Exclusive Interview with Michelle (the Mom)
and Jennifer (the daughter) Blum by 'Inside Our Home' editor,
As I've written in the past,
mothers and daughters are always dynamic duos –
getting tremendous jobs done, giving of themselves and helping those less
fortunate. Without a question, Michelle Blum, a mother of 4 from Houston,
researched on line and found Lev LaLev on the 'mitzvah market' site. Michelle
told us, “I was so impressed and thought this is a worthwhile cause.” She then
decided to recommend our Home to her daughter Jennifer's classmates as their
joint bat mitzvah project.
Jennifer, now 13, and 7 of her
classmates chose a bake sale as their fundraising venture to help the abandoned, abused and neglected girls at the Lev
LaLev Home in Netanya. The project progressed from the initial concept to
sending out e-mails to not only peers and colleagues from the Emery/Weiner
School, an independent Jewish preparatory school that serves grades 6 through
12, but to an extended group of contacts. Posters were created after the girls
watched a touching video on the Lev LaLev website that inspired their efforts.
They also posted their project on their Facebook pages.
L-R: Sydney Selzer, Sararose Fox, Jennifer Blum, Stephanie Gold, Callie Caress, Francesca Romero
Michelle Blum went to the
manager of her local Houston Kroger Market and asked
if the girls could sell their home baked goods in the store's environs. The
manager was supportive of the endeavor and allowed them to use the grocery
store's foyer to set up their sales. And, because the Bake Sale was conducted
during the winter holiday season, Michelle explained that people were generally
in a festive mood and many contributed quite generously. A jar was set up on
the table for donations, we were told, and some donors took cookies and
contributed, while others offered goodly sums without even taking a chocolate
chip cookie, brownie or lemon square.
Parents are always proud of
their kids who engage in good deeds, but
Michelle said, “I'm very ecstatic that Jennifer and her friends helped girls in
Israel who are their same age.” She continued by telling us that their hard
work on behalf of Lev LaLev made them “...feel good about themselves.” This
enthusiastic mom was thrilled to know that because of projects like the one the
girls were participating in, kids at the Home in Israel had the opportunity of receiving
new dresses, shoes, accessories, having photos taken and most of all, enjoying
their very own Bat Mitzvah celebration.
Jennifer is the second of four
siblings in the Blum family. Her older brother Jonathan is 14, her younger brother Joshua is
10, and her little sister Jordan is 8. Her hobbies, she interjects during my
interview with her mom, are volleyball, art and like most girls, shopping!!!
Her favorite subject is history.
We are so pleased and satisfied
with Jennifer, her mother Michelle, and the
other benevolent girls and their moms, who took their precious spare time and
baked and sold goodies to benefit the girls in the Lev LaLev Children's Home –
ensuring a beautiful “rite of passage” experience like their American sisters
in Houston. Kol ha Kavod, all the honors, to Jennifer and the other girls from the
Emery/Weiner School – Todah Rabbah from all our hearts!
To help the
needy girls in Netanya celebrate their Bat Mitzvahs – DONATE NOW!