Fantastic Yeshiva of Flatbush Alumni Visit to ALEH
April 29, 2010
Apr 29, 2010
We were delighted to welcome the Yeshiva of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School Alumni Chessed Mission to Israel, accompanied by Rabbi Naftali Besser, at ALEH Jerusalem this week.
Yeshiva of Flatbush stands out in its active encouragement of its students to grow into caring, responsible and active members of the Jewish people. In this spirit, the students, faculty and parents have made it a tradition to visit ALEH annually, to visit the special-needs residents and offer them unconditional love and acceptance. The positive impact of these visits is apparent; the severely disabled children of ALEH cannot express their feelings in words, but the joy on their faces speaks volumes, and the palpable air of excitement lingers well after the visitors have left.
The special Yeshiva of Flatbush Chessed Mission to Israel picked up right where they had left off since their last visit, recalling the names and special abilities of ALEH’s residents, knowing what they enjoyed and just what would make their eyes light up.
The group of 28 participants first received a short orientation and update about the center, its goals, and the children from the ALEH staff. The group agreed that they share ALEH’s credo: to look beyond the disability to see the inherent potential within each and every child.
The alumni then split up into small groups, joining the children in various activities and assisting teachers in the classrooms. ALEH’s children enjoyed every moment of the personal attention, as the Flatbush group played, talked, and laughed with them. The entire group later congregated in the lobby, where they put on a sensational interactive Lag Ba’omer music festival for the children.
Before departing, the group was asked what to express their feelings about the visit.
Michele Dabah said, “Everyone who works here is unbelievable!”
“Thank you for having us,” wrote Jennifer Tawil. “We are so proud of all your hard work and dedication. What an amazing day we had here interacting with your special children,” Sharon Kattan added. “You are phenomenal human beings, may G-d bless you with luck and happiness for all your wonderful work”
It is gratifying to know that ALEH’s vision for a better and brighter future for the special-needs population of Israel is shared by schools in the Diaspora. It is even more heartwarming to see that the strong Jewish values of empathy, communal responsibility, and chessed instilled by the Yeshiva of Flatbush are still embodied by its students well after they have graduated from the school.
ALEH offers its heartfelt thanks to the group, not only for giving so generously of their time, but also for the inspiration to continue striving for a better society, by providing the most vulnerable among us with the opportunity to live a life full of challenge, growth, joy and love.
To arrange a visit for your school or congregation, please contact Dov