Every Cookie Counts
Young bakers raise funds for
Superstorm Sandy victims.
Shelli Liebman Dorfman
alya and Adina Berger took
their direct connection to
those affected by Superstorm
Sandy, coupled it with a school proj-
ect to collect donations and created a
bake sale to raise funds to help sup-
port relief efforts.
"The girls had been asking for a
while to sell something on our lawn,
like a lemonade stand in the summer;
said their mom Laura. "We talked to
them about how much more meaning-
ful it would be to raise money for tze-
dakah and that people would be more
likely to buy if they knew the proceeds
were for a charitable cause. We talked
about giving tzedakah to Jewish versus
non-Jewish people and how both are
They also talked about Superstorm
"The effects of the storm were real to
them because my sister, her husband
and their 20-month-old son live in
Manhattan at 39th Street on the East
Side Berger said. "Talya and Adina
were relieved to know that their aunt,
uncle and cousin just escaped losing
power because they were just on the
edge of a different power grid:"
The bake sale took
place Nov. 9 in front
of the Bergers' West
Bloomfield home, with a
little help from the girls'
parents, whose assign-
Adina and Talya Berger display their bake sale sign.
ments included contact-
ing some prospective
Shoppers came by during the late
afternoon sale, many commenting on
The girls helped bake brownies
the determination of the young mer-
and chocolate chip cookies to sell and
created a small art gallery of work to
"In general, they expressed admira-
display. Talya came up with the idea to
tion for the girls' efforts, and happiness
offer to put braids and beads in the hair at being able to help a good cause —
and enjoy a yummy treat:' Laura said.
"We made lawn signs that said 'Bake
The girls aren't sure exactly how the
Sale for Sandy Relief:" Talya said.
funds will be used by the recipients, but
"They were really helpful in set-
Talya said, "I think they will buy new
ting up and cleaning up the items and
homes with the money"
displays:' Laura said. "They were great
Adina agreed, adding, "I feel good to
about attracting customers, too; they
give tzedakah because it helps people'
were at the curb waving their arms at
Talya said, "I feel good about what I
passing cars and walkers:'
did because I raised the money with my
Talya, 7, and Adina, 5, raised $90, all
of which was taken to Hillel Day School
Their mom said, "We are so proud of
of Metropolitan Detroit, where they
our girls for putting the Jewish values
are students and their father, Rabbi
they learn at Hillel and at home into
Jonathan Berger, is rabbi in residence.
action. We all had fun working together
Their donation was added to funds col- to make their idea happen. It was won-
lected by classmates to be contributed
derful to watch as they counted the
to the New York Jewish Federation for
profits and realized their success would
disbursement to those affected by the
make a difference in the life of someone
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