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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-03-05

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Helping Sderot

Women's basketball tourney
to aid rocket victims.



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March 5 . 2009


group of local women are
encouraging other women
to participate in or to attend
an all-women's basketball tournament
on Monday, March 16, to benefit the
Max and Ruth Schwartz Hesder Yeshiva
emergency campaign to complete con-
struction of rocket-proof dorms on the
Sderot, Israel, campus.
Over the past eight years, 8,000
Palestinian-launched rockets have
landed in Sderot, causing death and
destruction. As a result, Hesder stu-
dents were forced out of their dorms.
Penina Kroll, a 20-
year-old student from
Oak Park, conceived
the basketball tour-
nament after learn-
ing about the grave
situation in Sderot.
Kroll, a graduate of
Penina Kroll
Yeshivas Darchei
Torah in Southfield,
was moved by the
tact that tnese stu-
dents, who provide a
main source of vol-
unteerism within this
terrorized commu-
nity, may be forced to
leave Sderot. In addi-
tion to Torah studies,
these students serve in the Israeli army
and provide programming for children
and the elderly. They are trained to
serve in Magen David Adorn units.
"Many times:' Kroll said, "a Hesder
student is the first one on the scene fol-
lowing a Kassam attack. Hesder truly
serves as a pillar in the community,
helping residents whose lives have been
shattered by continuous rocket attacks.
Without the presence of this yeshivah
in Sderot, this community would fur-
ther suffer."
Kroll, who is pursuing an occupa-

tional therapy career, along with Ariella
Skoczylas (Wrotslaysky), a 21-year-old
student from Southfield, and a dedi-
cated group of volunteers are calling
on the Detroit Jewish community to get
involved in this endeavor.
"We have always been active in other
local Jewish community projects, such
as NCSY, Friendship Circle and Chai
Lifeline, and we have spent time study-
ing and volunteering in Israel. However,
this project will be connecting our
Detroit community with the Sderot
community at a critical time when its
residents need to know they are not
forgotten:' said Skoczylas, a graduate of
Yeshivat Akiva in Southfield.
Rabbi David Fendel, the Hesder's
rosh yeshivah, was highly appreciative
of the Detroit community for under-
taking this initiative.
"Knowing that this event is tak-
ing place gives us strength and lets
us know that we are not alone in this
difficult struggle of survival. I want to
extend to Ms. Kroll and Ms. Skoczylas
and all the basketball participants
and supporters a big yasher koach on
behalf of our entire staff and student
body," he said. II

Dressy Rummage Sale
The Greater Detroit Chapter of
Hadassah is asking for donations to its
third annual "Dressy Rummage Sale'
Needed are gently used women's and
girls' cocktail dresses, suits, party and
prom dresses, dressy coats, beaded
sweaters, shawls and wraps, brides-
maid dresses, furs and handbags and
high-end shoes and jewelry. No wed-
ding dresses. Please use hangers.

Dropoff begins 10 a.m.-1 p.m.,
Sunday, March 8, and continues 8
a.m.-4 p.m. (3:30 on Friday) Monday-
Friday, March 9-13, at the Sarah and
Ralph Davidson Hadassah House, 5030
Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield.
The sale is noon-5 p.m. Sunday,
March 22 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-
Tuesday, March 23-24, at Hadassah
House. (248) 683-5030.

The community can take part
by sponsoring a player for $180
or by attending the game on
Monday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at
Yeshivat Akiva on 12 Mile, west
of Evergreen Road, in Southfield.
$10 at the door. Donations can be
dropped off in marked envelopes
at the following locations: Young
Israel of Oak Park, Yeshivat Akiva
and the West Bloomfield JCC. For
more information e-mail
itpaystoplay@gmail.com , or
visit www.sderot.org .

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