My Bar Mitzvah is just a few months aways now, and I’d like to hit the ground running with a good deed. Because I’ll be turning 13 years old, I decided to run 13 miles (well, 13.1, actually) — a Half Marathon– to raise money for Boys Town Jerusalem. It’s a residential school that shapes disadvantaged boys into young men with limitless futures.
My run will be in Delray Beach, Florida on December 31, 2019. When I started training at the end of September, I could barely go half a mile without running out of steam, but recently I tackled 7 miles without stopping for a breather (see picture). I’ve learned a lot during my training process already, like it’s not a good idea to eat 4 slices of pizza moments before heading out for a run, that someone in my neighborhood is searching for their beloved, “docile” pet boa constrictor, and that I can accomplish something I didn’t think was possible if I put my mind (and legs) to the task.
Please consider joining me in my challenge. Don’t worry. . . you don’t have to run the 13 miles! But if you could sponsor my run (or show up to cheer me on), I’d be very grateful, and I’m confident the students at Boys Town will share that attitude. My parents have committed to match all donated funds, dollar-for-dollar, up to $1,300. I’m looking forward to visiting the students on their campus when I travel to Israel in April.
I’d write more, but, well, I gotta run! 😉
- $50Shira, Joe, Harris & Ezra Cohen Go Michael! (And Michael's Mom) Love your intro. Mazel Tov.
- $72Evan Deborah Josh Avi and Yoni What a great cause. Michael Mazel Tov on your Bar Mitzvah. We can’t wait to celebrate...
- $118Phyllis, Ted, Sammy & Aidan Struhl Wow! Amazing! Best of luck on your run! Mazel Tov on your upcoming Bar Mitzvah!
- $54Suri and Mordechai SpolterGo Michael! What a beautiful mitzvah! Love the pic and message! Mazel Tov!!!
- $54Eli, Estee, Elana and Zahava What a wonderful idea!!! Mazal tov!
- $136Bubi and Pa What a wonderful and inspiring idea! Hatzlacha!
- $50Nicole E. Michael - inspiring project. So excited for you on this monumental occasion. Keep making your parents proud! -Nicole Eiszner
- $54Caryn Siperstein KleinAmazing and meaningful mitzvah.
- $136Klein FamilyWhat an amazing accomplishment. We wish we could be there to cheer you on (not to run, though!) We hope to see pictures! GOOD LUCK AND MAZAL TOV!!!
- $50Brian, Naomi, Kayla, Hannah & JoshWow this is amazing! Good luck to you and your mom on your half marathon. Mazel Tov on your upcoming Bar Mitzvah!
- $100David, Deena, Owen, Hayley & Arabella SturmGood luck on the half marathon and MAZAL TOV!
- $100MaryAnn Salemi Michael I have no doubt you will crush this!
- $50Uncle Bobby, Aunt Kimmey, Gabriella and Sophie Keep pushing yourself Michael! We're all very proud of you!
- $50Mandi Gormas We wish we could be there to watch you finish! We love you! Uncle Brad, Aunt Mandi, Gavin and Jett
- $118Lisa & Howie Friedman Mazol Tov Michael! What a great project. May you always run to do chesed. Lisa, Howie & Jake
- $36Linda and Murray Markowitz Good Luck
- $54Aunt Sheryl & Uncle Allen What a wonderful mitzvah! Good luck!
- $54Meyer, Laura, Daniella, Rina and Sam Amazing Michael!! Hope to be there to cheer you on at the finish line!
- $100Bana & Papa Michael, we are so proud of your effort for such a worthy cause and having a mom to share the experience with will make memories to last a lifetime.
- $1300Mom, Dad & Alex May you continue to step in the right direction throughout life. We love you!
- $50Susan and Howie YAYYYYYYYYYY for MBG!!!!
- $72Moshe, Elissa, Talia & Jared Mazel Tov on your Mitzvah Project, your Commitment to Boys Town Jerusalem and to your health!
- $25Aunt Susan Go Michael for a very good cause!
- $136Jeffrey GallerMazal Tov. We would like to participate with you but we cannot run, or even walk 13 miles. Can we drive alongside you? Love, Aunt Fredi and Uncle Jeffrey
- $100Itzkowitz Family Good luck Michael. I’ll have potato chips ready for you after the run!
- $54Diana and Michael Feintuch Awesome idea!! Good luck!!
- $100The MarkofskysSuch a wonderful mitzvah! We look forward to hearing about your run!
- $100Erin and Ari SonnebergMazal tov! What an amazing accomplishment! Erin and Ari
- $26Nikki, Phil, Maddie, Peter, Henry & AmeliaCongrats to you and mom Michael! You should be very proud, what a wonderful accomplishment!! We’ll be cheering you on from New Jersey!
- $50the Webb family Good Luck, Michael! Our family is proud of you and the commitment that you are making. Way to serve! Love, The Webbs
- $36Rebecca F. This is a great bar mitzvah project. Very inspiring!
- $36Tzippi and Adam Rosen Mazel Tov and great job!
- $136Matt Triggs Congrats on your run! We are so proud of you!
- $36Adeline Galler