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Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz
Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz

Sometimes a little bit of bad news turns into a great deal of good news.

The bad news was that a Teaneck family failed to win a contest that would have given them a van accessible to people with handicaps.

For Esther Herzfeld, a teacher at Teaneck’s Ma’ayanot Girls High School, the van would have meant a great deal. The Herzfeld family’s four children all have been diagnosed with a rare muscular condition that has immobilized one of them and limits the others’ movement.

The family won more than 90,000 votes in the contest sponsored by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association. But that wasn’t enough to allow them to claim victory — or the van.

However, philanthropist Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz, who heads the Brius Healthcare Service in California, heard about the story via Vos Iz Neias, a Jewish news site, and when the family’s 90,000+ votes were not enough to sway the judges, he stepped forward to donate the van.

“Their needs are enormous, and I am hoping that others will come through for the Herzfelds,” Mr Rechnitz told Voz Iz Neias.Larry Yudelson

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