We are Team Chareidim!
We, the members of Team Chareidim, are most likely not participating in Walk Off Parkinson’s on Sunday September 30, 2017 at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. We can't -- there is an important Jewish festival starting that evening, and a solemn (and long) service in the synagogue Sunday morning. We can't be at two places at once. But we can get together and raise money, anyway, for the Parkinson's Foundation of the National Capital Area ("PFNCA").
Our name -- Chareidim -- is being used here as a bilingual pun. The word in the Bible (Isaiah 66:5) refers to righteous people who quake or tremble when they stand before them. In modern Hebrew, it is a term to describe a large segment of especially noticeable Orthodox Jews. The team is captained by Bruce James, an Orthodox Jew who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2009. He's the guy in orange, below, standing next to President Lincoln.
On September 30th, many other fine people will gather with thousands of others impacted by Parkinson’s to show that those facing this disease that they do not do so alone. We will raise funds to support those impacted by Parkinson’s including people diagnosed with the disease, care partners and their family members. It is always a touching scene and quite a meaningful experience.
History shows that members of Team Chareidim who join and then send a fundraising letter (sample letters are included with membership) to people they know who have either has the disease, or knows someone who had it before -- can raise more than $1000 with one e-mail in just a few days. Therefore, if you joint the team, you will multiply the value of your own donation.
Please join us or make a donation.
You can make a donation in honor of a member of our team by selecting their name from the roster on the right.
Or, you can make a donation by sending a check (saving on credit card processing fees) payable to the Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area (PFNCA) to:
8830 Cameron, #201
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Please be sure to write Walk Off Parkinson's and our team name in the memo line.
Together, we will Walk Off Parkinson’s.
7/23/2018: I got a late start setting up Team Chareidim for this year's walk (one which we can't even make because of a religious holiday conflict). However, in our first day Team Chareidim brought in $677 this year. Welcome to our newest member, Rabbi Ira Brandris! Keep watching us on the leader board while we're near the top. The big money hasn't stepped up yet. But they make raising money look easy with many donors giving $5,000. I wish I knew someone in that crowd.