For the past five years, Rabbi Hochner and some of his Middle School students raised money, little by little, to purchase Tefillin for the Bet Elazraki Children's Home in Israel. Finally, about five years later, the boys of Bet Elazraki received this generous gift and have been using the Tefillin for davening daily and for their Bar Mitzvahs. Below is a letter from Bet Elazraki Children's Home:
Dear Minyan of the Hebrew Academy Middle School 2010 - 2016,
On behalf of the staff and Children of Bet Elazraki Children's Home, I would like to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. From what I understand, for the past five years, you've been donating money every single day. Eventually, you've reached such a large sum that you were able to buy with the money two pairs of Tefillin that you generously donated to the Children's Home.
The Children who received those pairs of Tefillin are two boys that are around the same age as you, and unfortunately, are faced with challenges of all sorts every single day. One of the challenges being that for different reasons they cannot live at home with their families and that is how they end up at our Children's Home. Our job at the Home is to be there for the Children 24/7, take care of their physical, social, and emotional needs, without our supporters we will not be able to accomplish all that we do.
We could not be more appreciative of each one of your efforts. Five years is a long time, and we are so honored that you chose The Children's Home as the recipient of such gift. I am sure you are all curious to know who are the boys who got the Tefillin, so let me tell you a little about them.
Asher is a bright student, he is diligent and gets good grades, he is always there for his friend to help out. He has two older brothers that live at the Children's Home as well. He is good at soccer and lately joined a Soccer team that competes with other teams, and he is leading his team to
Nehoray is a lovely 13-year-old, school work does not come easily to him but, he is determined to succeed. He is responsible and always takes care of the younger Children at the Home. He is easy going and gets along well with everyone, Children and staff.
I attached some photos from their Aliyah L'Torah.
Again, thank you all for the Tefillin. You never know what will change the life of a Child, but we do know that each one of you has a part in changing the life of a Child.
I wish you all a safe summer.
All the best,
Bet Elazraki Children’s Home
The Bet Elazraki Children´s Home was established in 1969. Today over 200 at-risk children ages 6-18, call Bet Elazraki home.