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NORTH JERSEY/ROCKLAND

JUNE 7, 2019
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Areyvut breakfast inspires Jewish community service


More than 100 people honored Sara Blau, who received
the Young Leadership award, and Alan Levine, who
won the Community Leadership award, at Areyvut’s
annual breakfast in Teaneck last month.
Established in 2002, Areyvut (Hebrew for mutual
responsibility) reaches out to Jewish day schools, con-
gregations, and other organizations, offering unique
opportunities for creating innovative programs to make

Photos courtesy Areyvut


chesed a meaningful reality for students, educators,
and community members.
An exciting partnership with high school senior
Sara Blau, which will take Game Changers New York,
the nonprofit that she launched, to the next level, was
announced at the breakfast. GCNY collects and distrib-
utes new and gently used sports equipment for chil-
dren in need. Under Ms. Blau’s leadership, GCNY has
collected more than 6,500 pieces of sports equipment Alan Levine, left, and Daniel Rothner Daniel Rothner, left, with Sara Blau
and donated them to over 20 partner organizations
around the world. That has helped thousands of chil- athlete and leader; she has been a member of the UJA Mountain YMCA, and he has worked for the South
dren. Aryevut’s partnership with Sara will double the of New York’s Center for Youth Philanthropy and Lead- Orange/Maplewood Refugee Resettlement Project,
number of items that they donate within the next year. ership and and a Youth Ambassador Council member Families with Children from China, Bergen LEADS,
They will achieve this goal in two ways — by setting up for the Jewish Teen Funders Network. Northern New Jersey Professionals in Transition, and
Game Changers chapters in other communities, and by Alan Levine of South Orange has been a dedi- JESPY House.
organizing massive large-scale community collections cated Areyvut board member. He also has been on To learn how to organize a service activity for your
to fill trucks of sports equipment for those in need. the boards of Family Connections, the Pickals Foun- community, email Daniel Rothner at daniel@areyvut.
Ms. Blau is a Solomon Schechter School of Long Island dation, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, and the South org, or call (201) 244-6702.

Let’s talk college


Five college students from Temple
Emanuel of the Pascack Valley —
from left, Andie Kent, Alec Stewart,
Stephanie Reifman, Lauren Cohen,
and Jordyn Freedman — participated
in a college panel for the community
at the Woodcliff Lake shul. They dis-
cussed their college lives in front of
an audience of high school students
and their families.

Memorial Day ceremonies in Fort Lee Milestone Shabbat in Teaneck

Members of the JCC of


Fort Lee/Congregation
Gesher Shalom
marched holding the
shul’s banner in the
Fort Lee Memorial Day
parade. Pictured are Al
Sussman, JCC of Fort
Lee /Gesher Shalom
congregant and
Barbara Balkin

World War II veteran


of the Battle of the
Bulge, and Rabbi Ken
Stern, presenting the
congregation’s wreath.
Cantor Ellen Tilem and Rabbi Steven Sirbu stand with the honorees.
Courtesy Gesher Shalom

On May 17, Temple Emeth honored its congregants who have been members for
multiples of five years, ranging from five to 60. Each member was given a certifi-
cate and was blessed by Rabbi Steven Sirbu and Cantor Ellen Tilem.
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