Above, board members Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Mr. Richard Altabe, Mr. Yehuda Klinkowitz, Mr. Eliezer Fuld, and host Mr. Danny Gerber
Above, board members Dr. Norman Blumenthal, Mr. Richard Altabe, Mr. Yehuda Klinkowitz, Mr. Eliezer Fuld, and host Mr. Danny Gerber

What, if anything, does The Rolling Stones have to do with TOVA mentoring? Well, “a rolling stone gathers no moss” . . . and neither does TOVA. The TOVA Mentoring Program recently ran yet another amazing event, this time at the home of Danny and Jenny Gerber in Woodmere on motzaei Shabbos, January 12. During the evening, one of the speakers, a former client of TOVA, recalled how The Rolling Stones was the key to his receiving the help and guidance he needed at that time.

“I didn’t want to go to TOVA and speak with anyone,” he related. However, his principal persuaded him to at least meet with a TOVA mentor. Reluctantly, he agreed to go, but decided that he wouldn’t discuss anything “real” with the mentor. “I decided I would only talk about my favorite band, The Rolling Stones.” His mentor wisely went along, but ultimately the client began to open up with his real feelings and was able to receive the help that he needed. He and his mentor are connected to this day.

The evening program was well attended despite the fact that there were several other competing events that night. People came to learn about this important cause and how they themselves could help TOVA. The main speaker of the evening, Rabbi Yehoshua Kurland, a well-known rav at Sh’or Yoshuv, spoke about what is happening in our community and with our children and stressed how imperative TOVA is. “We must support this organization in any way that we can. There is nothing more important than our children. If it’s not your child or your neighbor’s child, then there is certainly someone you know who either has or needs a mentor in their life.”

During the program, TOVA’s director of development, Eliezer Fuld, spoke about the ongoing and new activities of TOVA. “Mentor/mentee matches are being made daily by our indefatigable program director, Yehuda Klinkowitz, who works tirelessly to help the young people of our community get the help that is so necessary for them.” He went on to inform the audience about the fundraisers that TOVA is planning currently, which include a $100,000 raffle to benefit TOVA and four other events in Far Rockaway, North Woodmere, Cedarhurst, and Bayswater (details to be announced later).

If you are interested in becoming a mentor for the program, sending your child to the program, or want to knowing how you can help TOVA out financially or in any other way, please get in touch with TOVA at zezyfuld@tovamentoring.org or call 516-295-0550. v


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