Tani Klein and Ari Feinstein may live worlds apart, but they are of one mind. As their Bar Mitzvahs approached, both of these exceptional young men decided to take on Jewish adulthood by giving back to those in need, specifically making a difference in the lives of ADI’s amazing residents.
With the understanding that “we can all change the world if we focus on one child at a time,” Tani, a resident of Bet Shemesh, Israel, ran a fundraising campaign focused on purchasing a specialized electric wheelchair for an ADI resident named Leah Rachel, who lives at ADI’s rehabilitative and residential center in Jerusalem.
“Leah Rachel has finally been rehabilitated to the point that she can start learning how to control her own wheelchair, and I would love to see that happen,” explained Tani on his campaign page. “For my Bar Mitzvah, I want to give Leah Rachel the gift of mobility and independence by buying her the wheelchair she needs.”
Ari, a native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, was blown away by the level of care provided by ADI to its 750+ residents, and wanted to contribute to the various therapies and services that help them develop and grow.
“Whether its hydrotherapy, computer aided communication tools, clown therapy, pet therapy, supervised staff assisted outings, or assisted home visits, all of the activities and services provided by ADI support one overriding goal: allowing ADI’s residents to reach their potentials and engage with the world in ways that are enjoyable and meaningful to them,” said Ari on his own campaign page. “ADI has attracted wide acclaim and is a very worthy organization. I am happy to support their efforts for my Bar Mitzvah.”
Thanks to friends and family members, the two young “Mitzvah Men” are well on their way to raising a combined $10,000 for ADI! Leah Rachel is sure to receive the wheelchair she so desperately needs, and tens of children will benefit from ongoing therapies at ADI centers across the country. This experience has provided Tani and Ari with a profound understanding of the responsibilities that Jewish adulthood entails, and they are both committed to keeping the ideals of unity, charity and selflessness front and center in their lives.