Albert Einstein said, “Creativity is contagious, pass it on,” and that’s exactly what was happening as Noah Reichstein and Abbie Mandelker joined forces for Tamir at the Chanukah Gift Fair, November 17, at the Soloway Jewish Community Centre.
Tamir was the recipient charity of proceeds raised from the sales of Noah Reichstein’s Potter’s Up pottery and Abby Mandelker’s beaded jewellery collections which in total raised more than $650!
Both Noah and Abby began their work in support of Tamir as part of their bar/bat mitzvah projects. Noah’s bar mitzvah took place in October and Abby is currently preparing for her bat mitzvah.
Both Noah and Abby have a flare for creativity. Noah has a small enterprise which he has built through six years of instruction in pottery. Abby is a jeweler in the making, with an eye for colour and styling. Her display at the Chanukah Gift Fair was a feast for the eyes! Everything from glass beads, to crystals, to metal and wood, even beads recycled from vintage pieces. There was also quite a sales team at work thanks to the support of Abby’s friends and fellow beaders Amanda McCarthy, Daeva Miles, and Julia Richard.
It was hard for Chanukah Gift Fair attendees not to be drawn in by both Noah and Abby. Their enthusiasm and positivity could not be beat as guest after guest stopped by check out items for sale. More than anything, it was their spirit and their joy which they expressed when they told customers their reason for being at the Chanukah Gift Fair was to raise funds for Tamir.
“I just had my bar mitzvah and I received so many gifts, I felt that Tamir could benefit from the funds more than I could right now. I hope the funds will go towards something that Tamir participants really need” said Noah.
Both Noah and Abby’s parents, Sharon Reichstein and Barbara and Barry Mandelker, were there to offer their support and show their pride for their children’s community spirit.
“I feel like helping and giving back is highly rewarding and contagious. Starting at a young age ensures a lifetime commitment. The hope is that Noah’s actions will inspire others his age to get involved,” said Sharon.
Barbara and Barry Mandelker, a member of Tamir’s Board of Directors, encouraged Abby to get involved with Tamir and she took to the opportunity right away. In addition to the Chanukah Gift Fair, Abby and her friends hosted a beading workshop at Tamir’s Day Program on Donald Street for participants and plans are underway for future workshops.
“She fundraises in advance to raise the money to buy the beads for the workshop and she and her friends love the opportunity to be involved and teaching others new skills,” said Barbara.
If anything is certain, not only is Noah and Abby’s creativity contagious, it’s their initiative to use their creative talents as a way to help better the lives of others in their community. Tamir will recognize Noah, Abby, Amanda, Daeva, and Julia for their generous contributions at the Tamir Chanukah Party on Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 pm, at Agudath Israel.
Katherine Carter writes on behalf of Tamir.