Hi guys! Welcome to our fundraising page-- We could not be prouder to share our new adventure with you all and take you on our journey.
We will be spending the next coming months training hard for the Miami Half Marathon on February 8, 2020. We’re so excited to share that we are raising money for the JCS Alliance team, which supports Holocaust survivors in need. The financial support raised by the team will go towards dental and medical care, therapy, prescription drugs, personal emergency response systems, housing, transportation, and one-time emergencies. Together, we hope to raise $1,200 of the overall $30,000 team goal.
We were both privileged to attend the Leo Martin March of the Living in 2015 and 2016, respectively. This incredible program takes high school students to Poland for one week and then to Israel the week after. During this intense and emotional trip, we spent a week walking through the concentration camps, standing in the same spots where so many innocent Jewish lives were stolen. This trip gave us new perspectives on the horrors that happened less than 70 years ago and left us with frustration, sadness, and hope for a better tomorrow.
Both of Josh’s grandparents, Charlie and Esther Greenspan, were Holocaust survivors. His grandfather, or “Zaydie” in Yiddish, was born in Zwolen, Poland and went through 3 concentration camps until liberation from Buchenwald. Josh’s Zaydie was the sole survivor of his family, having lost his parents and his 6 siblings. Josh’s Bubbie was born in Krakow, Poland, and went through a labor camp in Siberia during the Holocaust. After the war, Josh’s grandparents both ended up in a DP (Displaced Persons) camp in Fehrenwald, Germany, which is where they met. His grandparents ended up moving to Newark, New Jersey, then eventually settling in South Florida. Josh’s Zaydie passed away in 2007 and his Bubbie in 2015. They were both compassionate, hard-working, supportive, caring, and emotionally and physically tough. They were loved by so many and missed dearly.
We will be running the half-marathon in honor of Josh’s grandparents, Holocaust survivors everywhere, and the 6 million innocent Jewish lives lost.
May we never forget, may we always find light in darkness, and when given the choice to hate or to love, may we always choose love.
Josh and Michal