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30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Milestones Newsletter Issue
30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Milestones Newsletter Issue

30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org

Milestones Newsletter

Issue # 5 – October 2009World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Milestones Newsletter Contra Costa Jewish Day School (Lafayette, CA) Be A

Contra Costa Jewish Day School (Lafayette, CA) Be A Mensch Lemonade Stand for Yinon BIS,
Contra Costa Jewish Day School (Lafayette, CA) Be A Mensch Lemonade Stand for Yinon BIS,
Contra Costa Jewish Day School (Lafayette, CA) Be A Mensch Lemonade Stand for Yinon BIS,

Contra Costa Jewish Day School (Lafayette, CA)

Be A Mensch

Lemonade Stand for Yinon

BIS, My friend and I collected money for you. My name is Leeron and my friend's name is Angela. We were successful in collecting $51.50 by having a lemonade stand on our street. Thank you very much, Leeron & Angela

on our street. Thank you very much, Leeron & Angela Last year, while trying to think

Last year, while trying to think of ways to empower a group of day school 3 rd graders, Amy Slater-Ovadia sent me the Beit Issie Shapiro video. I was overwhelmed. The Cycles for Smiles idea was exactly what I had been looking for. Since the beginning of the school year, I had been studying with my 3 rd grade class the idea of using our Judaics knowledge to behave as mensches to one another. Now we were prepared to take the next step and move out into the world with our mensch middot and arachim (values and virtues). We brainstormed ideas for ways that we could do Tikkun Olam (fixing the world). The students had some great ideas. Then Amy came in to tell them

about Beit Issie Shapiro and about how we, as a class, could adopt a child. When we voted it was unanimous. Embarking upon the journey, which turned out to be “Change for Smiles” at our school, we first examined the challenges faced by our newly adopted friend, Yinon. We studied epilepsy and cerebral palsy specifically within the whole spectrum of special needs. We researched, read books, hosted guest speakers and tried to get a drink from the school water fountain while in a wheelchair. After we felt educated, we shared our knowledge with our peers speaking to the rest of our school’s classes (K-8) about Yinon, Bet Issie and our project. As part of our Yom Atzmaut celebration, each of our over 100 students made a Tzedakah box with Yinon’s picture on it to kickoff our “Change for Smiles” campaign. For the next four weeks we periodically made the rounds collecting and encouraging students to help us fill our Tzedakah meter. We raffled off homemade tie-dye t-shirts to 4 participating students and recognized the classroom that contributed the most money. Students created lemonade stands, did chores for grandparents and explained Beit Issie Shapiro to neighbors. Together we were able to far surpass our monetary goal and the students had an especially proud moment presenting Mrs.

Ovadia with our check.

When one of our 3rd graders was fortunate enough to meet Yinon this past summer, while visiting Beit Issie Shapiro with her family, our Cycles for Smiles project came full circle. Seeing her photograph with Yinon and his beautiful, smiling face, I felt hopeful that this 3 rd grade class of mensches had truly been able to experience their power to go out and create positive change in our world. This year’s incoming 3 rd graders are already asking when we will begin… Thank you Amy and thank you Beit Issie Shapiro! Hadas Rave, Hebrew/Judaics Teacher/Contra Costa Jewish Day School

CYCLES FOR SMILES GOES INTERNATIONAL

Costa Jewish Day School CYCLES FOR SMILES GOES INTERNATIONAL On Friday October 16th, 160 kids from
Costa Jewish Day School CYCLES FOR SMILES GOES INTERNATIONAL On Friday October 16th, 160 kids from

On Friday October 16th, 160 kids from Raanana’s Shivtei Yisrael Community launched Beit Issie Shapiro’s Cycle for Smiles program in Israel. The kids met after school and rode their bikes, tricycles and scooters around Park Chaverim to raise both awareness and much needed funding for Beit Issie Shapiro’s social inclusion program. All 160 kids and their families cycled many miles for so many smiles… It was a very special day, not to be forgotten anytime soon.

But most importantly we had gained a new friend in Israel.

