Congregation Agudath Israel Third Graders Benefited The Seeing Eye of Morristown with "Bark Mitzvah"
CALDWELL, NJ - Congregation Agudath Israel's (CAI) third-grade girls gathered on Sunday, March 15, to participate in a "Bark Mitzvah." The event, which celebrated the life of Spencer, a 13-year-old Portuguese water dog, invited guests to bring dog food and supplies which were ultimately donated to The Seeing Eye of Morristown.
The Seeing Eye, established in 1927 in Morristown, was the first school of its kind in the world. Thousands of lives have been enhanced through the companionship provided by the dogs which have been specially trained to assist those who have loss of sight.
Educational Director at Agudath Israel Susan Werk led the group in a service honoring Spencer and the participants made dog-themed tzadakah boxes.
Spencer's family members, CAI congregants Erica, Glenn, Zoe and Zack Lieberman, were on hand for the occasion and Zoe and her friend Marlee Perlmutter also participated in the service and educated their friends.
The Seeing Eye receives no government funding and donations are always welcome.
Those interested may donate online here
or mail a check to:
Congregation Agudath Israel
Religious Leader: Rabbi Alan Silverstein, PhD
20 Academy Road
Caldwell, NJ 07006
WEST CALDWELL, NJ - In January, James Caldwell High School Vice Principal John Bertollo will find himself in a warm place for a good cause. Bertollo is presently training to run his first marathon in Orlando, Florida, with the aim of benefiting the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). For years, Bertollo has been running competitively in an array of different races and has competed in several 5Ks, 10Ks, and four half marathons.
"I've run races in New Jersey, New York, Florida,
Make-a-Wish is the well-known philanthropic organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.
This coming year, Bertollo has decided to work to benefit the ASPCA when he competes in the "Dopey Challenge" at Walt Disney World. The January race will be Bertollo's first time taking on a full-scale endeavor. The race, which is named after one of the Seven Dwarves featured in Walt Disney's classic Snow White, is considered challenging because it consists of a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on four consecutive days, totaling 48.6 miles.
All of the funds raised will be given to the ASPCA.
Bertollo has a personal goal he has set for himself to raise $1,200 to donate to the ASPCA. The monies raised will help the ASPCA continue to provide local and national leadership in three key areas:
Anyone interested in making a contribution to Bertollo's team may do so online here.
"As I thought about a cause to run for," detailed Bertollo, "I looked at my
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world. Headquartered in New York City, the ASPCA maintains a strong local presence, and with programs that extend their anti-cruelty mission across the country, they are recognized as a national animal welfare organization. The ASPCA is a privately funded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.