Giving Back with the Alumni Association

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Amalia Safran (Gesher ‘07) and Amy Winiker (Gesher ‘04)

PhotoOur year of giving at CRB is well under way with the second editions of the Repackathon & Yom Give Back. On November 17th, Berkshires Alumni and volunteers from across NYC repacked bulk food donations into family-sized packages to be distributed to City Harvest’s network of food pantries and soup kitchens across the five boroughs, to help feed more than 20,000 New Yorkers over the holidays.

We continued our efforts a month later for the 2nd Annual Yom Give Back, a collaboration between Congregation Or Zarua and the CRB Alumni Association. In the spirit of giving back to our community, over 90 Camp Ramah alumni, families and friends, participated in several chesed projects to benefit various organizations. Attendees made sandwiches to be distributed at four homeless shelters, created tray favors for Meals on Wheels, wrote cards for Israeli soldiers, and assembled activity kits for children recently removed from domestic violence situations around New York City. We were amazed with the number of donated coats, clothing, canned goods and toiletries that we received from the community, which we sorted for donation.

IMG_8648.JPGAs we made our rounds distributing the donated items and the sandwiches that participants made, we were overwhelmed by the gratitude felt by the organizations and the individuals benefiting from the items. It was clear what an impact only one day of chesed had within our community and it reinforced our desire to provide regular volunteer opportunities to CRB Alumni and their families.

The next opportunity for giving back is at Dorot’s Winter Package Delivery on Sunday, January 31st. As a group we will deliver some much-needed items to local NYC seniors and visit with them. To sign-up for the event, please email Amy Winiker.

As Alumni of CRB we should also recognize our responsibility to give back to an institution that has truly shaped our lives. Whether you are giving your time through volunteering as a lay-leader, working at Camp during the Summer, or donating funds for Tuition Assistance – you are ensuring that the wonderful home that nurtured us can do the same for the next generation of campers. Any gift no matter the size can help every camper love Ramah the way that you do. Here’s to a great year of giving back!