The eighth annual Asher Strobel z”l Memorial Basketball and 5K run was held on August 12 in Englewood. Funds raised at the annual program, which is organized by Asher’s friends, benefit the Asher Strobel Leadership program at Englewood’s East Hill Synagogue. Eight years ago, the shul renamed its youth program the Asher Strobel Youth Program in his memory.
Asher, who died in 2011 at 21, was a youth leader at East Hill. He had a passion for Israel, Judaism, and the Jewish people, and his untimely death was a devastating loss to his family and friends and community. To memorialize Asher and the impact he had as a youth leader, the shul developed the East Hill Synagogue Asher Strobel Leadership Program for high school seniors. It aims to strengthen the participants’ leadership skills, and to expose them to the richness of Jewish history and heritage. The program has run six times, each time with about 20 participants, and will run again this year. All are welcome. The program has 12 sessions, highlighted by its annual weeklong journey to Poland. Leadership sessions are organized around four main themes — Israel advocacy; public speaking; first aid training, including CPR certification from the American Heart Association; and learning about legendary Jewish leaders. Applications are at the East Hill Synagogue.