About Rael and Mira Glusman's B'nai Mitzvah Project

Our family has always talked about the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.

Ever since we were little, we had a chance to hang out with the Israeli athletes when they came to Atlanta. We have had the chance to spend time with some great people from the ISCD. Moshe Rashkes, the founding director, who introduced the ISCD to our family and opened up his heart and home to our mom when she worked at the ISCD. Boaz, the current director, who our mom knew when they were teenagers and is really nice. Kobi, the Chairman, who is always so kind to us. Reuven, their coach, who is always giving us kisses on the forehead. Most importantly, we have had the chance to spend time with some of the amazing athletes from the center such as Caroline, Asael, Max, Amit and many more. We love hearing their stories and how they have succeeded in their lives so far. They are all great athletes and have inspired us.

A few years ago, the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled had an event in Atlanta. Our family co-chaired this event and we were able to attend. They did a wheelchair basketball event. The athletes did an exhibition and showed us some of their amazing tricks including a half-court shot. They made it look easy! After the exhibition, they had wheelchair basketball stations where we could physically try to play wheelchair basketball. It was a lot harder than they made it look!

At the beginning of the event, we saw three kids who had chosen to donate to the Israel Sport Center for the Disabled as their B’nai Mitzvah Projects. This sparked our interest. After the event, we immediately asked our parents if we can also help in some way. This is how we chose the ISCD as our B’nai Mitzvah Project.

Our great grandparents, Rose and Abe Luski, (Z”L), were very involved with the Sport Center. It was an important place to them. Since their passing about three years ago, we want to continue this tradition of support and friendship, along with our entire extended family. By helping to bring happiness to the lives of children with disabilities and their families, it is a way that our hearts will always remain tied to those we love by carrying on our Bobe Rosa and Zeide’s legacy! The Center is not just about sports, it is about helping people with special needs rebuild their lives. It gives them something to be excited about and helps with their rehabilitation. We are proud to be able to participate in our own way.

For our B’nai Mitzvah project, we would be happy to have you join us in whatever way you wish in supporting The Israel Sport Center for the Disabled.

Thank you so much for your support, Rael and Mira