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Team Yachad 2011

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Eliana Shields


I am writing this letter to you about an extremely special organization known as Yachad NJCD.
Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, is dedicated to addressing the needs of all individuals with disabilities and including them in all aspects of Jewish life. From weekly activities, to Shabbatonim and trips, this organization is unbelievable in what it accomplishes.

This past summer, I had the indescribable privilege of being able to attend the Yachad summer Israel touring program, known as Yad B’Yad. The program’s ideals are literally embedded in it’s name - hand in hand. It was a completely inclusive program. In addition to Yad B’Yad, I also have the absolute pleasure of being on the Baltimore Yachad Board, as High School Coordinator. Being a Yachad volunteer has helped me grown immensely, in ways that I am unable to describe. In addition, I hope to enhance my passion with Yachad by working at the Yachad Morris Sandelbaum Fellowship Program for the summer of 2011.

How do you give back to something that changed your life? For me, answering that question, after over a year, is impossible. I can't give back to Yachad. I tried giving back by going on the High School Leadership Shabbaton in 2009. I tried giving back by being a constant volunteer and Baltimore's High School Coordinator. I tried giving back by going on Yad B'Yad. I tried giving back by going on Leadership another time. I tried giving back by going on Shabbatonim, and helping to coordinate an upcoming and successful Baltimore Shabbaton. I am now trying something new - raising funds for this incredible organization.

I am running for my friend Frieda. Frieda has Cerebral Palsy, a disability which limits her physical abilities, specifically walking. I want to raise this money in honor of her, of what she gave me. She teaches me to have a positive outlook on life, and to appreciate everything I have. Yachad gave Frieda the summer experience of a lifetime - being able to tour Israel with her friends. I want to give for her.

In an effort to give back to this organization I owe so much to, I have decided to run the annual Miami ING marathon this coming up January, on Team Yachad. To run, I must fund-raise a total of $3,000.00. In order to reach this goal, I need your help. It takes less than five minutes, and it will make a huge difference to every Yachad participant.

Steps for Sponsoring:
1. Go onto
2. Scroll down, and click on Eliana Shields.
3. Enter amount.

All checks must be made out to Yachad, and my name must be on the memo!
Thank you for helping me run....for those who can’t.
Thank you in advance! Tizku L’Mitzvot!
Eliana Shields

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