Philanthropy as a Rite of Passage


Meet brothers Jared and Colby Kash. A while back, to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, Jared decided to bicycle 36 miles. He got folks to sponsor his ride and was able to raise enough money to buy a refrigerated truck for Table To Table. We’ve written about Table to Table before – suffice it to say that they specialize in recuperating perfectly good food that would otherwise go bad and redistribute it to those who need it. Anyhow, Jared set the standard and when it came time for brother Colby’s Bar Mitzvah, he did not shy away from the challenge.

Colby decided to do 1000 push ups. The money raised through his sponsors allowed him to then donate 1000 Soccer (or fùtböl for those of you in Europe) balls to US troops serving in Iraq and 350 balls to Ethiopian kids in Israel. Last week, I had the privilege to accompany Colby’s Dad to an absorption center just outside Jerusalem where some of those Soccer (fùtböl) balls were put into the eager hands of cute little Ethiopian kids. And while I goofed around with them – yes, I also wore a fùtböl on my head, I also managed to take some pics:



These kids are recent olim from the Ethiopian Falash Murah. The absorption center I visited, in Mevasseret, is the largest one in Israel dealing exclusively with the specific needs of Ethiopian olim. Of the 1300 residents here, over 50% are kids under 18. Today, they were quite happy.

Thanks Jared and thanks Colby for setting a great example to your siblings and your peers. I know your Dad Peter, who has a none too shabby record in Philanthropy himself, couldn’t stop gushing about you to the kids who were mightily impressed by the whole 1000 push ups thing. I was privileged to have witnessed this. And I had fun too. Yay!

Follow me

ck

Publisher at Jewlicious
Founder of Jewlicious? Publisher? Man I hate titles. I coined the name Jewlicious and I slave over the site. I live in Jerusalem and I need to get some breakfast.
Follow me

7 Comments

  1. Batya

    9/22/2008 at 11:18 pm

    Sure beats “rocket to the moon” dressed as crusader parties.

  2. Ben-David

    9/23/2008 at 1:39 am

    What cuties!
    I really miss not having little ones at home – my youngest is Bar Mitzvah this year.

  3. froylein

    9/23/2008 at 9:32 am

    I really miss not having little ones at home

    B-D, then set to task.

  4. Ben-David

    9/23/2008 at 10:38 am

    Froylein:

    1) From your mouth to G-d’s ears: only one of our children was born without medical assistance.

    2) Because of this history, I have learned the hard way not to make flippant remarks about this subject.

  5. wif

    9/23/2008 at 10:44 am

    Those are great photos. This gesture is quite in contrast to the Bar Mitzvah celebrations I have attended that are often ostentatious greed fests, far removed from any sort of Jewish values. This brightened my day. Way to go Jared and Colby!

  6. froylein

    9/23/2008 at 12:19 pm

    B-D, sorry, I wasn’t aware…
    Hope all will be well in case if..

  7. Pingback: Philanthropy as a Rite of Passage | RJ Blog

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

More in Isralicious (5 of 1897 articles)
miklat_sex


Amid the missiles, attacks, sirens, injuries and deaths, over six hundred young men and women gathered on Wednesday evening to listen to Dr. Ruth Westheimer at a Tel Aviv International Salon at Hangar 11, Tel Aviv Namal. Dr. Ruth is ...