29 Jun

Tonight completes a vision of a project thought up close to a year ago. We had a vision of starting a chess charity and merging the mitzvah project between Phoenix and our destination bar mitzvah in Israel. After the Tempe sister cities run, Bennett looked up who our Phoenix sister cities was and found out we were connected to Ramat Gan, Israel. We did a lot of research and found the Etude chess club of Ramat Gan and started corresponding with FIDE master Dan Drori. Tonight, we went to Etude as they hosted a blitz tournament welcoming Bennett. It was so cute, the kids were saying in Hebrew, “who is the American.” Bennett said a few words at the start. It got translated with applause! So amazing! David and Bennett are there still playing he will present the check for $1000 at the end of the tournament. Soooo nice! The remainder of the money raised is going to pay for the chess club at the UMOM homeless shelter for families. We have 20 kids coming regularly to the club. How wonderful it is to see your son smile and be proud of his good deeds. 20140629-224125-81685240.jpg20140629-224124-81684900.jpg




Posted by on June 29, 2014 in Bar mitzvah, Travel, Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Mitzvah

  1. Susan Trump

    June 29, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Amazing! You and David are incredible role models! Enjoy!

  2. chessmusings

    June 29, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    Reblogged this on Chess Musings and commented:
    A chess Mitzvah project produces money for a great cause and creates new friendships. Great Work!

  3. Elissa

    June 29, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    I’m inclined to write a comment overflowing with adjectives of admiration & then some however I’m going to reel it in & just say…

    How utterly awesome!!! You must be so proud. Kvell away, you deserve it!!!

  4. Brittany Parker

    July 2, 2014 at 4:45 am

    Just melt my heart 10x over!!! You’re amazing Bennett!!!


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