TEEN INVOLVEMENT WITH ELIYA
Milken high School's Fashion with Compassion (2011)
Nearly 500 people gathered in Stephen S. Wise Temple’s Zeldin Hershenson Hall on Sunday, November 6, 2011 for the fourth annual Fashion with Compassion event.
The show, entirely produced by Milken students, was a success again, raising $15,000 for Friends of ELIYA-USA. 100 students volunteered to organize and coordinate details of the show and boutique benefiting ELIYA, including 50 students who participated in the fashion show. The Fashion show was follow by a boutique, which also helped raise funds for ELIYA. Sponsors included Westfield, OPI, and Teen Vogue.
By choosing ELIYA, co-chairs Deborah Halimi ’12, Shani Gilboa ’12 and Ally Torkan ’11 continued the fashion show’s ongoing involvement with organizations that benefit Israel and youth.
Before the runway show, ELIYA-USA, presented Halimi, Gilboa and Torkan with Eliya’s “Visionary Award”, presented yearly to a recipient who shows great support for Friends of ELIYA.
Read more about Fashion With Compassion at: www.fashionwithcompassion.com
2010 B’nai Mitzvah Project
2010 Volunteer Service Award recipient
Benjamin O. chose ELIYA as his bar mitzvah project and was able to rise over $6000.00. Benjamin included customized center pieces during his bar mitzvah to help raise awareness and funds for ELIYA.
Benjamin and his father David rode in the ELIYA bike ride for several years, which helped with his fundraising efforts. Benjamin also coordinated a fundraiser for his bar mitzvah and included customized center pieces during his bar mitzvah celebration, which had information about his efforts to raise funds and awareness for ELIYA and how his guests can also support his efforts. In total, Benjamin was able to raise $6,156.56.
ELIYA-USA honored him with the first “Volunteer Service Award,” in 2010, at ELIYA USA’s fall 2010 gala dinner. Benjamin and his family continue to be supporters of ELIYA and true ambassadors for visually impaired/blind children that benefit from the programs in Israel.
2010 B'nai Mitzvah Project
2012 Ambassador for children of ELIYA
Noah M. chose ELIYA as his bar mitzvah project and raised nearly $4000. Noah created a website and invited his classmates / friends and family members to join him in the 15M ride. By participating in the Bike-a-thon and gaining supporters, he was able to help raise funds and awareness for ELIYA – Israel.
This past July, Noah hosted a dozen teens at his home with an inspiring speaker from the National Federation of the Blind. Noah is also an official ambassador for the blind for ELIYA-USA’s teen division, taking part in workshops that educate teens about misconceptions about the blind/visually impaired and provides hands on community service projects for teens in the Los Angeles area.
Noah’s parents and grandparents are long time board members of Friends of Eliya-USA. His two older brothers, have volunteered as camp counselors during the summer at ELIYA’s center in Petakh Tikvah, Israel. Noah hopes to follow in their footsteps in a couple of years when he is 18.
2013 Ambassador to the Blind
2013 Mitzvah project – Social Media Outreach
Benjamin graduated Hale middle school this past May 2013. He will be a freshman at El Camino Real Magnet High School in fall 2013. This summer he decided to take on a mitzvah project this summer; creating and managing social media content and marketing campaigns for Friends of Eliya – USA with the direction of Eliya-USA’s Director.
With this effort, he hopes to help increase awareness about ELIYA especially with teens through social media. He has also set a fundraising goal of $100 in one month by utilizing free online- crowd founding websites (gofundme.com and jchoice.org) benefiting children of ELIYA. Benjamin is also an official ambassador for the blind for ELIYA-USA’s teen division, taking part in workshops that educate teens about misconceptions about the blind/visually impaired and provides hands on community service projects for teens in the Los Angeles area.
Your Story Can Be Here !
Whether it's by yourself or with a group of your friends, you can create a unique project or event to benefit Friends of ELIYA-USA.
Consider registering for our June 22, 2014 Bike-A-Thon and create a FREE online fundraising site to have people support you as you ride for blind children in Israel.
Sample fundraising account: http://www.gofundme.com/Support-me
Mitzvah Program Partners/Participants
1. Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, CA
2. Temple Kol Tikvah, Woodland Hills, CA
3. Temple Judea, Tarzana, CA
4. University Synagogue, Los Angeles, CA
5. Congregation B’nai Emet, Simi Valley, CA
6. Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, CA
7. Santa Monica Synagogue, Santa Monica, CA
8. Temple Aliya, West Hills, CA
9. BJE - Builders of Jewish Education