EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
If you had known me as a very small child, you would think there was absolutely no way I would ever have the capacity to finish a marathon. My legs were so short and my upper body so stocky, that I did little more than take a few steps, lose my balance, and immediately topple over.
It’s 30 years later; I’ve grown to a towering 5 feet 2 inches tall, and this April I’ll be crossing a marathon finish line for the third time. This one, however, will be different.
“Why is this marathon different from all other marathons?”
1) “Tikkun Olam”: Repairing the world. In my two previous marathons, I paid an entry fee, received a race bib, flew to another city and ran. This time, I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to fundraise for Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP). I am proud to run for CJP specifically, because although partnered and affiliated with many Jewish charities, it’s an organization whose focus is repairing the world and providing help to all communities.
2) “Hatikvah”: The hope. People can hope for a lot of things. I hope that it’s not again 90 degrees on Marathon Monday. I hope that the water stops have fruit punch flavored and not lemon flavored Gatorade. I hope that my shoelaces don’t come untied on Heartbreak Hill. This however is not the kind of “hope” for which I’m fundraising.
- CJP provides hope to local families who can’t afford food, healthcare or education.
- CJP provides hope to a generation that is still discovering its Jewish identity.
- CJP provides hope to Israel and other communities overseas that wishfor a safer and brighter tomorrow
3) “Shlichoot”: The mission. In the summer of 2010 my life was forever changed when I embarked on a CJP sponsored mission to Israel with 45 other young leaders from the Boston area. The 5am climb up Masada, the emotional journey through Yad Vashem (Israel’s Holocaust Memorial), and the bonds of friendship formed on that trip are forever ingrained in my memory. Part of my reason for fundraising for CJP is to give others the opportunity to share the same experience.
4) “Baitee”: My home. I live here. While it was fun running past the beaches of Miami and through the streets of Philadelphia, and even more fun replenishing my calories at Joe’s Stone Crab and Geno’s Steaks respectively, this marathon is on my own turf and I’ll be running with the support of an amazing CJP cheering section at mile 23.
There are four of us running for CJP this year with a team goal of raising $20,000. Any donation that you’re able to make will go a great distance towards helping those in need. I really appreciate your support and hope to see you along the route on April 15th.