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THANK YOU to All Who Registered At Temple Israel on Mitzvah Day

November 2011

Assemblywoman Connie Wagner (left) and Assemblyman Tim Eustace (right) show their support for Ezra’s mom, Robin Fineman (center) at Sunday’s marrow drive at Temple Israel.

Thirty-four potentially lifesaving donors registered on Community Blood Services’ HLA bone marrow Registry at the bone marrow registration drive held on Mitzvah Day, Nov. 6, at Temple Israel, Ridgewood, in the name of 2-year-old Ezra Fineman.

Each year Mitzvah Day brings together volunteers from throughout the community for a day of service during which volunteers fulfill one of Judaism’s core values, tikkun olam, or "repairing the world," through activities like the marrow registration drive for Ezra and other critically ill patients like him.

Two-year-old Ezra loves the alphabet, music, and his tricycle. Ezra, who lives in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, has a rare primary immune deficiency disorder called Hyper IgM Syndrome and needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Tissue type is inherited, so Ezra’s best chance is a genetically matched donor of Eastern European ancestry. You can click here for more information about Ezra.

To find out if you are a match for Ezra, all it takes is a simple swab of your cheek! If you were unable to attend Sunday’s drive and still want to register you can call 800-336-3363, click here to print a registration form, or register at www.bethematch.org.

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