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Way to Go!: Brookville teen receives $36G award

September 14, 2018
By Newsday


By Michael R.
Updated September 14, 2018 11:57 AM
Sara Blau, a senior at Schechter School of Long Island
in Williston Park, is one of 15 Jewish teens nationwide
to receive the 2018 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award
from the Helen Diller Family Foundation.
Photo Credit: Chris Shaw

A Brookville teenager who started a nonprofit that provides sports equipment to disadvantaged youths has received a $36,000 award for her leadership and commitment to social good.

Sara Blau, 17, a senior at Schechter School of Long Island's Upper School in Williston Park, is one of 15 Jewish teens nationwide to receive the 2018 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award from the Helen Diller Family Foundation.

The nonprofit, launched two years ago and titled Game Changers New York, has distributed more than 5,500 pieces of sports equipment to 15 partner organizations in three countries. To acquire the equipment, Blau placed collection bins in local schools and synagogues. Volunteers helped organize the items in the nonprofit’s warehouse.

“I’ve always been a very athletic kid, and I wanted to give other children the same opportunities I had,” Blau said. Of the award, she said: “It’s an incredible honor to have.” 

Her other achievements include being a member of the UJA-Federation of New York’s Philanthropic Advisory Council for Teens and involvement in the Jewish Teen Funders Network’s Youth Ambassador Council. She also has received the UJA-Federation’s Light of the Future Award and a gold medal for receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Blau is president of the Schechter School’s Girls Learn International chapter, editor of the school’s newspaper and secretary of the Student Athletic Association. 

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LI students join worldwide rallies for Florida survivors, gun control

March 24, 2018
By Newsday

Numerous events were held across the Island as protesters seek stricter laws and demand legislative action.

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Thousands of Long Islanders, including children, grandparents, educators and religious leaders, came out on Saturday to speak their minds about gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shootings. Newsday visited rallies from Huntington to Port Jefferson to Long Beach and Farmingdale to capture what they had to say. (Credit: Newsday / Raychel Brightman / Megan Miller and Ed Betz and Randee Daddona)

Thousands of protesters, some toddlers and grandparents, others educators and religious leaders, filled the streets from Port Jefferson Station to Port Washington on Saturday to amplify a single message — a demand for stiffer gun control legislation.

Students spearheaded March for Our Lives events in a show of unity with Parkland, Florida, school survivors and support their call for stricter gun control. The main rally was held in Washington, D.C., and spawned more than 800 satellite events across the globe just weeks after the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 14 students and three teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

School safety was a common refrain among protesters and elected officials.

“Today, thousands of students across the country have come together to speak up and demand action so they no longer must fear for their safety,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said in a news release. “Our young people have become courageous leaders who have inspired a nation, and their voices must be heard.”

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas said she has teenage twins and when she sends them to school, “I pray that today’s not the day.”

Sara Blau, a student at Schechter School of Long Island in Jericho, attended the rally at Farmingdale State College and told the audience, “We care about the safety of our friends and classmates, whose lives are in danger.”

Rallies were also held in Great Neck, Long Beach, Cedarhurst, Old Westbury and at Stony Brook University. Click here to continue reading.

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Breaking (unleavened) Bread

April 20, 2016
By SSLI Communications

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Private Schools Welcome NY Aid

April 03, 2016
By SSLI Communications

Schechter quoted in yesterday's Newsday article regarding: state budget for non-public schools

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Newsday - Passover Food for Kosher Pantry

March 25, 2015
By SSLI Communications

Passover Food for Kosher Pantry


Middle school students and supermarket employees joined together Tuesday to ready 1,000 pounds of kosher Passover food for donation to a food pantry whose manager said the goods will help Jewish people who cannot afford the traditional holiday fare.

Matzo, grape juice, gefilte fish, farfel and Passover cookies were among $13,000 worth of items that The Stop & Stop Supermarket Co. and students from private Jewish and Lutheran schools assembled for the Alix Rubinger Kosher Food Pantry in Massapequa.

The donation is "greatly appreciated and it's greatly needed," said Iris Astrof, head of the all-volunteer organization run by Congregation Beth-El, also in Massapequa. "We've seen more people come to our pantry than ever before. Even though the economy may be improving generally, for these people it hasn't improved."

Rabbi Anchelle Perl of the Chabad of Mineola noted that the event, held at a Stop & Shop in Carle Place, "highlights the hidden need of food assistance within Nassau County's Jewish community."

Passover, which starts April 3 at sundown, is a weeklong commemoration of the Jews' historic exodus from slavery in Egypt 3,300 years ago. Many Jews mark the major holiday with ritual-laden seders, festive dinners that generally take place the first and second nights of Passover.

It was the largest Passover donation that Shop & Stop has made in its New York Metro District, which includes New Jersey and southern Connecticut, said Arlene Putterman, director of community and public relations for the supermarket chain. Last year, the company donated $5,000 worth of kosher Passover food through one of its Queens stores.

"Today is about giving back," Putterman said.

The Massapequa food panty is supported especially by the Schechter School of Long Island, a Jewish day school with campuses in Williston Park and Jericho, and the Merrick Jewish Centre, Astrof said.

Students from Schechter and Long Island Lutheran Middle and High School, in Brookville, brought nonperishable kosher goods to add to the supermarket's donation.

"Giving to people who are in poverty is a good deed because they don't have anything and they should have something to celebrate Passover with," said Gillian Leeds, 11, of West Hempstead, a Schechter sixth-grader who brought a matzo ball mix.

Sirena Winakor, 14, of Mill Neck, said members of Lutheran Middle School's Peace Group participated partly to show that people of all faiths can help one another.

"I love that we are coming together, and I love that I'm helping all the Jewish people," she said.

Legis. Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow), presiding officer of the Nassau legislature, said, "Hunger is a problem no matter what community you live in, and it's a problem year-round."

Using a Hebrew word for a good deed, she said, "We are doing a mitzvah today."

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