2011 Dreidel Campaign

Posted on December 23, 2011


I’m Nitzan Levy. I’m a 12th grader at Spanish River High School and Boca Raton NCSY’s Chapter President. And I’m writing to say “thank you.”

You’re probably busy this time of year. I know I am! Right now, I’m studying for my AP courses, finishing college apps, interviewing for seminaries in Israel AND working two jobs after school. But as busy as I am, when Todd and Rabbi Gonsher asked me to participate in NCSY’s annual Dreidel Campaign, I simply couldn’t say no. And I want to tell you why.

Did you know that donors like you, enable hundreds of kids like me, to grow together at weekly Latte and Learns? My friends come from public school, private academies and Jewish day schools for these programs. They’re written up in Ignite (enclosed), but the point is, without you, so many of us wouldn’t have these safe havens.  And then where would we develop a connection to our Jewish community or ask our life questions? Thank you, for giving Latte and Learn to teens like me.

Thumb thru Ignite, and you’ll see pictures from our Shabbaton. Irrelevant of background of affiliation, these weekends are often our only opportunity to experience Shabbat with passion and excitement. We come together from all over nine states – and advisors volunteer to fly in from across the country – because the experiences you help create are truly our lifelines to our Jewish heritage. And it’s your generosity that makes these shabbatons possible. So again, thank you.

Finally, you’ll read about a role model of mine, Freda Greenbaum, who’s already super-involved in Jewish communal work. When you read her bio, you’ll see that she certainly didn’t need another cause to be passionate about. But Mrs. Greenbaum, like me, can’t say no. She and I both know you’ll see what we see. In a world where so many kids can’t seem to find Judaism meaningful, relevant or fun, NCSY is successfully reaching out. And they’re only successful because of donors like you.

I hope you have a wonderful Chanukkah and that despite how busy we all are, you’ll still make time to participate in our Dreidel Campaign. Please join the many other leaders in our community who are changing lives through their gifts to Southern NCSY.

Thanks again,

Nitzan Levy

Chapter President, Boca NCSY

PS.  Until December 31st, your donation will be doubled, thanks to a generous matching grant by a local NCSY alumni and a true believer in kids like me. That’s twice the number of teens you can inspire!

PPS. We’ve made it easy for you to give – go online today to ncsy.southern.org and change live!