When ICJA parent Sam Gorenstein a”h passed away, his wife, Adele, and children decided to honor his memory with a gift to the Academy. The family dedicated resources to the Acaemy for an Israel scholarship. In addition, they thought Academy students could benefit from an Israel advocacy class and brought the idea to Rabbi Matanky. At the time, many Academy juniors and seniors had joined JUF’s Write On For Israel, but a class exclusive to Academy students, for Academy credit, would have a much wider impact.
“My kids all said that when they were in college they didn’t know how to respond to ‘the other side,'” says Adele. Rabbi Myers, whose breadth of knowledge on history and Israel and whose passion for Israel is unparalleled, was an obvious choice for the instructor. “His enthusiasm and love of Israel has added such an amazing dimension to the class,” says Adele.
Recently, the Gorenstein family had the opportunity to discover the direct impact of their tzedekah dollars at work. Adele writes:
Then she said: “He would never have had the opportunity to go to Israel if he had not gotten your most generous scholarship in memory of your husband.”