Claire Ginsburg Goldstein
the teddy bear Rabbi

7000 teddybears or bust!

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A proud donor to our cause, including the Oct. 7th war.

Rabbi Claire, the author, and her mascot bear. 

Since Oct. 7th, I have been imploring our community to please donate teddy bears and stuffed toys for the displaced children in Israel. We have amassed close to 7000 toys, with most being shipped to Israel.

We’ve donated and redistributed the toys so far to:

*Brothers and Sisters in Arms, Israel, Hod Hasharon

*SACH in Holon, Israel

*The New House of Chabad in Netanya

*Love for Israel in Beit Shemesh

*One Family in Jerusalem

*Operation Teddybear in Jerusalem

*plus several other donation sites via Careone Teaneck shipping.

What we’ve experienced is that several people have told that they either can’t afford the $50 that El Al is charging or that they didn’t know that it was so bad in Israel, that they would prefer to donate here without being charged.

I didn’t realize that so many don’t watch the news or dismiss it and say, “Israel had it coming to them or they should halt this war, that it isn’t fair to the poor Palestinians.”

I don’t know how to change their perceived realities of how the truth has been so altered. I’ve called congressmen and signed petitions. I’ve attended rallies and prayer gatherings. I’ve sent emails to politicians. I recite Tehilim/ Psalms.

So I keep collecting and flying the teddybears to Israel.

I can use your help and support if you would like to get involved.

  • Support financially to cover El Al’s costs. You can Venmo me.
  • suitcases or duffels
  • stuffed toys.
  • standing together in unity
  • For further information, contact me at Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein, Bears from Bergenfield
  • I’ll welcome your support.  Together, we can all make a difference. CommUNITY wins.
About the Author
Rabbi Claire conceived of the concept Bears from Bergenfield upon a routine check of the Israeli staff at camp SLC August of 2001. She realized that the world needed to wake up and become aware of the suffering the Israelis were enduring as the Palestinians continued their intifada against them. After 18 years and 195,000 teddy bears amassed and redistributed, Rabbi Claire is searching for more public platforms to proliferate and advance her message, that Jewish lives matter, especially with a teddy bear. Rabbi Claire lives in Bergen County with her husband of 38 years, Larry, and their 4 children, Sam, Shira, Seth, and Sarah Rose, plus their incoming son-in-law Ivan. For further information of how to get involved with this endearing project, contact her at
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