Ezra Diament

Dear Family and Friends,

I am blessed and privileged to be able to play sports.  It is something I really enjoy. I know sports can play a critical role for a person physically and also mentally. While I was visiting Israel for my bar mitzvah, I visited the ISCD and saw the great athletes and staff. I spoke at my bar mitzvah about how we work to fulfill our potential and ISCD is where many people work to fulfill their potantial.

Please consider making a donation to ISCD. 

Thank you,

Ezra

 

Harold Berman

My name is Harold Berman. I live in Israel and will be turning 50 in a few months. To celebrate the beginning of the second half of my life, I am embarking on a project far beyond anything I've ever done, with the hope that others will be inspired to transcend their own limits. 

I've run a marathon before. But over the course of this year, I will be running five marathons - one in celebration of each decade of my life. my first marathon is the Jerusalem Marathon on March 13, 2015. 

As I rack up the miles, I will be using my 5-marathon adventure to raise needed funds for an organization that truly stretches the limits of what is humanly possible. The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled is one of the world pioneers in sports rehabilitation, and a model for other rehabilitation programs across the globe. At the Center, people from all walks of life who have experienced debilitating injuries are finding ways to achieve miracles and reclaim their lives through sport. 

 The people of the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD) represent the power of possibility of the human spirit. While five marathons in one year may seem ambitious, it pales in comparison to what the people of ISCD do with physical limitations many of us cannot begin to imagine. My goal is to raise $5,000 over the next year as I run my 5 marathons. Over the coming year, as I move from marathon to marathon, I urge you to help me get to $5,000 by donating, and just as important, by telling your friends. 

I will be blogging regularly on my marathon journey at www.ontheroadto50.com and describing some of the incredible stories of the Israel Center for the Disabled. I look forward to sharing my adventure with you over the coming months.

My first marathon was the Jerusalem Marathon in March 2015, my second was the Geneva Marathon in May 2015, and I plan to run my third marathon in St. Petersburg, Russia in June 2015.

Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization

 

Hillel Mitzvah

Hi! We are the students of Hillel Bus 1235, who will be visiting Israel and the ISCD in May 2015 as part of our Taglit-Birthright Israel trip.  

The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled is one of the world pioneers in the field of sports rehabilitation. The Center opened its gates in 1960 and specializes in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children and youth. For more than fifty years, the remarkable staff and volunteers of the ISCD have encouraged the disabled to participate in a variety of sports activities and to benefit from the countless ways in which sports is healing. We will get to see the work the center is doing with our own eyes, and may even play some wheelchair basketball. 

A Tzedek project is an important part of each and every Taglit-Birthright trip.

Beyond our visit, we wanted to make our mark on the center Prior to our trip, we have set a goal of raising enough funds to sponsor a child's participation at the center for 1 year. 

 

Dean Kossoff

Hi my name is Dean and I have chosen the Israeli Sports Center for the Disabled as my Barmitzvah project. The ISCD is a really special place where kids and adults of any race, religion, or ethnicity can participate in sports activities in order to help heal their bodies and their minds. The children that come here suffer from paralysis, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. Others have been victims of terrorist attacks or accidents. I was lucky enough to meet two amazing kids named Adam and Radi. Adam is an Israeli Jew with cerebral palsy and Radi is an Israeli Arab who suffered a debilitating accident wand they are best friends. The Center has forever changed their lives. In the words of Adam..."when I am there in the swimming pool I feel like a regular kid."

The experience of welcoming them into my home, and playing sports with them will forever be in my mind and my heart. I want to help these incredible kids so badly and I have set a challenging goal of raising $10,000 to buy 4 much needed wheelchairs, which cost $2,500/each, for the kids at the Center. Please help me to reach my goal by clicking on the link below and making a donation. I've also included a link to an amazing video about the Center which is what inspired me to take this on. Please watch it so you too can be inspired to help. Click Here to Watch the Video.

 

Kosher Cyclists: NY Bike Ride

Sunday, June 21st will mark the first day of Kosher Cyclists’ 500 mile bike-journey across NY state. The  team of four cyclists will begin at Niagara Falls on Sunday and finish up in Brooklyn on Wednesday (that’s 125 miles a day!). The trip, which is in part to escape the confines of city life and have an  adventure out on New York’s open roads, is raising funds to benefit physically disabled individuals  through the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. The center  provides an important resource to the handicapped: sport. For more than fifty years, the ISCD have encouraged the disabled to participate in a variety of sports activities. The center is a strong believer that sport contributes more to the confidence, morale, and self-image of the disabled than any other form of rehabilitation. Through fitness and endurance, the riders of Kosher Cyclists hope to share such this gift to those with disabilities and handicaps.

Having done a similar trip in 2013 and 2014, their route has been fine tuned to accommodate the scenic Finger Lakes and Pocono mountains. They’ll be driving up Saturday night to Niagara Falls and will begin their route first thing Sunday morning. On their first day, they’ll bike to Rochester, their second to Binghamton, their third to Monticello and their fourth to Brooklyn!

Bike NY is a charity ride and relies on the good will of the community for its success.

Read about last year's ride: http://koshercyclists.com/articles/item/37-500-miles-across-ny-state-a-journey-to-keep-going.html

 

Ben Hochman

Dear Friends, 

Our son Ben has decided that the ISRAEL SPORT CENTER FOR THE DISABLED is his Mitzvah project, and he is dedicated to raising awareness and money for this amazing center!  It is truly a one of a kind center.  To go there, as our family did recently, and see young children who are paralyzed but are given opportunities to play sports, something they thought they would never do again, is simply amazing.

