Thank you to Carissa, Michael, Molli, and Larry!
September 11, 2017
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2017
At any simcha (happy occasion), we say, "May this good fortune be for us and for all of Israel"—the simcha is not a private celebration but the good fortune of the whole community.
- from https://ritualwell.org/ritual/tzedakah-wedding
In honor of our simcha - our marriage and the joining of our families - we have decided to take on a Tzedakah project to give back to our community.
Our project has been strongly influence by the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. When Sadako was a young child she developed leukemia from exposure to the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during World War II. She spent her days in the hospital folding paper cranes in the hopes of reaching 1,000. Legend has it that if 1,000 paper cranes are folded, a wish will be granted; her wish was to live. From these events, paper cranes have become a strong symbol for the wish for peace due to the efforts of Sadako's classmates to memorialize her and all of the children who died from the war.
Zara and Jeffrey both appreciate Japanese culture, but they resonate strongly with this story in particular. The bombing happened on Zara's birthday, and after learning about it as a child herself (who doesn't go through that phase where they look up everything they can about their birthday), she has long been aware of the unfortunate events and outcomes from war, particularly surrounding innocent children. Jeffrey identifies with the story as his best childhood friend passed away at a young age due to rare illness. He too has always been sensitive to the unfairness in the world of innocent children losing their life early.
Along with many others, we wish for peace and that children everywhere have a chance to grow up without worry. We would like to ask our friends and family to join us in this wish by sponsoring cranes for our wedding. We will be folding our own 1,000 paper cranes to send to the Children's Peace Monument for this wish and for every sponsorship, we will write either a message of peace, a name in memory of, or the name of someone you wish peace towards on a crane.
We plan to have these cranes on display at our wedding, and afterwards we will send them to Japan, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to help our local community's children.
We kindly ask you to donate if you are able, and to share this with your own friends and family. You will receive an email instruction on how to send us you message of peace post-donation.
For more information about the Children's Peace Monument:
For more information about the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC: