Sep 22, 2010

Thank You RBS..

A Message from Lemaan Achai

I take this opportunity to say Thank You - Yeshar Kochachem!

You have responded *amazingly* to the Lema'an Achai Rosh Hashana/Yom
Kippur campaign!

Over ONE THOUSAND PEOPLE donated to this year's campaign, including
from all over RBS, Bet Shemesh, and from around Israel.

Note: Lema'an Achai are still 150,000 NIS short of our current needs.
Please do continue giving generously, such as for Simchat Hachag
(there is *no* simchat hachag, unless the poor have been fed too) or
for Yizkor (there is a tradition to give tzedaka in memory/zchus of
our departed parents and loved ones). Please also give regularly to
Lema'an Achai; for a horaat kevah form, please hit "reply". Tizku


I would like to particularly thank Lema'an Achai's Founder and Possek,
Rav Chayim Soloveichik. For ten years now, Rav Soloveichik has served
as Lema'an Achai's always-available-24/7-possek and our guiding light.

Special thanks also to Rav Yaakov Haber who has kindly volunteered his
time and tremendous expertise as Rabbinical Advisor; Rabbi Haber's new
book, The First Ten Days, jointly published for Lema'an Achai, was a
major factor in this year's great campaign.

On behalf of the community, I express our appreciation for the
tremendous work done in preparing this campaign, and the difficult
challenge of leading Lema'an Achai throughout the year, to Rav Avrohom
Leventhal and his team.

Of course, Lema'an Achai's in-house team of social workers and
counselors burn-the-midnight oil at this time of year - and throughout
the year, to give families in need the best & most effective help
possible, carefully balancing the limited resources, to obtain the
optimal results.

And a huge *Yeshar Koach* to Lema'an Achai's veritable army of
volunteers, helping with the campaign, and day-to-day, tirelessly
running all of Lema'an Achai's thirty different community programs.

I'll end by sharing an email one our team of expert counselors just
received (I've lightly edited it to conceal the sender's identity);
it's a tip-of-the-iceberg example of the many chasodim done each day
by this great organization:-

"Dear (name of Lema'an Achai's counselor withheld),
I saw you the other day at XXXX's office and realized I had forgot to
say THANK YOU and express how truly thankful I am for your assistance
in getting the job! I am so busy trying to "prove" myself and get my
skills up to scratch that I truly have thought of nothing else. You
and Lemaan Achai were so critical in re-training me, and in getting me
this job (because no employer likes to hire more staff unless its
absolutely necessary). Please keep doing this valuable chesed;! For
people like me who are so anxious to work but need that extra help,
Lemaan Achai makes a world of difference."

Yeshar koach to our whole wonderful community!!

Chag sameach!
Best Regards,

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