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The Brandeis Chesed Fair: Inspiring Our Students and Community to Do Service

By Miriam Herman · November 12, 2013

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“How do we inspire the entire school community to do charitable work?”  The Board of Education at The Brandeis School spent many hours discussing this question and brainstorming ways to get the students to feel pride and ownership when volunteering.  We knew getting the kids to volunteer was a great idea, but we still had many questions:

  • How do we get the kids to know what is out there?
  • Who are the people involved in these organizations?  
  • Who are the people in need of help?
  • What are their needs? 

Many schools, including our own, require their students to do community service and charitable work as part of their graduation. We wondered how to make the community service more than a requirement for the students.  We wanted to make it part of the culture of the school and the students’ lives.

We could have easily distributed a flier to our students about the different opportunities, but we all know there is no substitute to meeting with people face to face. We are trying to motivate our children on an emotional, spiritual, and intellectual level to do more acts of chesed or loving-kindness. A flier was not going to do the trick. We decided to give the students, parents, and community members a chance to meet with the do-gooders of our world to ask questions, listen to their stories and get inspired to support them in their important work.

This Wednesday night, November 13, seventeen different charitable organizations will be coming to The Brandeis School Annual Chesed Event to showcase the types of wonderful work they do in hopes of attracting new volunteers... 

When the Board of Education of the school first began this endeavor, it was only open to students in Brandeis.  As time went by, the Board decided to expand its outreach and include the entire community. We wanted to not only promote this culture in our school but throughout the entire community.  Kids and adults from Brandeis will circulate from booth to booth, learning about the different needs of the organizations andin our very own community.  The younger kids will have the opportunity to do arts and crafts projects, while the older kids explore new volunteer opportunities.  The parents will get a chance to network, while drinking lemonade to help out cancer research.  It is sure to be a wonderful evening.  The students of our school, their siblings, and parents and many community members will come together to help one another, make friendships, and plan future events and charitable work.

Join us, be inspired, and take away something real.

Participating organizations include: Friends of Yad Sarah, ALEH Caring for Israel's Disabled, Together, LI Coalition for the Homeless, Ohel- Children’s Home and Family Services , C - the difference, The Friendship Circle, JCC Food Pantry in the Five Towns, Sharsheret- For the Jewish community facing Breast Cancer, Chai Lifeline, Afya foundation – Humanitarian aide for third world countries, Lev LaLev- Girl’s orphanage in Israel, The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Meir Panim - Jewish Charity for the hungry and poor in Israel, Hadassah: The World’s Zionist Organization of America, Resurf Project.

Brandeis Chesed Fair

Time: Wed Nov 13 · 6:30PM - 8:00PM 
Place: The Brandeis School, 25 Frost Lane, Lawrence, NY

The Brandeis School is located at 25 Frost Lane, Lawrence, NY. For more information please call Miriam Herman 347-739-9800 or email bradever1@aol.com.

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subhan kareem wrote about 1 month ago

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