Rochie and Toby Carciente, prepared for their Bat Mitzvah, when Jewish
girls celebrate their 12th birthday, with a special enthusiasm. However,
unlike most of their peers, the twins shared a special excitement, not
about what they would receive, but what they would share with others.
As the time
for the celebration neared,
their parents, Dr. Michoel and Feige Carciente, learnt of Toys for
Hospitalized Children, a program that brings gifts to hospitalized
children and seniors in the tri-state area and beyond.
to use their daughters' milestone birthday celebration as a means of
imparting an important, lifelong lesson: True happiness is that which can
be shared with others.
We want our
Mitzvah to be more than just a party," they told director Rabbi
Shloma L. Abramowitz, "Now is the perfect time for them to learn to
upon Rabbi Dr. Solomon Wulliger, the Jewish Chaplain of the Brooklyn
Developmental Disabilities Service, to allow the twins and their friends
to have a party and give gifts to the developmentally disabled adults in
a very special success," said Rabbi Abramowitz, "The residents
of the home were so overjoyed to share in the girls' celebration. On the
other hand, the magnitude of the response, the joy and gratitude that was
shown by the patients really showed these youngsters the depth and the
impact of their kindness."
with the program made a real life-long, positive impression on our girls
about the signifigance of being on the giving end," said Dr.
Carciente, "It was an inspiration to everyone involved, the whole
family, their friends and classmates."
is an ongoing humanitarian program of NCFJE, which has served hospitalized
children and seniors since 1953. For more information, call Director,
Rabbi Abramowitz @ 718-735-0200.