During this year’s Chanukah season, the true spirit of giving was in the air. Ivy Chazen of Long Island worked hard in her community to collect toys for our Chanukah toy drive. She posted flyers around her community and even collected money to buy additional toys. Ariela Rosenberg, Tzedek Vaad Coordinator of Columbia Hillel, also gave her time this season to post flyers around Columbia to collect toys. Charlie Better of Greenwich, Connecticut collected toys during his Bar Mitzvah. Instead of gifts for himself, Charlie asked his guests to bring brand new toys for children. The turn out exceeded any expectations with Charlie collecting over 80 individual toys! Central Synagogue also joined in by having congregants adopt a wish list from the children at Met Council’s Hillside House. With all the toys collected this year, smiles were brought to children’s faces throughout all five boroughs where Met Council distributed the toys during Chanukah. Thanks again to Ivy Chazen, Ariela Rosenberg, and Charlie Better for their great deeds this season!
(picture above: Charlie Better with the toys collected from his Bar Mitzvah.)