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Community Currents On Sunday, October 13, the Yeshiva of Central Marathon Bahamas Gets A Taste Of Courage Queens kicked off its Parent-Child Sunday Learn-

Preschoolers in the Rambam 100 campers, staff, and supporters flocked to Nassau, Bahamas for Kids DayOver School of Savannah, of Courage’sGeorthird annual marathon fundraising weekend. “Kids of Courage likes gia learn aboutthe box,” said counselor Abie Abraham. “The campers get to make to think outside the Alephthat Bais memories will last them a lifetime.” andThe their names.of the weekend was to raise crucial funds to support the organizapurpose

tion’s year round programming. Campers who participated also raised money to give back to the organization that means so much to them. Throughout the year, hundreds of children fighting serious illnesses are serviced by the volunteer-centric organization. “Everything that the organization does comes at no cost to the campers or their families,” said Gerry Adest. All told, Kids of Courage provides around 45 days of programming per year. Last August, the organization travelled with a group of 500 for a nine-day dream

trip to Orlando. At least one counselor and a medical volunteer accompanied each ing Program. of the 150 camper participants. On this weekend, campers got to swim with dolphins at the world famous dolphin cove at the Atlantis Resort. “There is nothing that our campers can’t do,” said Program Director Ari Dobkin. “No illness, no physical disability can stand in the way of our campers and their volunteers.” Runners who participated enjoyed a fully catered weekend, a stay at the beautiful Melia Beach Resort, access to the Atlantis Resort, and its race entries. Of course no Kids of Courage race would be complete without featuring the campers they represent. “Five campers joined us for the race in adaptive running equipment,” said the team’s race coach Michal Arieh. “Running a marathon transcends physical limitations, just like these campers do living with illness every minute of every day.”

Earlier this month, the Rachel’s Children Reclamation Foundation held its annual commemoration of Rachel Imeinu’s yarzheit. A buffet dinner was held at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center on October 14. The keynote speaker was Rabbi Jonathan Rietti who gave a dramatic presentation on the relationship between Rachel Imeinu and the nal Geulah.

Keynote Speaker Rabbi Jonathan Rietti and Evelyn Haies, founder and president of RCRF.

Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Chaim Deutsch, and Evelyn Haies.

Honorees pose behind the Jewish Mother’s Day cake donated by Pressers Bakery Avenue M. (L-R) Mark Langfan, Breaking the Silence Award; Rabbi Yechezkel Pikus, Rahel Imeinu Community Chessed Award; Evelyn Haies, Fran and Stephen Epstein Actualist Award; Esther Lamm, Young Leadership Award; and Mitchell Shapiro, esq., Rachel Imeinu Activist Award.

On October 2, Zicharon, an organization that assists people on issues relating to dementia, hosted an informative evening in Menorah Hall featuring renowned dementia experts who provided the audience with much-needed advice and information on dealing with this disease. Among the speakers were Rabbi Eliezer Kaminetzky; Dr. Gary Kennedy, chief of Geriatric Psychiatry at Monteore Medical Center; and Matt Kudish, senior vice president of caregiver services of the NY Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association.

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Matt Kudish

(Photo credit: Zalman Umlas)

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