Yad Leah, a Northern New Jersey-based organization that provides new and gently used clothing to needy people in Israel, held its Dash for Dignity 5k and 1-Mile Family Walk on November 8. More 500 people participated, all socially distanced, by running in their own neighborhoods, on a treadmill, or at one of Yad Leah’s four officially measured courses in Votee Park in Teaneck; Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park; Saddle River County Park, starting in Glen Rock, or the Tallman Trail in Palisades. Fifty Yavneh students and 100 Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey middle school students, apart but still together, raised more than $18,000. The funds will provide basic warm clothing essentials to struggling families in Israel this winter.
Jessica Katz, Yad Leah’s director, said, “I am so moved by the collective community’s commitment and determination to safely immerse themselves in acts of kindness and charity despite the difficulties of the current climate. Special recognition to all our sponsors and to Yavneh Academy and Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey for their outstanding dedication to imbuing their students with a sense of mission and the importance of communal involvement.” For information, go to yadleah.org/dash.