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1. Chaya Alexandra Kestenbaum cousin of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Pick,  is currently a patient at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Her treatment will require regular blood and platelet transfusions.

If you are able - please set up a time to donate blood or platelets designated for Chaya Alexandra Kestenbaum at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Blood Donor Center. Donations not used by Chaya Alexandra will be released for use by other patients many of whom are also children. Chaya Alexandra Kestenbaum at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Blood Donor Center. Donations not used by Chaya Alexandra will be released for use by other patients many of whom are also children. Please see here for more information on how to donate.

2. Yossi Mazurek (Yosef Bezalel Ben Rut) son of Mr. and Mrs. Nachman Mazurek, is currently receiving treatment for cancer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. Family and friends are coordinating a platelet and blood drive on Yossi's behalf. Please see here for more information and to donate.

3. The social service agency DOROT partners with KJ to provide Shabbat meals and the gift of companionship to frail older people living at home, where they often remain alone and isolated. A weekly visit from a compassionate volunteer can make all the difference in helping an Upper East or West Side senior feel cared about and reconnected. Please contact Linda Libow at to learn more about this wonderful volunteer opportunity that will help bring Shabbat joy and meaning to our elders living in the community. 

4. The KJ Mitzvah Toy Fund encourages children to donate one or more holiday or birthday gifts to children in need. Unwrapped gifts may be dropped off at the KJ Synagogue office at the Ramaz Lower School, 125 East 85 Street, 2nd floor. Write the child's name, grade and address on the Toy Fund log in the office to ensure that the child receives a special acknowledgment of his or her mitzvah. Contact Joanna Kleinhaus with questions.

5. KJ BIKUR CHOLIM: "THE CURE TO WHAT AILS YOU IS TO HELP CURE WHAT AILS OTHERS" - KJ Bikur Cholim is looking for volunteers! Positions exist on Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, located at York Avenue and 68 Street. There is an orientation process that takes some time, but once completed, anyone who decides to become a Bikur Cholim volunteer will realize that it is but a small investment that will reap many rewards. Aside from providing an opportunity to imitate God's own compassion, the inescapable fact about performing Bikur Cholim is that whatever benefit is bestowed on the one being visited, it is far outweighed by the benefit received by the volunteer. For more information about volunteering, please contact KJ Administrator Riva Alper at riva@CKJ.org.
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