The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled is one of the world pioneers in the field of sports rehabilitation. The Center opened its gates in 1960 and specializes in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children and youth. Today, more than 3,000 kids and adults participate in 20 different sports activities without discrimination of religion, race, or ethnicity.

I hope you will join with Ben in helping him raise money for this incredible Center! Below there is a link which you can CLICK and you will be able to donate!!! Some people prefer to write checks so the address is AFISCD, PO Box 667, Deerfield, IL60015.  It’s a 501c3 charity of course so you will get a tax benefit. Thank you for your consideration!

Amy and David Hochman

"Please support me as I want to raise as much money as possible for this incredible center" - Ben Hochman 

 

Ben Zamler

Dear Friends,

My name is Ben Zamler and I am 12 years old.  I live in Deerfield and I have a 10 year old brother named Noah Zamler and a 7 year old sister named Ava Zamler. I currently attend Caruso Junior High and play basketball.  

My Bar Mitzvah will be on Saturday April 9th, 2016 and I have chosen the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled. I became involved with the center 7 years ago when I went to the annual brunch with my Dad and saw Caroline from the Center.  I was amazed at her joyfulness and wonderful personality.  She had been disabled since birth and was in a wheelchair.  She now is a Paralympic table tennis player in Israel and serves in the IDF.  That is amazing to me!  I want to help children like her at the Center so more children have the same opportunity to rehabilitate mentally and physically!

The Israel Sport Center For The D specializes in the physical and psychological rehabilitation of Israeli children and youth. Over 2,000 of these youngsters, without discrimination of religion, race or sex, participate in 18 sports branches at our Centre. The ISCD is one of the world pioneers in the field of sports for the disabled, with the greatest number of disabled children in its care. The spirit and motivation of sport is used as a means to help guide the disabled from a state of helplessness to productive, fulfilling lives.

The Center has over 400 wheelchairs, which are used by more than 2,000 disabled athletes. The wheelchair is the key to the disabled athlete’s mobility, compensating for the inability to use the legs and lower body. Despite constant maintenance and timely repairs, wheelchairs wear out after four years of intensive use. This means that the purchase of at least 100 new wheelchairs each year (at a cost of US$ 2,500 each wheelchair) is a permanent and ongoing need.

From Ben's Parents:

Our son Ben has decided that the Israel Sport Center For The Disabled is his Mitzvah project! He is dedicated to raising awareness and money for this amazing center. We are both extremely grateful Ben chose this project. We have been involved with this amazing Center for 7 years and to see these courageous children rehabilitate themselves at the CENTER both physically and mentally is truly amazing!

Please help Ben reach his goal of $10,000 which will enable us to purchase four very needed sports wheelchairs.  We will be MATCHING what Ben raises up to $5,000.  So, our ultimate goal is $10,000!

 

Glencoe Mitzvah Madness

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in supporting Israel Sport Center for the Disabled and our Glencoe Mitzvah Madness Project!

The three of us: Jack Wineman, Josh Radner and Zach Aisen, are going to Israel with Am Shalom, our congregation, for our Spring Break.  We will be having our Bar Mitzvahs with our Rabbi, Cantor and our families in Jerusalem.  Our Rabbi, Steven Lowenstein, told us about this amazing Center which specializes in sports rehabilitation for disabled youth.  We are planning to spend the day with the young athletes on March 20, 2016.

We all feel blessed and lucky to be able to play sports and understand the importance of sports in building strength, self-esteem and confidence.  We are inspired to help buy new wheelchairs which help the disabled athletes (who cannot use their lower body and legs) feel like normal kids playing ball and competing in a variety of events!  A new wheelchair costs about $2500, and the Center needs new ones each year to continue with their amazing programming.

We are selling a “Mitzvah Madness Bracket” for the upcoming NCAA tournament in our community to raise money for the new wheelchairs.  We will be selling the brackets for $10 each.  You can email us at MitzvahMadness2016@gmail.com if you want to participate!

Thank you for taking the time to read about our project and learning about the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.

Shalom, Jack, Josh, Zach

To purchase a bracket, email MitzvahMadness2016@gmail.com.

 

Kaya Haymann

Dear Friends,
 
My name is Kaya Haymann and I’m 12 years old. I have a twin sister named Izzie and a 10 year old brother Eli. I live in Dallas, TX and I’m a gymnast at WOGA Gymnastics (World Olympic Gymnastic Academy). 
 
I started doing gymnastics when I was 3 years old and now I’m a Level 8. I am a dedicated hard worker who can over come obstacles. I really like gymnastics because it has taught me how to set goals and work hard to achieve them. My ultimate goal is to get a scholarship to the University of Michigan. 
 
I have decided to raise money for The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled (ISCD) because I really want all children to have the chance to try sports no matter what their circumstances. Gymnastics has taught me incredible skills that will help me in all aspects of my life and I hope that I can help other children find a sport that will let them accomplish their dreams. The ISCD is an incredible place where kids with all type of disabilities or injuries from terrorist attacks, birth defects or other circumstances can come and play sports. Please help me provide more smiling faces and joy through sports for children of all circumstances!
 
I am organizing a Cartwheel-A-Thon on May 22, 2016 at 12pm at WOGA in Plano, TX. My goal is to raise $50,000. Please donate, sign up to take part or come out and support all of us raise money for the Israeli athletes. Thanks for your support!