News Briefs, the Week of March 16, 2017

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Foxman Torah Institute Raises $500,000 During 24-hour Campaign

The Foxman Torah Institute, a Chofetz Chaim Yeshiva High School in Cherry Hill, N.J., said it raised more than $500,000 in a 24-hour campaign March 7-8 conducted on crowdfunding website Charidy.

More than 1,000 donors participated, and the $500,000 goal was reached with 14 minutes to spare.

Matching gifts of $375,000 were secured in advance of the campaign and students, teachers, rebbeim, parents, alumni, board members and volunteers all participated.

There also were student-produced videos filmed during the campaign.

Wilmington Jewish Day School Runs 24-hour Fundraiser

Albert Einstein Academy of Wilmington, Del., was slated to hold a 24-hour fundraiser starting at 6 p.m. on March 13 and running through March 14 — Pi Day — which also was the birthdate of the Jewish day school’s namesake.

The goal was to raise $100,000.

Because four families made challenge grants, the school offered to more than quadruple every donation.

The event was considered a virtual fundraiser because most of it occurred via social media and email. Activities and celebrations at the school were scheduled to be live streamed on Facebook.

Walk for Peace Organized Around Wissinoming Park

The Wissinoming Walk for Peace: Keeping UNITY in Our CommUNITY was held March 12 at Wissinoming Park in the wake of February’s desecration of Mount Carmel Cemetery, where about 100 gravestones were toppled and/or damaged by vandals.

The candlelight walk was organized by the Wissinoming Civic Association and featured Rabbi Robyn Frisch of Temple Menorah Keneseth Chai providing opening and closing reflections.

Pilot Program for Teens Melds Technology, Past Events

A pilot program called Eitanim is “encouraging teenagers to use technology in a novel way to share what happened in the past to deepen connections to Israel in the future.”

Sponsored by the Israeli American Council (IAC), the program is named after an Israeli soldier who died in a conflict with Hezbollah.

The program is designed to preserve for future generations via interactive technology the stories and memories of Holocaust victims, survivors, veteran and fallen Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers.

Teens will present their program designs on April 4, with a winner named in June.

In addition, Harriet and Michael Levin, the parents of Michael Levin, a 22-year-old American paratrooper who was fighting for Israel and was killed in the Second Lebanon War, will speak to students from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 23 at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr.

Other Eitanim programs are underway in a dozen other U.S. cities.

JFCS to Open Bala Cynwyd Enrichment Center on April 3

Jewish Family and Children Services (JFCS) will open the Barbara and Harvey Brodsky Enrichment Center on April 3 at 345 Montgomery Ave. in Bala Cynwyd.

The $8 million project covers 18,000 square feet and will be the fifth branch of JFCS in the Philadelphia area.

The building is designed to meet the needs and programming for a wide range of clients. Social services will range from foster care and adoption, to family support and education, to financial assistance to health care.

The lobby will feature large black-and-white portraits of 18 Holocaust survivors — some of them JFCS clients — with a supportive educational program on an iPad that will detail the history of each survivor.