I’m super excited that I will be running in the Jerusalem Marathon this March in the 10K. You might remember that I’m not such a big runner but there are a few reasons why I made the decision to run this year. First is the organization that I will be running to support: Shalva. Shalva is an Israeli non-profit that supports and empowers individuals with disabilities and their families. They offer programs to around 2000 infants, children, and youth in Israel, including therapies, educational frameworks, recreational programs, vocational training, respite care, and family support. I feel honored to be able to support this important organization with my run. The money you choose to donate will help Shalva run their programs that provide critical services to so many people.
Another reason why I’m choosing to run this year is because in my senior year of high school, I’ve been thinking a lot about the future. I’m seriously considering going to a Hesder program for Yeshiva which would mean that I would split five years between learning in Yeshiva and serving in the IDF. Like I mentioned earlier, I have not been great historically at incorporating exercise into my schedule, but preparing for the 10K has already given me lots of motivation. I’ve started jogging in the morning almost every day each week, and besides preparing me for the run, it is also beginning to get me in the right shape for the IDF if I end up making that choice. Continuing to prepare for the 10K will hopefully drive my progress further to make Hesder a more viable option and give me the opportunity to protect the Jewish homeland.
The people who will be joining me on this run are another reason I’m choosing to embark on this endeavor. My school will be sending a whole team this year so I will have the chance to run with lots of friends from home. I will also hopefully have the chance to run with my sisters, who are spending their year in Israel now. It will likely be only the second time I get to see them this year so I’m very eager to visit and spend some time together.
Lastly, the experience of the run itself is sure to be unforgettable. The course of the 10K goes through the Old City of Jerusalem and from what I’ve heard, the run is quite breathtaking. If you make the choice to help support my run, I will make sure to update you on how it goes. Expect pictures!
I would really appreciate it if you could donate to help support my run and the amazing programs that Shalva organizes. Thank you!