Hello everyone, I am Lilly Luftig. I'm a senior at Mesorah High School in Dallas, where I'm serving as newspaper and yearbook editor. I'm also a National Merit semifinalist, proud daughter of Suzanne and Jeff Luftig, and sister of Shira Luftig.
I am so excited to participate in Jewish National Fund's 'Plant Your Way to Israel! Through this innovative program which is part of JNF's Israel continuum of educational programming, I will be raising funds to support JNF's critical efforts helping individuals with special needs, while funding my own Jewish learning in Israel.
JNF's important special needs initiatives include the ALEH Negev group home, which offers state-of-the-art rehabilitative services; Special in Uniform, which helps young adults of a diverse range of abilities to integrate into society; and Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, which provides many, with access to beneficial therapeutic horseback riding lessons that they would otherwise be unable to afford. To learn more about these programs, please click here.
I am fundraising in honor of Shayna Krengel, an adorable, smiley, and awesome four-year-old girl in my community who has Rett Syndrome, which leaves her unable to walk or talk. For the last two years, I've been volunteering at the Krengel's home, interacting, dancing, and playing with Shayna. Whenever I am privileged to be with Shayna, she lights up my life with her laughter. My interactions with Shayna inspired me to raise money to help people who have special needs and it set my career direction to use my passion for computer programming to help others.
The 'Plant Your Way' program is simple and powerful: I raise funds for JNF, and as a beautiful thank you, JNF will award me a grant for an Israel trip, valued at 50% of the amount I raise. This grant will enable me to further my Jewish learning with a year of study in Israel.
Please join me in support of JNF's life-changing work and help me reach my fundraising goal of $7200 and my life goal of studying in Israel and being a learned Jewish woman.
Toda Rabbah, Lilly
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