News From Ramaz
As is our tradition, we invited students to participate in service programs on September 4th and on the morning of September 5th as 9/11 Days of Service and Remembrance. We encouraged students to give time to these projects that heal and repair, as our way to honor the memory of the victims of the horrific attack on the Twin Towers, seventeen years ago.
Tuesday, September 4
GRAND CENTRAL FOOD PROGRAM: Students left from the lobby of Ramaz and took the subway to East 51st Street, donned hairnets, aprons, and gloves, and prepared individual food containers for the clients who depend on the GCFP for dinner. Meals are distributed to hundreds of homeless individuals, 365 days a year, and this is a project of the Coalition for the Homeless. Seeing is believing!
Wednesday, September 5
PROJECT BACK PACK: COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS: Ms. Zuheilly Talavera "has the honor of working for the Coalition for the Homeless as Development Associate." As a single mom of a four-year-old who spent over a year in a homeless shelter, Ms. Talavera shared how her experiences gave her the strength to build a better future for herself and her daughter. Students were overwhelmed by her honest and welcoming manner and filled 100 new back packs with school supplies for the children who live in homeless shelters in NYC. Students also prepared 50 snack bags with easy-to-open canned food products for people who do not have access to a kitchen.
ART CONNECTS NY, GOOD WORKS EVERYWHERE: Ms. Rebecca Pristoop is an art historian and spoke about Art Connects, a charitable organization that connects artists and curators with social service agencies. Most recently, as Director of Programs, Ms. Pristoop worked with 18 artists to install their art work in shelters, to address the trauma of domestic violence. Their murals are designed to evoke a different feeling for the residents: welcome, calm, empowered, uplifted, cheerful and bold. The students were inspired by Ms. Pristoop's commitment to employ her remarkable talents and expertise in making New York a more humane and livable city for all people.
STARS FOR OUR TROOPS
Ms. Beverly Wolfer is the founder of the Stuart Adam Wolfer Institute, MSAWI, in memory of her brother, Stuart, z"l, who was killed while serving in Iraq. Ms. Wolfer is our contact person who helps us successfully send holiday packages to our American service men and women, here and overseas. Her inspiring story of honoring the memory of her brother by caring for our troops overseas is a message to all of us, as we look to personally fulfill the mitzvah of Tikkun Olam. Students prepared 50 Rosh Hashanah gift packages, and "Stars for Our Troops" that will be mailed with APO and FPO addresses as security requires.
What a great beginning to a New Year, m'chayil l'chayil.