web analytics
July 29, 2014 / 2 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
Sections
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground


   “Building From Bottles” is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

 

   Even with a promise of matching funds from a generous friend of OIF, in order for Avigail to reach her goal, some 80,000 bottles must still be collected and processed – an ambitious task to say the least. But with the help of her mom, school principal, sister Ariella and many friends, neighbors, classmates and local stores she is well on her way.

 

   To that end, Brach’s Five Towns Supermarket has given Avigail the opportunity to host her first bottle drive by the recycling machines on Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. All are encouraged to bring their cans and bottles to the Brach’s parking lot at 11 Lawrence Lane, process them in the machines and then donate the slips to the Building From Bottles team to help bring this project to fruition.

 



Avigail (left) with her sister Ariella


 

   The idea for this project came about when OIF honored Avigail and her Girl Scout Troop (703) for coordinating the sale and shipment of 350 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to Israeli soldiers on the front. An OIF video, at the dinner, depicting a woman’s efforts to build a playground in honor of her fallen son inspired Avigail to begin this project in honor of her becoming a bat mitzvah.

 

   “We are so proud of Avigail’s commitment to this program, the environment and her fellow Jews,” said mom Andrea Borah. “She has spearheaded the effort from the start. The appreciation she shows to each friend, neighbor or classmate who helps in the process is admirable and proof to us of the type of woman she is becoming.”

 

   When Rookie Billet, incoming principal at Bnot Shulamith Middle School, heard of Avigail’s choice of project for her bat mitzvah she immediately got on board. Today, there are receptacles in every elementary and middle school classroom and there is a school-wide competition among the grades to see which can bring in the most bottles and cans – periodic ice cream parties are the tempting treat that keeps the competitive spirit alive.

 

   “It’s been inspirational to see the extraordinary response from our students to Avigail’s recycling project,” noted Billet. “The students are so careful about recycling their drink bottles and they even bring in big trash bags of bottles from home on Monday mornings. It’s amazing how one young woman can inspire a whole school.”

 

   “Children don’t understand when they’re supposed to fail – which is why they most often succeed,” said Scott M. Feltman, One Israel Fund’s executive director. “Adults, more often than not, only see the obstacles to success. With kids they only see the end goal and that’s why their drive to succeed is unparalleled. From one young woman’s idea, to her entire school’s weekly contributions and local stores and other institutions getting behind the project, I am sure Avigail will not only fulfill her quest but exceed her goals beyond even her own imagination.”

 

   Building From Bottles is more than just Avigail’s personal dream, it’s a very tangible reality that has energized and mobilized so many. With some 20,000 recyclables collected to date, there is still so much to do. Visit the Building From Bottles Facebook page for ideas and drop off locations or bring your cans and bottles to Brach’s parking lot on Sunday, November 14 and see what a difference a nickel can make That’s 20,001 and counting. And if you are interested in bringing this campaign to your school, synagogue or community, please contact One Israel Fund at 516-239-9202 or e-mail projects@oneisraelfund.org.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “One Young Lady’s Drive To Build A Playground”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, dining at the Prime Minister's residence, Jan. 4, 2014.
Is the US Furious Over ‘Israeli’ Criticism of Kerry?
Latest Sections Stories
Teens-Twenties-logo

What Hashem desires most is that we learn to connect with each other as children in the same family.

Jerusalem to Jericho Road: photograph by Chanan Getraide
“Chanan Getraide Photographs”: 2004 exhibition at Hebrew Union College Museum

“We are living in a Golden Age of Jewish Art, but don’t know it.”

Respler-072514

The real solution to bullying is to empower the bullied child.

Time outs increases compliance and positive behavior far more than other forms of discipline

Interestingly, sometimes people who have a very high self-awareness may experience intense reactions to circumstances that others might respond to more mildly.

“You Touro graduates are automatically soldiers in [Israel’s] struggle, and we count on you,” Rothstein told the graduates.

The lemonana was something else. Never had we seen a green drink look so enticing.

On his marriage, he wrote: “This is what I believe: something of the core, of the essence of this meaningful and life-affirming Judaism will not be absent from our home” (1882).

With the recent kidnapping by the Hamas and the barbaric murder of three children – Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrach and Naftali Frankel, we believe that the best answer to honor the memory of those murdered is to continue building those very communities – large and small – that our enemies are trying to destroy.

Written entirely through Frayda’s eyes, the reader is drawn by her unassuming personality.

Adopting an ancient exegetical approach that is based on midrashic readings of the text, thematic connections that span between various books of the Bible are revealed.

While Lipman comes from an ultra-Orthodox background and is an Orthodox rabbi, he offers a breath of fresh air when he suggests that “polarization caused by extremism and isolationism in the religious community may be the greatest internal threat to the future of the Jewish people”

More Articles from Carrie Beylus

“Building From Bottles” is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

“Building From Bottles” is a community-wide endeavor orchestrated by Avigail Borah, an 11-year-old from Hewlett, NY. Her goal is to amass enough recyclable bottles and cans and donate the redeemed proceeds to One Israel Fund (OIF) to help build a playground for the Jewish children living in Israel.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/one-young-ladys-drive-to-build-a-playground-2/2010/11/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: