Jewish Journal

Acts of Charity and Kindness

by  Joan Hyler

November 16, 2009 | 2:02 pm

One year ago, when I came to consciousness in the hospital after a car accident, I was surrounded by family, clients, Hollywood friends and the Hollywood Jewish community who had maintained a presence at my side davening, learning and praying for me - one year later I have survived, am at home, working full time and continuing to learn with Torah buddies and my rabbis, Olivia, Schlomo and Mendel Schwartz of the Chai Center located in Mar Vista.  The Schwartzes have just suffered the death of a grand child in Jerusalem, three year old Shula who was killed in a freaky car accident.

When I awoke a year ago it was on my birthday and I was given a party by loved ones accompanied by gifts, cards, hugs, crying, laughter and I truly felt the love and still do.

Next week the Schwartzes are having a memorial for their granddaughter called Shloshim.  In honor of my birthday this year, I would like to request those who can to please give a check to the Chai Center in Shula’s name.  If you are unable to send a check to the Chai Center please study Torah in her name, or make a commitment to do acts of kindness and friendship in her name - and wish me a happy birthday and long life as you do. 

Shavuah Tov.

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