President of Bnai Raphael, Raphael Hazan stated, “We wanted to make our contribution to Israel and her brave soldiers—and we know that the Israeli army does not operate only on its physical might. We also wanted to present something that would continue to be utilized after the war. We are glad to have been able to make this unique contribution.”
Bnai Raphael donated two kosher sifrei Torah through the International Young Israel Movement (IYIM) sifrei Torah for the IDF project (www.redeematorah.org) that has seen over 200 Torahs donated from congregations and by individuals throughout North America.
The Torahs were brought to Israel by director of Bnai Raphael Jonathan Terebelo, together with Raphael Hazan’s son, Moshe. They were escorted by executive director of IYIM, Daniel Meyer, to the headquarters of the IDF rabbinate.
Moshe Hazen, a graduate of an IDF fighting unit, emphasized how important it is that every soldier be able to fulfill his every spiritual need while serving in the IDF—whether that be to lein from a kosher sefer Torah, put on a pair of kosher tefillin, and more.
Daniel Meyer, when presenting the certificate of appreciation, stated: “Thank you to Raphael, Jonathan, Moshe, all those associated with Bnai Raphael, and Rabbi Pesach Lerner, exec VP emeritus, National Council of Young Israel and co chairman of American Friends of IYIM. We are proud to be a conduit between generous shuls, families, and individuals who realize the importance of every IDF base and reserve unit having its own sefer Torah. On day four of the war last week, many sifrei Torah left this base to the numerous soldiers and reservists who found themselves relocated to the South from their regular bases.” v
From The Courage
Of the Maccabees
To The Courage Of Kids
Kids of Courage and Pomegranate teamed up once again to light up Chanukah for special children and their families. Pomegranate supermarket was transformed into something magical as over 300 Kids of Courage counselors and campers, as well as their parents and siblings, rocked the aisles for the annual Kids of Courage Chanukah extravaganza on Monday evening. After an inspiring speech by Pomegranate owner and longtime Kids of Courage friend, Mr. Abraham Banda, the crowd was treated to an amazing performance by Yehuda Green and band. Special thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Banda, to Posh NY for providing the amazing lighting, and to Yehuda Green and band for their incredible performance. Junee and Mitzvah Man of Brooklyn distributed gifts to all.
Kids of Courage is an all-volunteer organization whose mission is to improve the lives of medically fragile children and young adults and their families through year-round programming and annual adventure trips. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.kidsoc.org.