When members of the Yeshivat Noam Parents Association attend the school’s barbecue on Sept. 7, they will have an opportunity to do a mitzvah as well, says parent Shira Lipshitz, a member of the school’s middot committee. (In Hebrew, “middot” means characteristics, or virtues.)
The Teaneck resident – whose 5- and 8-year-old sons attend the school – notes that attending parents will be invited to register with the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation, North America’s Jewish donor registry. According to the group, since tissue type is inherited, the best chance of finding a genetically matched donor lies with those of similar ethnicity.
“It’s an easy, beautiful thing to do,” said Lipshitz, “and we’re hoping to catch a lot of people because it’s the opening event of the Parents Association. It only takes a few minutes. One parent can register while the other watches the children.” The bone marrow test, she said, “involves a simple swab of cells from inside the cheeks.”
Lipshitz said the school has been “very supportive and encouraging” in furthering the work of the middot committee, which undertakes a variety of social outreach efforts, encouraging students to give tzedakah and help others.
For more information, call Lipshitz at (201) 836-2620 or visit the Gift of Life Website, www.giftoflife.org.