The eleventh graders who participated in the Chessed Mission to New Orleans where they worked for Habitat for Humanity and interactted with the local Jewish community returned to school Yesterday morning. We received this beautiful letterfrom the Shul in New Orleans:
Dear Rabbi Mark Staum, Mr. Aaron Keigher, the administration of The Frisch School, and Rabbi Ethan Katz of NJ NCSY,
On behalf of Congregation Beth Israel, I wanted to thank you for bringing such a wonderful, mature group of students to visit our community. We host many different groups every month, but found our experience with your students to be exceptional. Their eager participation in Tefillah and the Seudot enhanced Shabbat for everyone. We hope in some small way that they too were inspired with their visit to our resurging community.
The students clearly feel a special warmth towards their school, which is so admirable, and speaks volumes about the program at the Frisch School. We were also all taken by their respect and connection with their advisors. On a personal level, it was a pleasure to share Shabbat with them all, and we welcome them and another group at any time.
May you all continue to find nachas from your good work.
Chag Kasher ViSameach,
Rabbi Uri Topolosky