Wars destroy, but our bears do bring joy

Bears from Bergenfield, in its 20th year, chose to bring various groups of do-gooders together to help celebrate the BearsCare anniversary.  What unfolded was beyond Rabbi Claire’s bears dreams. An emergency Spring and early Summer toy drive of close to 1500 stuffed toys recycled by 7 organizations and private civilians, and redistributed by 5 caring and compassionate charities who wanted to see a sad child hug a bear.
So who made this happen and who benefitted? See below.
1- Rabbi Ethan J. KATZ and the Tikvah orphanage children from Odessa displaced to Neptun, Romania. 2- Kelly Brin, Melissa Sussman, Dov Littman, and Yad l’olim, a Knesset run project to absorb their newest olim- Ukrainian refugees pop up at Cinema City in Jerusalem 3- One Family Fund- Chantal Belzberg, Director, and Dina Kit, supervisor; children terror survivors 4- Dr. Ellie Turkington Ramat Aviv UKRAINIAN refugee pop up 5- Melissa H. Light and ❤️ BERGEN and Hudson COUNTY pop up.

Who made these stuffed toy drives and collections happen happen? 1. Kerri Klein of Washington School, 2. Deirdre Kessler and her Norwood girl scouts troops, 3. Kerry Miller and her Ridgewood Infant toddler development program, 4.  Tenafly Chabad’s Pegah Benin, Matt and Orly Morganthal,Yael Shammai and her brother, Sharon Shichor, plus RabbinYossi Katz and the Tenafly Chabad Hebrew school. 5. Closter Chabad’s Hebrew school with Rebbetzin Mushky Glukowsky at the helm, 6. Sarit Assulin and Breisheet Israeli school 7. Debby Richman Trachtenberg of Englewood with the assistance of Rebbetzin Barbara Goldin.

Coordinator of all of the donors and distributors- Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein and 20 years at the helm of Bears from Bergenfield.
Result? Over 1500 stuffed toys collected and redistributed to 100s of children.
So many happier and comforted children.....

Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein
Bears from Bergenfield
Bringing smiles to one child at a time.

Who will step up next?

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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