More than 200 people attended Generosity Brooklyn, the 5K Run/Walk sponsored by The Generosity Series, including 25 participants from JCCA. The event benefited the young men we serve in our Kesher, which helps at-risk Orthodox young men with a wide range of services from sports and SAT preparation to internships. It also benefited our Two Together Tutoring and Mentoring program for struggling low income students and our Foster Care programs that help reunite families and find permanent, caring homes.

According to Rabbi Ilan Ginian, Director of Kesher, “In addition to the wonderful success of the fundraising, the 5K Run truly motivated our 17 young men who participated. It was uplifting for them to take part in such a large event, to see that they can achieve their goals and to feel the support of all the other runners from JCCA.”

The event reached its goal of raising $12,000. The top fundraiser was Brooke Dumain (pictured), a therapist in JCCA’s Foster Home Services division. She was also the top woman to finish the race. A marathon runner, she said, “In my position as a therapist for children in foster care, I am inspired by the resilience that is displayed by the youth that I serve. Every day these children inspire me to be my best!”

Thanks to everyone who ran from JCCA and to all the contributors!!

Photos (clockwise from top left): Runners from the Kew Gardens Hills Youth Center with program director Rabbir Ilan Ginian; Two Kew Gardens Hills runners cross the finish line; Patricia Baca, Callie Fentress Tripp, Brooke Dumain, and Amy Morgenstern, running for the Foster Care Services; Bonnie Lichtman, director of Two Together Tutoring, welcomes first place women’s runner Brooke Dumain with her first medal of the day.