A number of students at the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School have been involved in a program called “Stepping Up” Long Island Jewish Teen Philosophy Pilot Program. The students have learned about the Jewish values that guide our giving as well as about the critical needs on Long Island: education, health, housing, hunger, and jobs. This program was instrumental in teaching basic philanthropic principles with Jewish values, building teen leadership, teamwork skills, and decision-making. The students have spent many hours reviewing proposals and went on two site visits: the Long Island Crisis Center (suicide prevention) and Sunshine Day Camp (for children with cancer). Students had to decide which organization gets $1,000 in funding (only one could be chosen). The Jewish Teen Funders Network awarded each partner organization participating $500 in seed funding to be matched 1:1 for a total grant making pool of $1,000 per organization. The students chose Sunrise Day Camp, the only dedicated day camp in the nation designed for children with cancer. v
For Jerusalem’s Sake
The 34th Annual Yom Yerushalayim Dinner of the American Friends of Ateret Cohanim/Jerusalem Chai was held at the Elite Palace on Monday, May 6. Rabbi Yaakov and Elana Kermaier received the Rabbinic Leadership award for his work at the Fifth Avenue Synagogue in New York City. Jack and Barbara Beyda were the Bonei Yerushalayim honorees. Marcus and Sara Lehmann were Bonei Yerushalayim honorees. William K. Langfan and Mark Langfan received the Oheiv Yisrael Award.
The program began with the singing of Hatikvah by Dr. Paul Brody, executive committee member and one of the dinner chairpersons, with his wife Drora. Radio personality Steve Malzberg served as guest speaker. Chaim Leibtag was the dinner emcee. Mel Wadler was the executive committee member and dinner coordinator. Dr. Joe Frager, chairman, executive committee, introduced Guest Speaker Lt.-Col. Ralph Peters, noted writer, strategist, and media commentator. Dr. Meyer Abittan sang The Star-Spangled Banner. To learn more about Ateret Cohanim, visit www.JerusalemChai.org. v