Sharing Strength and Saving a Life
In case you missed it this weekend, I thought this wonderful story from Sunday’s Boston Globe was worth sharing. It’s about crossing boundaries—physical and geopolitical—to save the life of a Palestinian child.
CJP and generous members of our community played a vital role. Six year-old Yahya desperately needed the specialized medical care available at Boston’s Children’s Hospital—yet his family couldn’t begin to cover the cost. When his doctors approached us for help with fundraising, our team went to work. Within two days, we were able to confirm that three philanthropic local donors would give a combined total of $125,000 to save this child’s life. I’m so proud of our community, and so proud that CJP is an organization that anyone can turn to in a time of need.
With this generous support and with the expertise of physicians and surgeons in Boston, Yahya received a kidney transplant from his father and today is home.
This story is remarkable in so many ways. It reminds us that the Jewish value of saving a life is paramount in our faith; that our community knows no bounds in its commitment to caring for those in need; and that Yahya, who now has a new kidney and new hope, might have grown up in a world of conflict, but “has grown up in a world where strangers are universally kind, where borders are virtually meaningless, where people go to heroic measures because they can.”
For Yahya, his new life has begun with help from our community.
“And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” – Mishnah Sanhedren.
I encourage you to share this story with your friends and networks.