Campers serve community
By Sergio Carmona, Staff Writer 3:21 p.m. EDT, August 1, 2012
Local Orthodox Jewish girls from a North Miami Beach summer camp recently participated in a community service project to help Jewish Community Services of South Florida.
The girls, who call themselves “Teens on Wheels,” delivered food to the JCS Kosher Food Bank in North Miami Beach. This activity included a bake sale where the girls raised close to $500, painting and decorating tote bags for the food at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami under the guidance of an art teacher/educator and shopping for the food at the Winn-Dixie store in Aventura.“I think that by doing a lot of exciting activities and going on a lot of trips, we felt that the lesson we wanted to promote is that what you can give is equally as important as what you can get and they have been as excited about this project or more than about going to the water parks or other trips,” said Shani Grossbard, a co-director for the camp.
Aviva Breier, 15, a camper residing in North Miami Beach, said about the project, “It’s really fun because I know that it helps someone else.”
Bonnie Schwartzbaum, coordinator at the JCS Kosher Food Bank, said, “This [project] was a fantastic idea because it combined so many different aspects of tzedakah.”
“This was very appreciated and very well-needed,” Schwartzbaum added. “During the school year we get 18 schools a month coming to the kosher food bank and then when the summer time comes it’s slow, so when a camp like this comes and brings us food in these beautiful bags and decorations, it makes people happy.”
For the bag decorating aspect of the project, Schwartzbaum suggested that Grossbard contact MOCA. Both JCS and MOCA have partnered on several projects since 1998.
“Our clients’ lives have been immeasurably enriched by the partnership between MOCA and JCS,” said Fred Stock, president/chief executive officer of JCS. “We support MOCA because MOCA belongs to everyone.”
Bonnie Clearwater, MOCA’s executive director, said that both organizations can learn a lot from each other through this partnership, especially since the art students at the museum are predominantly Haitian.
“They can learn who they are, what their backgrounds are, and how they see the world,” she added. “It’s always an eye-opening experience when not everyone sees things the way you do and I think that’s a way we build a stronger community and we really feel that’s an important part of our role.”
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