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Local family runs for Chai Lifeline
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Another Long Island runner inspired by children is Rebecca Kirschenbaum, who will be running on the Emunah team, representing the religious women’s Zionist organization. The Plainview resident, who is currently a sophomore at Stern College, spent the past three summers working as a counselor at the Bet Elazraki Children’s Home in Netanya, which is run by Emunah. “They have their own mini-marathon in Israel, and the winner gets to run in Miami,” Kirchenbaum said. “I am very attached to these children and I want to run with them.”
This year, Plaut will be running with her sons Jake and Sammy, with Raquel studying in Israel. Her husband will be cheering with their youngest child Nina, 4, on the sidelines. In preparation for the run, Plaut can be found running nearly 18 miles each week around her neighborhood. “The staff of Chai Lifeline managed to bring joy where there was illness and smiles when he had pain,” Plaut said. “We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for Jake and our family in our time of need.”
Last year, the Plaut family raised nearly $13,000 in their run. To contribute, visit the Team Plaut web page at www.teamlifeline.org/mypage.php?myid=57738

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