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In this Monday, April 9, 2007, file photo, Afghan boys play soccer in front of the area where the enormous Buddha statues once stood in Bamiyan province, before their destruction at the hands of the Taliban in March 2000. (AP Photo/Amir Shah, File)
In this Monday, April 9, 2007, file photo, Afghan boys play soccer in front of the area where the enormous Buddha statues once stood in Bamiyan province, before their destruction at the hands of the Taliban in March 2000. (AP Photo/Amir Shah, File)

On Tuesday, three groups of children who represent the diversity of Israeli society were given a special opportunity to spend Yom Maasim Tovim, Good Deeds Day with the Maccabi Tel Aviv Football Club. The organizations who participated were UNICEF, The Peres Center for Peace and the Special Olympics.

UNICEF children with Maccabi Tel Aviv FC players and Mascot Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv FC
UNICEF children with Maccabi Tel Aviv FC players and Mascot
Courtesy Maccabi Tel Aviv FC

The children had the opportunity to play at stations including an obstacle course and penalty shootouts which were manned by the Maccabi Tel Aviv youth coaches as well as play with some of the players and receive autographs.

UNICEF Israel is part of the global movement to protect children, secure their rights and improve their lives.

The Peres Center for Peace promotes peace building between Israel and its Arab neighbors.

Special Olympics is an international organization that promotes the profession of sports among people with intellectual disabilities through the organization of sports events and competitions.

Eli Dasa, one of the Maccabi Tel Aviv players that participated said: “I wish this could happen every day. There is nothing like seeing happy children and giving them some attention. This is a great program where we can show them love and they in turn love us back.”

Jonny Cline, Executive Director of UNICEF Israel was happy to bring his students from Rishon L’Tzion and Even Yehuda to the event which included a wide range of participants as “Sports is a language for all.”

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Sharona holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School, Yeshiva University. Sharona was the first Congregational Intern and Madricha Ruchanit at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY. After making aliya in 2004, Sharona founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non profit organization based in Jerusalem which provides Torah study groups for students of all ages and backgrounds.
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