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Rayna and Hallie's B'not Mitzvah Fundraising Page

Donations as of August 29, 2015:

$385.00 Raised Offline
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Rayna and Hallie's B'not Mitzvah Fundraising Page

Thank you for visiting our fundraising page to learn about what and who we are supporting!





     We first got interested in FIDF when our Hebrew School teacher, Moreh Elie, explained to our class about a war that was happening in Israel in the fall of 2012. CBI's Mitzvah Day was coming up and our mom asked us what or who we wanted to support.  We both immediately thought of the soldiers working so hard to protect Israel. With the help of our mom, Lori, we found the website for FIDF and were inspired. From then on, our project has been blooming.  We supported FIDF at last year's Mitzvah Day and soon after that we met Seth and Arielle, FIDF representatives from NJ.  They invited us to Deal, NJ over the summer where we met Bat Mitzvah aged children from Israel who had all lost a loved one that served in the IDF.  





The programs we are supporting through FIDF are the Legacy: Bar/Bat Mitzvah program and Bereaved Siblings Workshop. Both have to do with a child, like us, but he/she has lost a loved one while defending Israel. The Legacy: Bar/Bat Mitzvah program, let’s us help a child our age, have a Bat/Bar Mitzvah of their very own in Israel. The one-day event includes making an Aliya to the Torah at the Kotel, touring the Knesset, visitng the Bible Lands Museum and having a Mitzvah Ceremony where all children enjoy a musical performance. The Bereaved Siblings Workshop works with family members who have lost a sibling while serving in the Israeli Army. This 3-day workshop hopes to start the healing process for the sibling that has a broken spot in their heart. They will work with other kids, just like them, who have been through the same experience of loss. The counselors they will be working with also have lost a sibling, therefore they can all heal together.  We were particularly drawn to these 2 programs given it is our Bat Mitzvah year and so it is particularly meaningful to support other children in having a special day. We also couldn't imagine the sadness and grief of coping with the loss of a sibling, which is why we are supporting the Bereaved Siblings Workshop.


        Lastly, we are raising additional funds to go directly to purchasing backpacks for a brigade of IDF soldiers.  It is our hope to support the Israeli men and women who defend the State of Israel and Jews around the world.






Our fundraising goal for FIDF is $3,600. Since we are two people, we would like to help two Legacy children and two Bereaved Siblings. For two Legacy Bar/Bat Mitzvah children, it will cost $2,400.00. In order to support two bereaved children, we will have to raise $240. The rest of the fundraising money will be directed towards a brigade that we hope to visit this summer in Israel when we travel there with our family.


We already have raised some money for FIDF. Our mother runs something called Mitzvah Day at our synagogue. Last year, we hosted a bake sale in honor of FIDF and had a letter writing station to support the soldiers fighting hard in Israel. We are proud to say we earned $200 that afternoon. We have also personally donated $360 from the money we earned this summer from being mother's helpers and from teaching a dance class.  






We hosted our 2nd bake sale at CBI in January- it was a tasty success - thank you to those who purchased our baked goods and wrote letters to the IDF soldiers.  We had our event at our synagogue Congregation B'nai Israel on January 26th.  Mr. Tenenbaum from CBI, Mr. Goldstein from FIDF and a soldier from IDF's Navy spoke.  We also presented our power-point presentation and felt so fortunate to have a room full of our family and friends and friends from our CBI community to support us and learn about FIDF.  Thank you for coming!!






We would like to thank our parents, Adam and Lori, for supporting us everyday. We would like to thank Rabbi Bayar and Joe Tennenbaum for their involvement and genuine interest in our Mitzvah project.  We would also like to thank Cantor Wallach for her enthusiasm when we first told her of our idea over the summer.  Her eyes lit up and she was so supportive.  We would also like to thank the representatives from FIDF that have been so helpful with everything.  Arielle and Seth, thank you so much!  


Lastly, thank you to each of you for reading our story and being part of this special time in our lives!



