My name is Ben Siwak. In honor of my bar mitzvah, I chose to do a mitzvah project. “Mitzvah” means “good deed” in Hebrew. Two of my favorite things are sports and Israel. I have always felt badly for children with disabilities that can’t play sports like I can. So, for my mitzvah project, I chose to help the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, which combines all of these that are important to me.
When I was in Israel this summer, I went to the ISCD to see how they help children with disabilities play sports. I even played wheelchair basketball and ping-pong with some kids there. I also watched some kids play tennis and swim. It is a really cool place! The kids that I played with love sports just like I do, so it made me feel good to help them.
The director of the program told me that they need more sports wheelchairs, but they are very expensive. They cost $2500 each. I want to help the ISCD get more so that more kids with disabilities can enjoy playing sports. My goal is to raise $10,000 to pay for four new sports wheelchairs. I hope that my family and friends can help me reach my goal. I am donating some of my bar mitzvah money to help too.
Thank you for supporting my mitzvah project!