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Friday, November 9, 2012

Flatbush Students Help With Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

On Monday, six students led by Rabbi Prag took a trip to clean up a house hit by Hurricane Sandy.

The SGO in conjunction with the Tzedakah Commission, led by SeƱora Ovadia,  have joined forces to create a Hurricane Sandy relief mission in the Yeshivah of Flatbush. Our mission began with a clothing drive. Students and other faculty members brought in ample amounts of food, clothes, shoes, toiletries, school supplies... you name it, to donate to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. We have donated school supplies to Bel Harbor Yeshivah and Mazel Yeshivah. The freshman classes sorted all the items that were donated. In addition to all the donations, the SGO and Tzedakah commission have decided to take a hands on approach to the Sandy relief project. We organized a trip that took four classes of Sophomores and Juniors to Brighton Beach Jewish Center. At the center students worked with the National Guard to distribute food to thousands of local victims. Other students who spoke Russian conversed with the majority Russian speaking population to take their mind off the trauma and to make a list of what the individuals needed. We hope to continue this relief initiative within the upcoming weeks by taking all the classes to participate in these chesed projects. ~Michelle Sabbagh, SGO President