Bar mitzvah project combatting hunger ‘has legs’
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Bar mitzvah project combatting hunger ‘has legs’

Robbie Feiler of River Vale and the hundreds of bags he packaged and distributed for his bar mitzvah project.
Robbie Feiler of River Vale and the hundreds of bags he packaged and distributed for his bar mitzvah project.

If you think that a bar mitzvah project is something to do just for the milestone event, tick it off as the Hebrew school requirement, and then put in the rear mirror, meet Robbie Feiler of River Vale.

Last year, as he approached his bar mitzvah and prepared as a student at the Religious School at Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley, under the school’s Kids Who Care program, Robbie chose to address food insecurity.

To that end, he raised more than $1,000 through playing basketball. He used that money to purchase healthy snacks that would help feed people in need. He packed more than 500 bags and delivered the snack bags filled with the goodies. They were distributed to the Center for Food Action in Englewood.

Fast forward to this year.

For this year’s Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s March Mega Food Drive, Robbie decided to jump in again and help.

“For my bar mitzvah project, I packed over 500 snack bags that went to kids who are less fortunate than I am and have food insecurity,” said Robbie, an 8th grader at Holdrum Middle School in River Vale.

“I chose to make the same snack bags this year again for Jewish Federation’s March Mega Food Drive. This is an important cause for me because I know that not every kid out there can go to their refrigerator or pantry and have the food choices and amounts that I do.  I hope to continue making a difference in these kid’s lives in the future.”

To say that his parents, Debra and Larry Feiler, feel proud, is an understatement.

“What he did last year really impacted him,” said Debra. “It is wonderful. The opportunity to do a mitzvah project like this can really make a major difference in their lives.”

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