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It’s not every day that parents with two small children who are touring Israel on a family vacation take the time out to visit a Children’s Home all the way in Netanya. But, this young family is quite unique.

Friends of the Rubin-Zeffren Children’s Home and the Lev LaLev Fund for five years now, Avi and Sara Pultman of Riverdale, New York already visited our girls twice in the past few years – not an easy feat with little ones in tow. Their daughter Jenna is five and Allison is a two year old.

Always interested in their donors’ motivation, LLL, asked Mr. Pultman about his devoted involvement with the Home. He told us that he wanted to instill in his daughters, beginning from their early childhood,  not to take what they have for granted. He believes that through introducing his children to acts of charity and kindness to the less fortunate, they would eventually internalize these lofty principles and adhere to them throughout their lifetime.

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When the Pultman family recently visited the Home, like caring guests, they did not arrive empty handed. They came bearing gifts for our girls – Lego block sets and other fun and educational toys. After they left, the Home’s Program Director, Bracha Runes, distributed the goodies to the girls, who received them with great joy.

More about the Pultmans:

Jenna is a kindergartner at a local Riverdale Hebrew day school. Allison is still at home with her mom. The family is a member of the Riverdale Jewish Center. Avi and Sara Pultman are married for eight years.

A great quote from Avi Pultman:

“Walking the halls of the Home and meeting some of the girls, the positive impact that Lev La Lev has on these children and young women is profoundly obvious. My wife and I are truly grateful that we are able to be a part of such a special organization.”

Thanks to friends like the Pultmans, the girls at the Home are truly blessed.

-Chava Yelloz

Lev LaLev ‘Inside our Home’ e-newsletter editor

 
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Sarina (middle) at the Gala
Sheena,

It was so nice meeting you in person on such a happy and emotional day!

I want to thank you and Bracha for giving us such a beautiful opportunity to celebrate the girls Bat Mitzva. It was so emotional for me and for Sarina to be there. We felt so connected to the girls. Sarina felt like they were all her sisters and I felt like they were all my daughters. Watching the video [made by the girls at the Home] for both times at the beginning and the end brought tears to my eyes. 


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Sarina (far left) standing with all the other Bat Mitzvah ladies
Driving back from Bat Mitzva we couldn't stop talking about how well everything was organized and planned from the hall, tables arrangements, girls dresses and hairstyles. I can't describe our joy for those girls. From the moment when we first found out about the girls we felt connected to them, but celebrating  their Bat Mitzva together brought us even closer to the girls.

Thank you again for giving us such a great opportunity of being part of girl's lives. 

Lana Hilowitz


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Sheena with Lana and her daughters (left) at the Gala. Bracha, Director of the Home, stands far right.
 
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Name: Naomie Ryba 
Town: Teaneck, NJ
Bat Mitzvah Date: December 16, 2012
Mitzvah Project: Making bracelets for the girls at the Children’s Home in Netanya.

Tell us a little about yourself: I am very much into fashion! I have 4 siblings, but I am the oldest. I also love ice skating, basketball, and reading.

How did you decide to take on this particular project for Lev LaLev? I went on the internet with my mom and we found Lev LaLev using google!

What was the most meaningful part of doing this Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah? It was when I saw how much money my family and friends gave to help the girls in Israel!

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Please share any details or fond memories of your Mitzvah Project and Bat Mitzvah. Everybody enjoyed making the bracelets. It was so much fun! 

What are your plans for the future, i.e. life after Bat Mitzvah? To become a true bat mitzvah!

Please share your advice for a girl looking into doing a Mitzvah Project for her Bat Mitzvah. Lev LaLev is amazing, and it is so meaningful to have shared my bat mitzvah with these girls from Israel!