Ayzik and Rimma Shikh are active volunteers in their Brooklyn, New York, community, and often involve their children in service activities.
“We started volunteering, not only for ourselves, but with our children because we wanted them to see that they are the ones that can make a difference. That nothing in life should be taken for granted, and that it feels good to give back,” said Ayzik.
In 2013, the Shikhs started a chapter of the Jewish Community Center (JCC) Maccabi Games at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA. The Olympic-style sporting competition is the second largest organized sports program for Jewish teenagers in the world.
“We have participated in yearly games, bringing about 100 kids to compete and experience the wonderful spirit of the Jewish Junior Olympics,” said Ayzik. Because of the Shikhs’ fundraising efforts, children from low income families were able to receive sponsorships to attend the event.
As part of their commitment to their community, the family has also organized and hosted holiday celebrations, such as World Shabbat and Hanukkah, and volunteered at their local soup kitchen. They also participate in service activities with the Jewish Women Renaissance Project, iMishpacha, and Morgan Stanley.
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