On Sunday, June 2, 2019, coinciding with Yom Yerushalayim, over 100 families of the Boston Jewish community joined together to perform an amazing act of kindness.

Yad Leah, a New Jersey-based organization dedicated to clothing the needy in Israel, held a clothing drive at Beth Avraham Synagogue in Brookline. With over 30 distribution centers across Israel, Yad Leah provides an incredible $4 million in clothing each year.

“Boston has not held a clothing drive like this since my family moved here 10 years ago,” said David H. Rosmarin, one of the lead volunteers from this past Sunday.

“I guess people were saving up their clothing, as we collected 200 bags containing 6,000 items of clothing, shoes, towels and linens,” added Yosef Kosofsky, another lead volunteer.

Volunteers are always at the heart of a clothing drive, and the Brookline event was no different. Eight cheerful students from Bais Yaakov of Boston and Torah Academy happily assisted with transporting clothing from donors’ cars to sorting tables, and then organizing items into bags. At the end of the day, collected items were sent by truck to the Yad Leah warehouse in New Jersey. There, they will be further sorted, packaged into freight containers and sent to Israel by boat, together with items collected from all over North America.

Yad Leah and the volunteer organizers are grateful to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for spreading the word about this event and helping to make it such a success. As one donor put it, “This is great! I got to clean out my closet and help people in need!”

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