The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 21 February 2004 / 29 Shevat 5764

Solidarity Begins with Beginners

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Jews in the Diaspora are constantly showing their solidarity with their brothers and sisters in Israel by visiting them in this time of terror and by providing them with financial support for their security.

The most touching expression of such support was recently demonstrated by the children in a New York nursery. A kindergarten teacher read in a local newspaper interview with Jerusalems Mayor Uri Lupoliansky, who was in the States as a guest of the annual Convention of Agudath Israel of America, that he was soliciting funds to provide security for Jerusalem nurseries. She relayed this appeal to her very young charges and suggested that they all contribute the "Chanuka gelt" monies they receive from their families to this worthy cause.

To her happy surprise the kids came through with a sum of $320. But this was only the beginning. Other nurseries learned of this initiative and followed its example. Some individual donors joined the effort, and the Mayor, who already achieved international fame as the founder and head of "Yad Sarah" and its principal fundraiser, was able to return home with a substantial contribution to his campaign to make life safer for the children in his city.

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