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Bring the Holiday Spirit to Jewish Children In Hungary


When Federation Board Chair Sammy Schulman, along with his wife Ibby and Gina and Stewart Shull, entered a Jewish Community Center in Budapest, Hungary this past summer they didn’t realize the impact that children playing in a classroom during summer camp would have on them. They were happy, giggling children who looked exactly like our children here in the United States … except their ‘summer camp’ wasn’t on a lush campus with green fields and Olympic size swimming pools. 


There were kids busily going through the Disney VHS tapes, carefully selecting which movie to watch next. Others broke out the American board games such as Monopoly, picking team partners to play against one another. 


“The movies were in English. The games were in English. But children playing is universal,” Sammy, Board Chair of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, said. 


The camp, which is supported by the Jewish Federation of Broward County through our overseas partner the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), had received the movies and games from an organization in Boston. 


“We thought it would be a great idea if we could start a collection here in Broward County,” said Ibby Schulman. “We all have shelves of old games and movies that have collected dust for years as our kids have grown.” 


The Schulmans went on a quest to clean out cabinets and closets in their home, looking for items to donate. Their teenage son, Benjamin, was quickly inspired. As Chair of the Teen Board at the Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman Jewish Family Service of Broward County, he knew that this could be a mitzvah project in which others would want to participate. 


“We are so fortunate here in the United States and South Florida.  We take having these type of things for granted.  I thought it would be great to get the Teen Board of the Goodman JFS involved so we could do our part and help kids who are not as fortunate in Hungary”, said Benjamin Schulman.


So, father and son – both board chairs of Jewish organizations in Broward County – partnered. Each vowing to inspire others at their respective agencies and within the community to join the ‘Drive’ to deliver gifts to children in Hungary this holiday season. They are seeking donations of VHS children movies and board games. Collection boxes are at the following locations: 

•    Jewish Federation of Broward County 
Katz Federation Building ∙ 5890 South Pine Island Road, Davie 
•    Goodman Jewish Family Service in Broward County
100 S Pine Island Rd #230, Plantation


For more information about the ‘Drive’, please e-mail jflansbaum@jewishbroward.org. 
 

 

 

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