Eleven students from Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School in Livingston and their teacher Rabbi Motti Miller ran the Jerusalem half-marathon on March 1, the only American high school contingent to participate. The team raised over $37,000 for Shalva, the Association for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children in Israel.
Although the Kushner runners made up less than 5 percent of the Shalva team, they brought in 10 percent of the funds raised for Shalva.
Miller invited the students to join him as a team and run in the event. “I thought it would be the perfect way to combine health and fitness with tzedaka, hesed, and spirituality, key lessons we teach the teens at school,” he said, “and what better place for our student delegation to run than in Jerusalem.”
Each student runner on the Kushner team committed to raising $2,700 for Shalva; their airfare and accommodations were privately sponsored. While in Israel, the students toured and spent time with young Shalva clients.