Roughing it for the Community

May 9, 2011 by Henry Benjamin
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More than 200 Sydney school students from years 8-12 will sleep out in the cold at Randwick Racecourse next month to raise awareness of the plight of Jewish homeless and cash to ease their burden.


Rabbi Mendel Kastel watches over a sleeping Daniel Serebro


Organised by Sydney’s Jewish House, the students from all Jewish Day Schools and from all public and private schools serviced by the Jewish Board of Education, will experience what it is like to sleep on carboard and to eat basic food from soup kitchens.

17-yr-old Year 12 Moriah student Daniel Se


Jewish House CEO, Rabbi Mendel Kastel, told J-Wire: “The students will have a typical homeless dinner…a roll with vegetable soup. The Point Zero c=van will be there dishing out hot chocolate…then it will be time for them rto experience a little light entertainment from the school bands before settling down to experience what it is like to sleep out in the open in winter. Tragically, in my work, it is not infrequently when we have to come to the aid of Jewish schoolchildren who find themselves on the streets of Sydney.”

Rabbi Kastel joined many of the city’s senior CEO’s at a similar event last year.

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