Photo Credit: Leket Israel
Ramaz students picking kohlrabi in Israel to help needy families

Eighth grade students from the Ramaz Lower School came to volunteer with Leket Israel – The National Food Bank last week to pick kohlrabi for Israeli families.

The class rolled up sleeves to pick 4,400 lbs. of the fresh vegetable for distribution to Israelis in need — in this case, enough kohlrabi to feed 1,000 needy families. Leket organizers said the NGO is “truly grateful” for the Ramaz School’s partnership in helping to rescue surplus food to benefit Israel’s poor.

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“It’s wonderful when schools come and get their hands dirty volunteering with Leket Israel,” commented Joseph Gitler, Leket Israel’s Founder and Chairman.

“Picking produce in the fields with Leket Israel’s flagship program Project Leket, is a unique way for today’s youth to connect with the cause, the land and Israel overall. Showing the youth that they can make a true difference even with limited time, is of utmost importance in empowering the future generation.

“We would be thrilled to welcome more visitors from New York and the Upper East Side on future visits to Israel.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.