This Rosh Hashanah you can commit to be a hero, just like these families:
Alexa, 10, and Rachel, 11, Khorshad, as part of a mitzvah project for their Hebrew school in Los Angeles, went door to door, and to meetings at Temple Sinai. They introduced people to Aleh Foundation and explained the help they give to their children. They have received donations anywhere from $3 to $200. They presented Aleh with a check in the amount of $4,026.
Adir Schwarts-Settenbrino chose to celebrate his bar mitzvah in Jerusalem with a disabled Israeli twin a few months ago. Back in 2009 Adir chose Aleh Foundation as his pet project when he glowingly delivered a tribute to a distinguished crowd of participants that filled the ballroom to honor his mom, Susan Settenbrino. Since then the Davies and Settenbrinos have celebrated a bar mitzvah for their older son. Ariel. in Jerusalem in conjunction with a disabled Aleh boy and have served as chairpeople at many Aleh Foundation functions. Adir gave up his bar mitzvah with friends to twin it with a disabled child “because when you have it by yourself, getting all the attention and gifts, you feel too self-centered,” explains the Joseph Kushner eighth grader. Adir’s twin, Moshe, who suffers from epilepsy, lives in Aleh Gedera Center in Israel. Adir’s gift of $2,500 will go towards purchasing equipment for the Snoezelen room at Moshe’s facility. Snoezelen is a therapeutic multisensory room that highlights the senses while creating an atmosphere of relaxation and calm. To learn more about twinning bar mitzvahs call 800-317-ALEH, or visit www.alehfoundationusa.org.
Aleh is Israel’s foremost provider of care, treatment, and education of severely disabled infants, children, and young adults. Their spacious, modern centers in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak, Gedera, and the Negev are home to more than 650 special children, with thousands more attending Aleh’s facilities each day for treatment and education. They are establishing a capital fund to build the new Special Education School Campus in Pardes Katz, 10 minutes from Tel Aviv. The government was so impressed with the plans for the new school that they donated a large tract of land for the construction. This beautiful new complex, which is desperately needed, will contain 24 classrooms, an Olympic-sized therapeutic swimming pool, rooftop playground, and much more. Please sponsor much needed equipment for a disabled child, www.alehfoundationusa.org/PRG_eqiupment.html.
Call 718-851-4596 to volunteer or send your contributions to the Aleh Foundation headquarters at 5317 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219.