Click here to Donate

For 20 Yachad Israel members, participating in this year’s Jerusalem Marathon on March 13 was the culmination of a dream. They all ran five or 10 kilometers.

Award hZPY7oNhLSDHi5IGb4BasQ6vr8en1q7KLwd1HL5dorNb=w758-h486-no
From left, first row: Hannah Tessel, from Riverdale, Bronx, President of the Yachad Israel Leadership Board; Suri Goldstock; Mendy Goldstock; Yoel Sterman, Director of Yachad Israel. Second row: Pearli Brown, a National Service volunteer and Lisa Galinsky, Co-Director of Yachad Israel.

Siblings Suri Goldstock, 24, and Mendy Goldstock, 21, are new olim living in Yerushalayim. They trained with their father for several months to be able to run in their first marathon. At the Pasta Party the night before the big event, they received the Sibling Athlete Award in recognition of their efforts.


Kurnick IGa4zm1BFuR7sLu_WNO2QpHwIPgF8iI-qZjYwkILLC7s=w561-h441-no





Both Suri and Mendy Goldstock ran 5 kilometers. Mendy was accompanied by his peer, Benji Kurnick (right) a student from Los Angeles, California, who is learning at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah this year. The Goldstocks raised a significant amount of money to help expand Yachad Israel activities.

Elchi text JVH_gdi442G3o3kNQpIYyw9nydPtZgvIu5eQcALykdGt=w615-h441-no


Elichi Glaser, 24, (in orange jersey) from Alon Shevut, in the Etzion Bloc south of Yerushalayim, is a veteran runner. This year he was accompanied by his peers, Dovid Simpser (to Glaser’s right) and Dovie Levinson who are both studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shevut for the second year.


Team Yachad Israel had about 290 runners this year. About one-third live in Israel and the remaining two-thirds are studying in Israel for the year. Together they raised more than $200,000. 

“All the money they raised goes to Yachad Israel programs,” says Yoel Sterman, Director of Yachad Israel. “Team Yachad enables us to provide inclusive programs throughout the year,” he says. “This includes Shabbatonim, summer programs, and all kinds of special events,” says Co-Director Lisa Galinsky. “We cater to inviduals such as Suri, Mendy and Elchi and promote inclusion into the community at large,” she says.

Yachad Israel works with a group of peers or buddies, Sterman explains. “It was beautiful to see how enthusiastic everyone was both during the year and when it was time for the big day.”

“We take pride in being part of the beautiful Team Yachad family,” Galinsky says.

Berren edited TalY18zY3oazj9x0mRpZLmOU-hh_gHpZ-G7AoiuXMSrc=w586-h322-no

Yehuda Berren, Yachad Israel’s oldest member, crosses the finish line with a group of Yachad buddies.

Suri edited 2wqriEs88xlDBI_dIcDTA_IFYtoKl_N59C4syZk2xI9V=w423-h377-no

National Service volunteer Nechamie Saxon, (left) who made aliyah from Florida, celebrates with Suri Goldstock at the end of the marathon.