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14 September 2017

Six teenage girls who have helped at Kisharon every week for a year are an amazing example of youth volunteering.

The girls, Tali Harris, Shira Leigh, Chani Neufeld, Leah Fine, Leah Hamer and Aliza Adler all in Year 10 at Menorah High School, spend Shabbat afternoons with Sabrina Leigh (no relation) and Talya Jacobson at Lionel Leighton Court.

Together the girls talk and play games, and during the holidays were with Sabrina and Talya again to do arts and crafts and bake challot.

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Tali said: “Sabrina and Talya are fun to spend time with. This has opened up new opportunities for us all. It’s not alarming to spend time with people who have learning disabilities. We have all learned a great deal.”

The friends started volunteering when Aliza Adler’s grandfather Danny Grunfeld, organiser of the annual melava malka for Kisharon at Munks Shul in Golders Green, asked her to help at the event. There, she met Kisharon Volunteer Coordinator Lara Domjan who said Sabrina and Talya needed company on Shabbat afternoons.

Aliza said: “Helping others and having fun is a good way to spend Shabbat.”

Lara said: “Tali and the girls show incredible maturity and commitment. They are an amazing example of youth volunteering.”


PHOTO: From left: Aliza Adler, Leah Fine, Talya Jacobson, Leah Hamer, Chani Neufeld and Shira Leigh. Tali and Sabrina are not pictured.

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