A Young Man’s Bar Mitzvah Gift Sends Disabled Teen on NCSY Program to Israel

December 14, 2007

Photo Caption: A YOUNG MAN’S BAR MITZVAH BECOMES AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF TWO OU PROGRAMS, TO SEND A DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED TEEN FROM YACHAD ON AN NCSY SUMMER PROGRAM TO ISRAEL

When Jacob Zvi Neumark became Bar Mitzvah earlier this month at Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, he was not interested in enriching his bank account with gifts. Rather, he was interested in doing good works. As a result, he and his parents, Susan and Avery Neumark, made a special contribution to the Edward M. Adler Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in memory of Jacob’s uncle by the OU‘s NCSY youth program, an organization that Mr. Adler generously supported. Jacob also asked his guests to make a contribution to the Fund.

The proceeds will be used to enable a teenager with disabilities – a participant in the OU’s Yachad program for the learning and developmentally disabled – to attend an NCSY summer program in Israel. Thus, two of the OU’s significant programs for youth — NCSY and Yachad — combine their efforts, with a big assist from the Neumark family.

A new Ben Zakkai Scholarship will be announced as NCSY’s Ben Zakkai Honor Society for alumni will hold its Twelfth Annual Scholarship Reception on Sunday, January 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center, in East Rutherford, NJ. Avery Neumark is a former Chair of BZHS

In the photo taken at the Sunday reception at Shearith Israel, specially invited guest and featured speaker Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, OU Executive Vice President (right), congratulates Jacob, as Avery Neumark looks on.

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