Good People Doing Good Things
I admit it. I love feel good stories about people making a difference. Every once in a while, I feel we’re in need of a good dose of stories about people who prove our faith in humanity. Here are two examples.
Chess Club for Children of Ramle
Here’s a video about Daniel Prozumenshivov, an American chess player who started a chess club for minority and immigrant kids in Ramle, a low-income suburb of Tel Aviv.
Looks as if David and his partner are MASA volunteers.
And while we’re on the topic of doing good, let me bring your attention to a man I have dubbed Saint Nicholas.
Sir Nicholas Winton of Britain, 98, has been nominated for a 2008 Nobel Peace for his work in organizing rescue missions to save 669 Czechoslovakian Jewish children from concentration camps in 1939. He secured safe passage for the children through Germany and found them foster homes in Britain for the duration of the war.
Sir Winton’s heroic action was secret until his wife discovered documentation in the attic detailing his efforts. Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum, does not consider Sir Winton a righteous gentile because his family was originally Jewish, having converted to Christianity before he was born.
Keep reading to learn more about Sir Nicholas Winton and
his incredible efforts.
Sir Winton’s Nobel nomination comes from 32,000 Czech school children, who signed a petition asking for the Nobel Committee to recognize his efforts. In a ceremony where he received the Cross of Merit from the Czech government last year, he said: “I am completely overwhelmed that should happen to me for something I did before most of you were born.”
But Saint Nicholas, we are here because of you and people like you.
Thank you to Simply Jews for the tip off.
Go forth. Do good.
Photo sourced from The Power of Good.
Righteous Gentiles & the Fight Against Anti-Semitism:
- “Good News from the Jewish World: the Fight Against Anti-Semitism”
- “Yad Vashem Honors Albanian Muslims Among Righteous Gentiles”
Making a Difference:
- “Jewish Princess Desert Odyssey: Adventure in the Negev”
- “Feel Good Activism: Shahar Peer’s Tennis Clinic, Fun Day for Sick Children, Kind Citizens of Jenin”
- “Gaza Giving: Surfing for Peace with Dr. Dorian Paskowitz”
- “Jewish Philanthropy with a Twist: Find this Man a Bride”
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