Akiva students tap into
Detroit Jewry's generosity
to aid Israeli families.
hile in Israel for her son's
weddina0 , Shulamit Tsaidi
noticed a backyard filled with
boxes at the home of her sister. Boxes
were everywhere, all sizes, all shapes, all
empty. "What are these?" Tsaidi asked.
They were for a neighbor, her sister
explained. The man was collecting food
and clothina b to give to less-fortunate
families at Rosh Hashanah.
The items would be donated to fami-
lies at his children's school, where he
estimated that at least 50 percent of the
students were in need.
It took just seconds for Tsaidi to
make a connection. Families in need —
families at Akiva. "I thought, 'What if
we were to do somethina b like this in
our school?'" Tsaidi said.
Thus the Kol Yisrael Achim (All Jews
Are Brothers) program was born. For
the past few weeks, children at Yeshivat
Akiva in Southfield have donated goods
to be sent to Israel. Items will be given
to the Biton family — a widow and her
four children (including a 1 1/2-year-
old baby), and the Bentzi family — an
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