The top five finalists in this year’s Jewish Federations of North America Jewish Community Heroes were announced this week. One individual will find out next week if he will be named the 2010 Jewish Community Hero and be the recipient of a $25,000 grant for his organization.
One finalist, a man whose name is familiar to many, is Jay Feinberg, who "founded the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation , after enduring a grueling four year search for a bone marrow donor to combat the leukemia that nearly took his life due to the under representation of Jews in the nationwide bone marrow registries. Today, over 170,000 donors are listed in the bone marrow registry and 2,100 matches have been made."
This morning I came across a story about a young hero who chose to celebrate her bat mitzvah in a special way.
Eleven-year-old Shaina Agami, preparing to celebrate her bat mitzvah next year, could have chosen any number of fun things to do to infuse meaning into the special day. Instead, the South Florida girl is working to ensure that people will always remember her brother Danny, a vibrant 25-year-old cut down in the prime of life in the middle of Iraq by an insurgent’s bomb.
She is selling skullcaps like the one her brother wore, "now emblazoned with his name and rank, to benefit the Aleph Institute, a Chabad-Lubavitch program that caters to the spiritual needs of Jewish military personnel and their families."
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Kol hakavod to this young girl who, on her special day, is thinking of the needs of others. May we be inspired to celebrate our happy occasions, bearing in mind the plight of others.