Milken Community High School (Los Angeles, CA)

Noah Greene volunteered this past summer…. Volunteering for two weeks at Beit Issie Shapiro was an experience that I will remember all my life. I volunteered in the Early Intervention Center which is a special school for children with developmental disabilities between the ages of two and four years old. During the days I volunteered in the Early Intervention Center I had the fun experience of playing with and taking care of the cute children. I also volunteered in the Special Education Center which is a school for special needs children up until the age of twelve. I was truly amazed by how much fun the children were having while singing and dancing to their favorite songs. One of the fondest memories I have from my volunteering was the "Yom Maim" or water day in both the Early Intervention Center and the Special Education Center. It was a wonderful feeling seeing the children having so much fun playing with the water. That is why it was such an amazing experience to volunteer in the Hydrotherapy Pool. I got to see children who could not walk on their own outside the water practice walking and swimming in the pool. I had the opportunity to witness and be involved in all that Beit Issie Shapiro has to offer for people with special needs. I have always

has to offer for people with special needs. I have always had a tremendous love for

had a tremendous love for Israel and it was a great experience coming to Israel to volunteer at Beit Issie Shapiro. After two

weeks of volunteering I know that I will feel a connection to Beit Issie Shapiro and the children I volunteered with for the rest of my life.

and the children I volunteered with for the rest of my life. Joining the CYCLE this

Joining the CYCLE this Fall:

with for the rest of my life. Joining the CYCLE this Fall: North Shore Synagogue (Syosset,

North Shore Synagogue (Syosset, NY)

the CYCLE this Fall: North Shore Synagogue (Syosset, NY) Sandra and Lawrence Bronson Early Childhood Development

Sandra and Lawrence Bronson Early Childhood Development Center (Miami Beach, FL)

Bronson Early Childhood Development Center (Miami Beach, FL) Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA) RASG Hebrew Academy

Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA)

Center (Miami Beach, FL) Temple Aliyah (Woodland Hills, CA) RASG Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL) David

RASG Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL)

(Woodland Hills, CA) RASG Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL) David Posnack Jewish Community Center (Davie, FL)
(Woodland Hills, CA) RASG Hebrew Academy (Miami Beach, FL) David Posnack Jewish Community Center (Davie, FL)

David Posnack Jewish Community Center

(Davie, FL)

Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center (Miami Beach, FL)

Russell Jewish Community Center (Miami Beach, FL) Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp (Flushing, NY) Along with

Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp (Flushing, NY)

Beach, FL) Hillcrest Jewish Center Day Camp (Flushing, NY) Along with Rabbi Manes Kogan, raised $1000

Along with Rabbi Manes Kogan, raised $1000 for their special buddy, Neta. Together, with Ohr Chadash, they raised their money through a “penny war” at camp.

A LITTLE CHANGE MAKES A WHOLE LOT OF CHANGE!

Ohr Chadash, they raised their money through a “penny war” at camp. A LITTLE CHANGE MAKES
30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Bonnie Vorspan Cycles
30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Bonnie Vorspan Cycles

30 Years of Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org

Global Impact on the World of Special Needs www.afobis.org Bonnie Vorspan Cycles For Smiles Board Member
Bonnie Vorspan Cycles For Smiles Board Member While I was a nursery school director, Amy

Bonnie Vorspan Cycles For Smiles Board Member

Bonnie Vorspan Cycles For Smiles Board Member While I was a nursery school director, Amy Slater-Ovadia

While I was a nursery school director, Amy Slater-Ovadia called and talked to me about Beit Issie Shapiro. Our nursery school had a special needs Sunday School program for preschoolers and BIS, our already

existing trike-a-thon and our Sunday School program were a perfect match. When I retired from the directorship I wanted to continue to do Tzedakah work for BIS, so talking to the other nursery school directors about incorporating BIS into their Tzedakah programs was another perfect match. After visiting BIS in Ra’anana, witnessing first hand the wonderful work that BIS does and wanting to continue to promote the blessings this amazing organization provides to all of the Israel….well, it continues to be a perfect match!

Temple Adat Elohim (Thousand Oaks, CA)

Raised over $1,000 for their buddy!

Marcy Goldberg was excited to participate in making a difference and has already begun the Cycle again……

their buddy! Marcy Goldberg was excited to participate in making a difference and has already begun
their buddy! Marcy Goldberg was excited to participate in making a difference and has already begun
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, CYCLES FOR SMILES Margie Ipp, Founder Lucienne Adams Audrey Freedman Habush Paula Hoffman
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE,
CYCLES FOR SMILES
Margie Ipp, Founder
Lucienne Adams
Audrey Freedman Habush
Paula Hoffman
Sigalit Nechemia
Carole Perl
Mina Rush
Bonnie Vorspan
AMERICAN FRIENDS
OF BEIT ISSIE SHAPIRO
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
METRO NEW YORK CO-CHAIRS
Alvin & Aliza Broome
NATIONAL DIRECTOR
Ed Ward
WEST COAST CO-CHAIRS
Errol Fine
Marty Spiegel
WEST COAST DIRECTOR
Yael Blasberg
SOUTH EAST CHAIR
John Bussel
SOUTH EAST DIRECTOR
Steve Rose
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR,
BEIT ISSIE SHAPIRO
Jean Judes
CEO INTERNATIONAL
Naomi Stuchiner
NATIONAL MILESTONES
DIRECTOR
Amy Slater-Ovadia

Temple Etz Chaim (Thousand Oaks, CA)

We thank the Early Childhood Center & their families for making a difference

in Oren’s life!

