If you find yourself in NYC on Sunday March 30, 2014 - swing by Congregation Ohab Zedek (OZ) - Annual Blood Drive in memory of Ayelet.
OZ was one of the conerstone shuls who helped get the word out about Ayelet needing a transplant in 2011 and were instrumental in setting up bone marrow drives for us. They continue their amazing efforts with this blood drive annually to remember our Ayelet.
Thank you OZ, Rabbi Allen Schwartz, and the Upper West Side Community for continuing on these acts of kindess in memory and in the name of our little Ayelet.
Sunday, March 30th
~Congregation Ohab Zedek~
118 West 95th Street (btw amsterdam and columbus)
Time: 9:00 am- 3:00 pm
If you want to volunteer or help out please contact the OZ office.
Thanks to Aunt Yael Galena for running her first half marathon in memory of Ayelet. Always amazing to see us all somehow keep moving, gettingup, and choosing life. Thank you Yael for inspiring us all.
On January 31, 2012, two years ago today, Ayelet passed away. We lost our little fighter. Our sweet little ball of fun. Mrs. Miss, cowie mcow. At times it feels more like two days ago.
What we witnessed, what occurred, still seems shocking. The magnitude of the loss our child to us, still children ourselves, doesn’t make any sense. That final night comes back in vivid detail. How the hell could this happen?
And what were feelings of grief and mourning, turn to numbness then anger, rage, sadness. The waves of emotions come in and out like the endless tide.
Memories wash over us with such a bittersweet taste, remembering her, and those who stood up for our daughter, so proud, and then without notice, a deep loneliness drifts in, leaving us, bereft, alone.
She’s not there. Gone baby gone.
People often ask how we survived, and I always answer bluntly:
We, for good or bad, are not the same. Like all who experience trauma, this is our new normal.
Too heavy for one heart to bare, to comprehend, to fathom. Luckily, we have a world of connected strangers behind us - Ayelet Nation, you, who will not let us forget the brut force of life that was little Ayelet. You witnessed this. You felt her impact.
You heard her cry. Our cry.
And so we ask you to help us not forget the inspiration of Ayelet Yakira. Our dearest deer. 2 years after our 2 year old was returned. Taken.
A child whose body was born broken, yet somehow she was able to make us whole. She reminded us to dig deep - we have more within us, as individuals and as a community, that we can get up when knocked way down, we can go another final round.
She’d want us to get up, to live more vividly. Like in the flick Rocky ‘Get up you son of a bitch ‘cause Mickey loves you’. (I replace Mickey with Ayelet.) Take action and choose to give it your all. Ayelet reminded us that we all have a superhero uniform underneath our regular everyday garb, just waiting to be unleashed. She ripped off the regular.
So if you have a moment today please shed a tear, a prayer, a thought, a wish to remember the little girl who loved nothing more than a day of stickers, straws and smiles. She, I am sure is smirking down on us, getting a kick out of just how much her story, her past, is still so very present in our lives.
Let the unstoppable tears of two years ago, drive us to become unstoppable human beings.
If you use the hashtag #MissingAyelet it will add your message to the Ayelet Mosiac here:
Remebering Ayelet Mosiac: http://apps.hyperactivate.com/games/preview_new/52eacde17faad?width=800&height=805
Learning about life while experiencing death -
It’s not for everyone, but for some who watch their kids suffer, the support they receive from strangers is a godsend of the Internet age
Some nice quotes about Ayelet Nation….”It’s all about what these kids teach us about life.”http://www.timesofisrael.com/parents-who-blog-about-their-terminally-ill-children/
The Forward 50: The Girl Who Broke Your Heart - A Year Later... -
Ayelet Galena’s mother Hindy Poupko made last year’s Forward 50 for taking her ailing daughter’s fight for life to the internet. A year later, the girl’s legacy lives on.
Sunday May 12th 11-3PM
Buy a cupcake, get swabbed in memory of Ayelet. Thanks to JCC in Manhattan 20’s + 30’s Alisa W Gift of Life Genna Singer
Sign up on Facebook and ask yourself if you know someone not swabbe:https://www.facebook.com/events/457955330957381/?ref=br_tf
To listen to Hindy on the Radio Show “Something To Talk About With Randi Wartelsky” go to their archives: http://www.nachumsegal.com/jm-in-the-am/something-to-talk-about-with-randi-wartelsky/
Listen in: Hindy will be on the radio today, 3pm, talking about our Ayelet Z”L, along with Jay Feinberg from the Gift of Life Foundation
Tune in today at 3 PM on the stream at Www.nachumsegal.com