you would like to donate, please mail your checks to Bonei Olam at 1755 46th Street; Brooklyn, NY 11204 or donate online at www.boneiolam.org. ϖ