Going the Distance

YUHS Students Raise $60,000 for Children with Disabilities as Participants in Jerusalem Marathon

Last week, 14 Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy/Yeshiva University High School for Boys (MTA) and six Samuel H. Wang Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central) students traveled to Israel to participate in the Jersualem Marathon with Team SHALVA’s National Children Center, which supports children with disabilities.

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MTA students running in the Jerusalem Marathon last week

The students raised a total of over $60,000 for SHALVA during the past school year. They chose the cause because they felt a personal connection to SHALVA’s mission to help young people of all abilities succeed. “Running through the gates and streets of the Old City of Jerusalem was really inspirational,” said Elie Hirt, assistant director of student activities and recruitment at MTA. 

Central students at the Jerusalem Marathon
Central students at the Jerusalem Marathon

“This was the most meaningful run of my life, and knowing that my students and I were supporting SHALVA made it that much more momentous,” said Bracha Rutner, assistant principal at Central. 

“We were running for the best cause in the world, while spending time in the best land in the world,” said student Reuven Penn.