Areyvut breakfast inspires Jewish community service
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Areyvut breakfast inspires Jewish community service

Alan Levine, left, and Daniel Rothner; Daniel Rothner, left, with Sara Blau. (Photos courtesy Areyvut)
Alan Levine, left, and Daniel Rothner; Daniel Rothner, left, with Sara Blau. (Photos courtesy Areyvut)

More than 100 people honored Sara Blau, who received the Young Leadership award, and Alan Levine, who won the Community Leadership award, at Areyvut’s annual breakfast in Teaneck last month.

Established in 2002, Areyvut (Hebrew for mutual responsibility) reaches out to Jewish day schools, congregations, and other organizations, offering unique opportunities for creating innovative programs to make chesed a meaningful reality for students, educators, and community members.

An exciting partnership with high school senior Sara Blau, which will take Game Changers New York, the nonprofit that she launched, to the next level, was announced at the breakfast. GCNY collects and distributes new and gently used sports equipment for children in need. Under Ms. Blau’s leadership, GCNY has collected more than 6,500 pieces of sports equipment and donated them to over 20 partner organizations around the world. That has helped thousands of children. Aryevut’s partnership with Sara will double the number of items that they donate within the next year. They will achieve this goal in two ways — by setting up Game Changers chapters in other communities, and by organizing massive large-scale community collections to fill trucks of sports equipment for those in need. Ms. Blau is a Solomon Schechter School of Long Island athlete and leader; she has been a member of the UJA of New York’s Center for Youth Philanthropy and Leadership and and a Youth Ambassador Council member for the Jewish Teen Funders Network.

Alan Levine of South Orange has been a dedicated Areyvut board member. He also has been on the boards of Family Connections, the Pickals Foundation, Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel, and the South Mountain YMCA, and he has worked for the South Orange/Maplewood Refugee Resettlement Project, Families with Children from China, Bergen LEADS, Northern New Jersey Professionals in Transition, and JESPY House.

To learn how to organize a service activity for your community, email Daniel Rothner at daniel@areyvut.org, or call (201) 244-6702.

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