Congregation Beth Sholom of Lawrence formed a team for the first time to run the Miami Marathon on January 25, 2016. As a part of Team Lifeline, Team Beth Sholom aimed to get the community involved in helping children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses spend two weeks this summer at Camp Simcha and Camp Simcha Special.
Team Beth Sholom was captained by Tova Plaut, an eight-year veteran running for Team Lifeline. Tova was joined by four other Beth Sholom members for the run, rabbinic intern Elliot Schrier, David Abrahams, Jake Plaut, and Sam Plaut. This amazing team collectively raised over $20,000 for Chai Lifeline; they hope to continue running for this great organization and to recruit fellow congregants to run for the kids of Chai Lifeline.
“I’m proud to give back and I’m running for all my friends at Camp Simcha,” said Jake Plaut. At Camp Simcha, 400 seriously ill children are treated to unforgettable, medically supervised overnight camp experiences on a spacious, modern upstate camp grounds. Team Beth Sholom’s fundraising will help these children have a summer filled with fun, friendship, and hope for the future.
Each participant is making a difference in the life of a sick child and their family. “Every member of Team Beth Sholom showed incredible dedication by running the distance for these kids. I’m inspired by every one of my teammates,” remarked Tova Plaut after skipping over the finish line with her sons Jake and Sam.
“I’m exhausted but it feels great to be a part of this each year,” added Sam Plaut, running for his sixth year in a row.
Participants train for several weeks to prepare for the marathon, and crossing that finish line is incredibly rewarding. “Team Lifeline offers individuals the opportunity to reach a personal goal, while helping make a seriously ill child smile,” Rabbi Elliot Schrier said.
Team Lifeline participates in four amazing races each year, including the Miami Marathon, Las Vegas Marathon, NYC Marathon, and Lake Tahoe Bike Ride.