News From Ramaz
המעלה העליונה של צדקה הוא מתן בסתר
The secret of true kindness is giving without any expectation of compensation or respect and honor.
"I am part of our American flag that has flown over a home in the U.S.A. I can no longer fly. The sun and wind have caused me to become tattered and torn. Please carry me as a reminder that You are not forgotten."
Could Ramaz US students really be able to fill 52 gift bags for our American servicemen and women serving overseas in time for a Chanukah delivery? With everything else they had going on?
Students rose to the challenge by saying, " Of course! We've got homeroom, we have lunch!" or "We're free during 7th period, just tell us what we have to do!" Talk about #HINENIatRamaz!
The orders were given and duly followed by the dedicated members of the US Chesed Committee. Each gift bag included a winter cap, woolen gloves, Chanukah reading material, a sports magazine, Israeli chocolates, cereal mix with honey packs, hot chocolate and coffee packs, a calling card, Stars for Our Troops, and a personal note! Every box also required a USPS Customs Declaration Note, and a separate PRIORITY MAIL sticker.
Are you wondering where students get the list of military addresses? The US has a special contact, Ms. Beverly Wolfer -- whose family members are graduates of Ramaz -- who sends the names of soldiers, their unit, box numbers, with their APO, FPO, AE, DPO mailing codes - and students have no idea where exactly their gift packages are going. Ms. Wolfer and her family established The Major Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute (MSAWI) in memory of her brother, Stuart z"l who was killed while serving in Baghdad, Iraq.
LAST WEEK, to the students' surprise, a beautifully worded letter arrived from Levi Lindley, an Apache helicopter pilot in South Korea. Please read the letterbelow:
We are a military Jewish family currently on duty in South Korea, and your high school has sent us a couple of care packages during the Rosh Hashanah and Hanukkah holiday seasons. We wanted to say thank you very much to all of the students and teachers for thinking of us!
Your gifts and cards help to make our holidays brighter, it was so nice to get the Israeli chocolates which are scarce over here. We really appreciate the communities back in the States remembering us during the holidays. Thank you again from the Lindley Family! We attached a picture of Levi who is an Apache helicopter pilot over here, and our family at the Chabad Hanukkah party in Seoul.
Levi and Leah Lindley
Levi would like you to say hi to Ben S. '20 for him.