21 Elul, 5770 / August 31, 2010
Earlier this month, Arthur Anderman, one of two senior directors of the New York-based Gladys and Irving Coopersmith Charitable Trust, together with his wife Carole, their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughters, visited Amigour and the Jewish Agency Ben Yakir Youth Village, projects that he has helped fund.
The Anderman family began its visit on August 17 at the Ben Yakir Youth Village where, courtesy of a donation from the Coopersmith Trust, the synagogue has been refurbished.
The family later toured an air force base and met several soldiers who participate in the Atidim program, which is supported by the trust.
The highlight of the day was the dedication of the renovated social club at the Amigour sheltered housing facility in Kiryat Ono. The ceremony included the affixing of a mezuzah to the door, a ribbon-cutting, and the unveiling of a plaque honoring the donors.
Yuval Frankel, CEO of Amigour, thanked Arthur for his generous contribution to the renovation of the center.
Residents of the facility added their gratitude to the accolades extended by Yuval Frankel, CEO of Amigour: “The Amigour choir brought joy to the donors and to the residents of the Kiryat Ono facility with its songs. Arthur even joined the choir for one number and danced with his granddaughter, who is celebrating her bat mitzva on this trip. Arthur and his family expressed great satisfaction with their contribution to the social club.
The Coopersmith Charitable Trust also contributed to the reinforcement of Amigour facilities in Ashkelon and Ashdod against missile attacks.
On the next day, August 18, Arthur and Carol toured the sheltered housing facilities, and on the final day of their trip they met with Alan Hoffman, CEO of the Jewish Agency, to sum up their wonderful and stirring trip to Israel.
Photo Credit: Leon Levitas