By Miriam Maghen
Ezer Mizion was founded in 1979 by Chananya Chollak to offer an extensive range of medical and social support services to people with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Since then, Ezer Mizion has grown to become one of the largest nonprofit organizations in Israel, benefiting over 650,000 people each year. It now includes the world’s largest Jewish bone-marrow donor registry. Inspired by the organization’s mission, a group of five friends set out to raise funds and awareness for this amazing organization in the United States.
The idea for this comedy fundraiser was born at a meeting in New York with Yaffa Karp, Ezer Mizion’s director of development. Hosted by the Elefant family in Lawrence on February 8, Comedy for a Cause was Ezer Mizion’s first “Young Professionals” fundraiser. Amid an elegant décor, guests enjoyed sushi, salad, meats, as well as a selection of wines and desserts. The night continued with a comedy show organized by comedian Kenny Gluck of Kosher Komedy.
Guest comedian Moshe Braun opened the show, followed by comedians Eli Lebowicz and Mike Fine. The hour-long show had guests roaring with laughter.
With Hashem’s help and a lot of hard work and planning by committee members Rena Beller, Yehuda Berko, Elisheva Elefant, Miriam Maghen, and Shimmy Vais, the event was a huge success. More than 100 young professionals gathered at the event to raise over $10,000 for Ezer Mizion. Many generous donors even gave more than the minimum donation of $72, including two Diamond sponsors who gave more than $1,000 each. Guests enjoyed a fabulous night out complete with food, wine, and entertainment all while benefiting a good cause. Everyone who attended experienced the joy of giving and the powerful feeling of helping other Jews worldwide. v