A few days ago I received an update on the programs we support in our Partnership2Gether community, Kiryat Motzkin in Israel, and I want to share a success story from Mashal, a therapy and tutoring agency for children from underprivileged families:
Ron is a second-grader who was referred to Mashal for emotional therapy. His therapist discovered that Ron has difficulty reading and writing, as well as some social issues. These obstacles frustrate him and have led him to emotional outbursts, social isolation and low self-esteem.
In addition to regular therapy, Ron has been receiving art therapy, and it turns out that he is blessed with creativity, initiative and capacity for invention! He enjoys making three-dimensional sculptures in clay (one of his wonderful creations is shown below). Ron is very proud of his work and loves to show to it his parents and teachers. Thanks to the help he receives at Mashal, Ron has shown tremendous improvement in his academic, emotional and social performance in the past several months. His confidence and self-esteem have also improved, and he now has new friends and plays with other students during school breaks. Mashal has helped Ron to discover his talents and has given him confidence in his abilities.
Thanks to your support of the Federation's Annual Campaign, Mashal is helping Ron and other children like him become well-adjusted and productive young people! Ron is a perfect example of how your gift truly reaches around the globe through the power of Federation.
Federation's 2017 Annual Campaign is going full swing. On the heels of the great fundraising success of Choices, we are halfway to our campaign goal! However, there is still a lot of work to do to bring this campaign to a successful finish. If you haven't made your gift yet, please click here and give generously to help more children like Ron.
Shabbat and beyond
I am looking forward to Shabbat and the rest of this weekend: I will spend Shabbat in the company of 100 wonderful women at a Shabbaton/retreat planned by JOIN Orlando. We are very fortunate to have the famous Lori Palatnik, the founder and inspiration for the Jewish Women's Renaissance Project, as our scholar in residence. There will be good food, wine, learning and lots of fun. A great way to spend Shabbat!
On Sunday, those of us who love classical music and Hazzanut (cantorial music), will be able to indulge our passion at the Congregation for Reform Judaism. At 2 pm, CRJ is hosting Dr. David Tucker, the son of the famous opera singer and cantor Richard Tucker, as he presents an audio and video tribute to his father, co-narrated by James Drake, Richard Tucker's biographer. An afternoon of opera is a delightful way to wrap up a weekend.
Wishing you a restful Shabbat and a good weekend,