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Michael and Denise Garnek What a great job you are doing. Keep up the good work. Mazel Tov on your B'not Mitzvah.
Abby Dranikoff Mazel tov Hallie & Rayna!
Sue and Brian Korff Mazel Tov on your B'not Mitzvah and for supporting such a wonderful cause.
Stuart Okorofsky
Meryl & Ray Raskin Hallie & Rayna - you were fabulous at your B'not Mitzvah! We were honored to be there with your amazing family and friends.
Stacey DeMatteis Congratulations Hallie and Rayna!
Rachel Williams What a great Mitzvah project! Mazel-tov!!
Karoline and Abigail Policarpio Hallie and Rayna Great job! Can't wait to help you celebrate and hope you have a fantastic time in Israel over the summer
Xander Zingale Mazel Tov!
The Lechtmans In honor of Hallie and Rayna's B'nai Mitzvah. Mazel Tov!
Barbara and Stuart Packer Mazel tov! What a wonderful cause. We can't wait to celebrate with you.
Stanley Okorofsky In honor of Hallie and Rayna's B'not Mitzvah!
Andrew Aronson Sounds like a great project!
Gabrielle Alpert Wow Hallie and Rayna you have done such an amazing job raising money and educating people about this important organization. Thank you!
Karen and Ron Rosbruch Congratulations on your hard work and commitment to such a worthwhile cause.
The Adelman Family We are so proud of both of you for your hard work in supporting the Israeli soldiers! Great job! We love you!!
Ben Sinins and family Terrific mitzvah project! Mazel tov on your upcoming B'not Mitzvah!
Mosberg Cohen Family We are so excited for your b'nai mitzvah. We know you will both be wonderful. So happy to donate to such a great cause!
Andrea and David Hirschfeld Mazel Tov on providing such a wonderful program!
Uncle Jason & Aunt Rachel Mazel Tov. We're so proud of you!
Molly Grazioso
The Daniel Family Mazal Tov to you ladies for working so hard for this most worthy organization!
Matt & Miriam Askin
Don and Marcie Goelman What a wonderful cause! Congratulations to each of you on becoming Bat Mitzvah and for supporting the IDF.
Ellen & Steve Matzner We heard about your mitzvah project from your grandparents. What a wonderful cause. We are happy to participate.
Betty & Barry Ende Outstanding cause, glad to help
The Santos' Family Way to go R and H ! Great girls for a great cause!
Karen and Larry Shapiro What a creative and worthwhile B'not Mitzvah project!
Sydney Clawans Mazel tov, H & R !
Marko Choma I am so proud of the two of you!
Jordana Marx Fried Mazel Tov to you both and to the whole Katzman family.
Adam Hechler
The Slifer Family So proud of you, Hallie & Rayna. You are wonderful role models. The Slifer Family
CBI Mitzvah Day Bake Sale 2014 Thank you for your support at our Bake Sale - hope you enjoyed the treats!
Nancy and Joe Tenenbaum Congratulations Hallie and Rayna for your work supporting the soliders of the IDF !!
Cousin Jonathan Love this project! Yasher Koach Cousin, JB
Celia Mathay and Family Hallie & Rayna - We are so happy to support your Mitzvah project and excited to be a part of this special time for you both!!!
Meryl Raskin
Grandma Hannah and Papa Rich We are proud of all of your accomplishments and the lovely girls that you have become! We can't wait to go to Israel with you! We love you!
Hayley, Jonathan, Lauren and Jess Hirschmann Glad to support you girls and this great cause!
Krefsky Family We are so proud of both of you and are happy to support FIDF! xoxo
Great Uncle Artie and Great Aunt Gladys We love you and wanted to support you and the Israeli soldiers.
Michael & Dawn Berman Hallie & Rayna - what a worthwhile and touching project you have chosen!
Only write comment as signed. We are happy to donate to such a worthwhile cause. Great Aunt Susan and Uncle Norman
Bubbe and Papa We are so proud of all your accomplishments. This B'nai Mitzvah Project is another example of how loving and caring the two of you are!
craig, dan, and michael We are happy to support this great cause.
Miller Family We're so happy to support you! xoxo
Anthony Iuffredo
Lori, Jason, Sam, Jamie and Reese Cohen We are so happy to support this. Great work!
The Liebermans We enjoyed helping you with your Mitzvah Day project last year and we are thrilled to support FIDF through your B'nai Mitzvah project.

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