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Tali Gross

These people are part of some very special organizations that work hard to bring smiles to those going through a hard time

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

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M rs. Bracha Goetz: Coordinator of the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program in Baltimore, Maryland 

Dr. Neal Goldberg: Founder and executive director of Lev Leytzan 

Mr. Friedman: Director of Bikur Cholim D’Satmar 

Uncle Moishy: World-famous children’s musician and entertainer 


Heroes of Happiness

You might recognize Mrs. Goetz’s name from her many popular children’s books. When she’s not busy writing, she’s hard at work as the coordinator of the Jewish Big Brother Big Sister Program.

Do you have an older person in your life you look up to and enjoy being with? Well, for children who don’t have someone like that or who may be going through a difficult time, the Big Brother Big Sister Program pairs kids between the ages of 7 and 17 with a “Big,” an older boy or girl whose job it is to shower them with attention and pretty much just have fun! These Bigs bring some much-needed smiles into the lives of their beloved “Littles,” through old-fashioned quality time.

What’s your favorite part of the circus? The acrobats? The animals? The clowns? What about therapeutic clowns? Therapeutic clowns are people specially trained to bring comfort and laughter through clowning to those in need. Lev Leytzan, founded and directed by Dr. Neal Goldberg, and based out of Woodmere, New York, is an organization that excels at clowning around. Complete with big, red noses and clowning gear, the Lev Leytzan clowns visit all types of people who need a bit of cheering up. These visits range from hospitals to nursing homes.


While Lev Leytzan is hard at work lifting spirits and taking care of weary hearts, Bikur Cholim D’Satmar is busy filling weary stomachs with delicious home-cooked meals, sending packages of food to hospitals throughout New York for anyone who needs kosher food. Bikur Cholim also works hard at making hospital stays more pleasant for everyone, bringing hope and smiles to what can often be a dark and lonely place.

Last but not least, we can’t forget Uncle Moishy. From CDs to concerts to private performances for children in hospitals or homes, Uncle Moishy travels the world bringing simchah with him wherever he goes. (Excerpted from Mishpacha Jr., Issue 691)


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