More than three yeas ago, I had the privilege of
speaking to a dynamic mother-daughter duo– Lori and Blake
Rogolsky of Marlboro, N.J. At the young age of 12, Blake undertook the project
of placing Lev LaLev charity boxes (pushkes) in local stores and
businesses and explaining the Home's mission to as many people that would
listen. She was accompanied by her Mom, who drove her all around town. Then,
every couple of weeks, she'd retrieve the charity canisters and gift the Home.
That was her Bat Mitzvah project – where she helped a house-sister, Miri,
celebrate her rite of passage.
Today, at 15 ½, she's a sophomore at Marlboro High
School, the VP of her class student council, and she's still involved
in charity – Lev LaLev is her #1 choice and main thrust. She belongs to
BBYO - Bnei Brith Youth Organization –
the Yad b'Yad chapter, where there are 50 members. Blake tells LLL that their
meetings, once every other week, usually bring between 35 to 45 girls together
at member's homes.
“At the BBYO meetings, there's a stand-up cause”,
Blake explains. Since her long-lasting devotion to the
Children's Home in Netanya has not waned over the years, she continues to find
interesting activities and innovative ways to support the dear girls who so
much look forward to receiving attention and love from their friends all over
the world. And, there's nothing better than connecting with their peers,
Since rainbow rubber band bracelets are he craze
both in the U.S. and Israel, the BBYO group is making wristlets for
the girls as well as crocheting them scarves. They've also collected tubes of
lotions and toiletries, as well.
In our interview with this most articulate young
woman, who's surely destined to be a community person, we asked Blake
what her favorite subjects are, her hobbies, and what she does in her “spare”
time. In her bubbly, yet mature tone, she tells us she loves history, math and
Spanish. Any hobbies, we ask? Blake's retorts by saying - “My “hobby” is
“giving back” to my own local community, and beyond.” LLL can attest to her
tireless dedication to the abandoned and neglected girls at the Lev LaLev Home
in Netanya, where she hopes to visit in the future.
Blake's younger sister, Elexa, who's 11, is also
being primed to be part of the Lev LaLev family,
as she is currently preparing her Bat Mitzvah project. Their parents, Alan and
Lori are more than proud of their girls – just like WE are of ours!