Chabad of Sherman Oaks has found success with a new program. With the number of children in the community constantly growing, there was a need to increase synagogue funds for a myriad of kid’s events. The exciting fundraiser was conceived by the shul’s Rabbi and Rebbetzin Teitelbaum and a Chinese auction was held. It took four months of detailed preparation but the first annual fundraiser to support children’s programs was launched on December 7th.
The evening was a vibrant affair with more than 200 attendees and a meaningful numbers of tickets being sold. Prizes were allocated by price bracket. The selection of prizes included $150 gift cards to Bloomingdales, gift card to Starbucks, kids jewelry, an American Girl doll, Teeth Whitening, a three string Pearl necklace, a Chef catered evening in your home, an Ipad Air 2, a vacation to Hawaii and an Imac computer.
Tickets were sold on the website that was launched for the event and more tickets were purchased on the evening. Rabbi Weiss introduced the evening with appreciation for the supporters and explaining, “An investment in Jewish education is eternal.”
Before the winner’s tickets were hand-picked from a last glass urn, the crowd were entertained by the cheerful singing of the Chabad Hebrew School Choir provided by the synagogue’s popular Hebrew school, which registers more than 100 kids each year. This was followed by an action-packed video that showed the myriad of happenings at the synagogue. For the haggim, gym teachers have set up a kid friendly exercise class, there have been puppet shows, carnivals, guitar teachers and more.
With enthusiasm mounting for the top prize, long-time comedian Mark Schiff came onto the stage and delivered a smooth and hilarious routine which was witty and oh-so-polished. Then the winners were announced including the mother of Rebbetzin Chanie Teitelbaum. She was the first person to support the event, buying a ticket online from her home in Argentina. The grandparents of a Hebrew school student were winners and a teacher from the Hebrew School was thrilled to win a top prize.
Rebbetzin Shternie Lipskier was satisfied with the numbers, explaining, “It takes so much effort and creativity to start a new program like this one, but every year it will be easier to put together and we are lucky to have a supportive community who were happy to support the shul. Now we can provide more activities for our Jewish kids and that makes everything worthwhile.”