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Yachad Marathon Raises $300,000 for Inclusion Programming

Miami—Yachad, the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, and an agency of the Orthodox Union, announced that it raised a total of $300,000 in its annual eighth marathon in Miami on January 29, 2017.

With runners of all ages (from 12 to 65) and all abilities, coming from Israel, Canada, California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland, Illinois, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond—the marathon drew 150 runners. Yachad’s IVDU Schools, based in Brooklyn, brought 25 students in addition to staff to participate in the marathon.

The Orthodox Union’s Jewish Learning Initiative on Campus partnered with Team Yachad, with 15 runners from three different universities. Saw You At Sinai, the leading Orthodox dating website, offered singles programming over the weekend as well.

“It was amazing to see the partnerships that evolved over this week,” said Ken Saibel, associate director of Yachad, who ran for the fifth time this year. “Between the local Miami community’s warm support and race-day participation, and over 30 food donations from various OU kosher companies for the marathon’s events, we were moved by the community’s investment in this special event.”

“It was awe-inspiring to witness individuals of all ages, abilities and fitness levels reaching the finish line together,” said Marla Rottenstreich, assistant director of Yachad and a first-time marathon runner herself. “Team Yachad had such a profoundly strong presence at the 2017 Miami Marathon running hand-in-hand for disability inclusion; we shared our message loud and clear and have so very much to be proud of…as a team.”

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