(Thousand Oaks, CA) We thank the Early Childhood Center & their families for making a difference
(Thousand Oaks, CA) We thank the Early Childhood Center & their families for making a difference

B’nai Mitzvah Twinning

Clayton Stone of Palm Beach, FL Celebrated his Bar Mitzvah at Beit Issie Shapiro with his special buddy, Eden!

Mitzvah at Beit Issie Shapiro with his special buddy, Eden! Dear my friends at Beit Issie,

Dear my friends at Beit Issie, Thank you so much for a very special and memorable experience. I will never forget my joint bar-mitzvah with Eden. I hope to continue to regularly visit you guys in Israel and hope to stay in touch and help out in the future. Thank you gain, helping Eden do his bar-mitzvah was one of the greatest and most special moments in my life. Hope to see you guys soon! Thanks again – Clayton Stone

was one of the greatest and most special moments in my life. Hope to see you
Stephen S. Wise Temple The spirit of giving is here! Mitzvah Day 2009 is around

Stephen S. Wise Temple

The spirit of giving is here! Mitzvah Day 2009 is around the corner

talking a lot about Oriyan, our sponsor child attending Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel. Oriyan will be completing his program at Beit Issie this year largely in part to the wonderful support and love our families have shown him over the past two years. In class, teachers share photos of Oriyan and talk about differences. For young children this is an important first step in learning about tolerance, acceptance, and compassion. And, we integrate discussions about mitzvot as we talk about Oriyan and his individual challenges. What we know for sure is that you are your child's first model - they watch what you do and learn from you. If you participate in tzedakah, they will too. And while we ask for your tzedakah and SOVA contributions every week, we will gather together as a community on Mitzvah Day, November 1, at the ECC and share activities that are fun and family oriented, and that teach this commandment to your children. At Mitzvah Day, your child will be able to ride in a RACE ACROSS ISRAEL in our Cycles for Smiles course. Your family can read books about differences together, watch a video about Beit Issie, and create a page in our Oriyan Book. Your minimum donation of $36 will go toward critical services Oriyan needs to build life skills. And, we believe it's so important to support him that we're having a second opportunity to Cycle for Oriyan on Monday, November 2. Every class will have a 15 minute cycles time during our School day to show their support by riding for children that cannot. Every child will participate, but, we ask for your show of support by registering and sending in your minimum donation in advance. Complete a form in your classroom and return the form with your donation to our office or to your teacher and we'll see you at Mitzvah Day. Don't forget to come early and eat pancakes, too! You may

be aware of the personalized Tzedakah box your child brought home last week. This is part of our efforts to support Oriyan, too. We're having a contest to see which class can fill their boxes and raise the most money – so please help your child fill up the box and then watch them dump the change into their class bucket on Mitzvah Day and Cycles for Smiles. The winners will get a prize and we know how you love to win! Thanksgiving will be here in a blink of an eye. This year I'm thankful for many things, including the work I do as leader of our School program. Please join me on Mitzvah Day where we can be thankful for the gifts in our lives and help others who need our support to fulfill the dreams they have of their own.

what

will you teach your child about mitzvot? At the ECC we're

Oriyan
Oriyan
you teach your child about mitzvot? At the ECC we're Oriyan Dr. Sheryl Cohen, Director of

Dr. Sheryl Cohen, Director of ECC, Stephen S. Wise Temple

Beit Issie Shapiro Update

BIS LAUNCHES IT’S 30 TH ANNIVERSARY

West Coast Gala 2009

Please join us for what is planning to be an amazing evening at our 7th annual Gala dinner!

Honoring MR. AVI LERNER for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of Special Needs Children

Special Guest Speaker MICHELE SHAPIRO, OTR PH.D.

we are proud to recognize and pay tribute to our dear friends DR. SHLOMO & ILANA MELMED and DENNIS & MYRA MONK who have partnered with us throughout these years

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2009 ~ 6:30 in the evening Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel ~ 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

Tifereth Israel ~ 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles Gala generously underwritten by PAT AND ERROL FINE
Tifereth Israel ~ 10500 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles Gala generously underwritten by PAT AND ERROL FINE

Gala generously underwritten by PAT AND ERROL FINE ~ Dietary Laws Observed - Business Attire - Valet Parking ~ Info: (323) 938-9851